Best Engineering colleges in Iowa

Why a degree in engineering?

Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.

How to prepare for an engineering degree

Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.

It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.

*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php

Best Engineering colleges in Iowa for 2021

Iowa State University offers 78 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 2,570 Engineering students graduated with students earning 1,969 Bachelor's degrees, 405 Master's degrees, 168 Doctoral degrees, and 28 Certificates.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa offers 42 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 759 Engineering students graduated with students earning 652 Bachelor's degrees, 47 Master's degrees, 45 Doctoral degrees, and 15 Certificates.

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa offers 13 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 118 Engineering students graduated with students earning 109 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Master's degrees, and 1 Doctoral degree.

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Dordt University
Sioux Center, IA

Dordt University offers 13 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 43 Engineering students graduated with students earning 43 Bachelor's degrees.

Upper Iowa University
Fayette, IA

Upper Iowa University offers 5 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote rural area. In 2019, 17 Engineering students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees.

North Iowa Area Community College offers 4 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 15 Engineering students graduated with students earning 12 Associate's degrees, and 3 Certificates.

Luther College
Decorah, IA

Luther College offers 1 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 12 Engineering students graduated with students earning 12 Bachelor's degrees.

Drake University
Des Moines, IA

Drake University offers 2 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 21 Engineering students graduated with students earning 21 Bachelor's degrees.

William Penn University
Oskaloosa, IA

William Penn University offers 5 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 20 Engineering students graduated with students earning 20 Bachelor's degrees.

Central College
Pella, IA

Central College offers 2 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 10 Engineering students graduated with students earning 10 Bachelor's degrees.

List of all Engineering colleges in Iowa

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Iowa State University Logo Iowa State University Ames, IA
3/5
22 : 1 33,372
University of Iowa Logo University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
3/5
23 : 1 31,240
Indian Hills Community College Logo Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA
2/5
27 : 1 3,612
University of Northern Iowa Logo University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
3/5
22 : 1 10,477
Eastern Iowa Community College District Logo Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA
2/5
61 : 1 8,002
Iowa Western Community College Logo Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA
2/5
55 : 1 5,977
Kirkwood Community College Logo Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA
2/5
52 : 1 13,788
Des Moines Area Community College Logo Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
2/5
66 : 1 23,258
Southeastern Community College Logo Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA
2/5
33 : 1 2,478
Northeast Iowa Community College Logo Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
2/5
46 : 1 4,408
Hawkeye Community College Logo Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA
2/5
46 : 1 5,112
Iowa Lakes Community College Logo Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA
2/5
29 : 1 2,035
Iowa Central Community College Logo Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA
2/5
55 : 1 5,237
Dordt University Logo Dordt University Sioux Center, IA
5/5
18 : 1 1,547
Hamilton Technical College Logo Hamilton Technical College Davenport, IA
3/5
22 : 1 134
Western Iowa Tech Community College Logo Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
2/5
91 : 1 5,976
Upper Iowa University Logo Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
5/5
58 : 1 4,279
Waldorf University Logo Waldorf University Forest City, IA
4/5
64 : 1 3,071
North Iowa Area Community College Logo North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA
2/5
43 : 1 2,894
Luther College Logo Luther College Decorah, IA
5/5
12 : 1 1,951

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