Sometimes called the “Food Capital of the World,” Iowa is a medium-sized state in America’s Heartland, the Midwestern region of the United States. Once the land of the Iowa Native American peoples, then a French territory, Iowa was acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase. Its lands were actually closed off to white settlement until the 1830s. Today, Iowa’s culture is very diverse. It was once the home to Buffalo Bill, and later to John Wayne, and former president Herbert Hoover. When you’re not attending one of Iowa’s many colleges and universities, you can go eagle watching, ice-skating, visit a museum or a kite festival.

Iowa State University

Iowa State University of Science and Technology, more commonly just Iowa State University or ISU, is a public land- and space-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. ISU serves over 28,000 culturally-diverse students with 100 majors on the undergraduate and graduate level. Besides several programs rating in the nation’s top 25–including statistics, architecture, chemistry and higher education administration– Iowa State has over 800 student-organized groups. The school has 18 different athletics programs, and has a record high graduation rate for student athletes, who are widely supported at the school with a wide fan base. With an outstanding academic profile, a great athletics program and excellent research faculty, what more could you want in a school? Find out how to apply:

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa, or just UI, is a public research university located in Iowa City, Iowa on 1,900 acres with over 120 buildings. It is the oldest research university in the state and has one of the largest university-owned and operated teaching hospitals in the nation. More than 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students attend  UI each year, and the school faculty numbers around 1,700. The school is renowned for its medical programs and the excellency of these programs shows: UI produces almost 80% of Iowa’s dentists, 50% of Iowa’s physicians and nearly 50% or Iowa’s pharmacists. The student to faculty ratio at this university is about 15:1. Five museums are spread out throughout the campus and 10 libraries, including the largest library in Iowa. Over 1,000 free computer stations are available to students, as well as the more typical free wifi. Student athletes participate in 22 sports programs. The school has been named one of the top 30 best universities in the country, with the #1 Speech Language Pathology Master’s program anywhere in the nation. Want to know more? Visit

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa, known as UNI, is a public university located on 900 acres in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The school was founded in 1876 and today offers over 100 majors to more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UNI possesses 16 varsity sports teams that wear the school colors of purple and gold. They also have Greek Life, a Speech and Debate Team, and several Music Ensembles. UNI has been named a “Military Friendly School,” one of the top 15% of universities and colleges in the country with the best opportunities and resources for veterans. UNI has also been repeatedly ranked as one of the top business schools in the United States. Check out this school by going to

Buena Vista University

Buena Vista College is a private four-year college associated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Storm Lake, Iowa on a rural 60-acre campus. Each year Buena Vista serves around 1,500 students. In 2011 775 students committed 15,000 hours of community service to local parks and institutions. In the Buena Vista student body, one out of three is involved in the intercollegiate NCAA sports programs, of which the school has 19. BVU has dozens of majors for undergraduate and graduate students, with classes that prepare the students for professional and real-world careers. The university has an honors program and a Dean’s Fellowship program that awards incoming freshmen with high academic achievements a monetary stipend. To discover more about Buena Vista, go to

Graceland University

Graceland University is a private non-sectarian liberal arts college affiliated with the Community of Christ. The school has two campuses, one in Independence, Missouri, and the other in Lamoni, Iowa. Graceland in Iowa serves about 2,000 students with 50 degree-granting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s level, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The school has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, and also offers online programs to students in education, religion, and nursing. The average GPA for the incoming freshman class was approximately 3.35. The school offers 19 varsity sports teams for both men and women. To find out more about this university, go to





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