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Graduation Comparison Between Iowa Colleges

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Graduation Rate Comparison

The average graduation rate of Colleges in Iowa is 68.38% where 13,917 students out of 20,352 candidates have complete their courses and degrees. The rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time (for example, 6 years for 4 years BS program) divided by the candidates. The numbers in parenthesis() represent data by gender (men/women) for each cell respectively. The following table compares the graduation rates between Colleges in Iowa.
Among the Colleges in Iowa, Grinnell College has the most highest graduation rate of 86.67%, while Upper Iowa University has the lowest rate of 26.89%.
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Graduation Rate Comparison Between Colleges In Iowa
Name Graduation Rate
(Men/Women)
Completers
(Men/Women)
Candidates
(Men/Women)
Briar Cliff University50.00%
(39.13% / 63.74%)
103
(45 / 58)
206
(115 / 91)
Buena Vista University62.19%
(52.88% / 72.16%)
125
(55 / 70)
201
(104 / 97)
Central College67.83%
(66.20% / 69.48%)
291
(143 / 148)
429
(216 / 213)
Clarke University65.75%
(58.33% / 68.42%)
119
(28 / 91)
181
(48 / 133)
Coe College61.70%
(53.50% / 67.58%)
232
(84 / 148)
376
(157 / 219)
Cornell College67.43%
(63.57% / 71.21%)
176
(82 / 94)
261
(129 / 132)
Divine Word College50.00%
(0.00% / 100.00%)
1
(0 / 1)
2
(1 / 1)
Dordt University65.44%
(60.30% / 72.08%)
231
(120 / 111)
353
(199 / 154)
Drake University76.63%
(76.26% / 76.91%)
600
(257 / 343)
783
(337 / 446)
University of Dubuque45.70%
(42.71% / 51.30%)
202
(123 / 79)
442
(288 / 154)
Emmaus Bible College83.02%
(78.95% / 85.29%)
44
(15 / 29)
53
(19 / 34)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary55.00%
(46.88% / 64.29%)
33
(15 / 18)
60
(32 / 28)
Graceland University-Lamoni40.86%
(33.70% / 54.08%)
114
(61 / 53)
279
(181 / 98)
Grand View University55.56%
(46.10% / 65.22%)
155
(65 / 90)
279
(141 / 138)
Grinnell College86.67%
(81.00% / 91.49%)
377
(162 / 215)
435
(200 / 235)
Iowa State University74.72%
(72.02% / 78.16%)
4,482
(2,417 / 2,065)
5,998
(3,356 / 2,642)
Iowa Wesleyan University29.87%
(26.67% / 41.18%)
23
(16 / 7)
77
(60 / 17)
University of Iowa72.19%
(70.65% / 73.47%)
3,138
(1,396 / 1,742)
4,347
(1,976 / 2,371)
Loras College69.62%
(64.43% / 75.28%)
259
(125 / 134)
372
(194 / 178)
Luther College76.74%
(69.92% / 82.51%)
429
(179 / 250)
559
(256 / 303)
Maharishi University of Management42.86%
(38.46% / 50.00%)
9
(5 / 4)
21
(13 / 8)
Mercy College of Health Sciences53.85%
(0.00% / 58.33%)
7
(0 / 7)
13
(1 / 12)
Morningside College60.34%
(49.47% / 72.73%)
213
(93 / 120)
353
(188 / 165)
Mount Mercy University57.46%
(48.48% / 60.40%)
77
(16 / 61)
134
(33 / 101)
University of Northern Iowa63.56%
(58.72% / 66.89%)
1,118
(421 / 697)
1,759
(717 / 1,042)
Northwestern College68.57%
(63.50% / 72.47%)
216
(87 / 129)
315
(137 / 178)
Saint Ambrose University64.04%
(56.22% / 70.38%)
333
(131 / 202)
520
(233 / 287)
Simpson College70.93%
(66.67% / 74.86%)
244
(110 / 134)
344
(165 / 179)
Upper Iowa University26.89%
(26.92% / 26.83%)
89
(56 / 33)
331
(208 / 123)
Waldorf University51.90%
(50.00% / 54.05%)
41
(21 / 20)
79
(42 / 37)
Wartburg College68.32%
(60.94% / 75.76%)
317
(142 / 175)
464
(233 / 231)
William Penn University36.50%
(25.82% / 56.64%)
119
(55 / 64)
326
(213 / 113)
Average68.38%
(64.02% / 72.76%)
13,917
(6,525 / 7,392)
20,352
(10,192 / 10,160)
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Transfer-out Rate Comparison

The average transfer-out rate of Colleges in Iowa is 19.49% where 3,039 students have transferred out from schools out of 15,596 graduation candidates. The transfer-out rate is calculated as the number of transfer-out students divided by total number of graduation candidates. The following table compares the transfer-out rates between Colleges in Iowa.
Among the Colleges in Iowa, Upper Iowa University has the lowest transfer-out rate of 0.30%, while Iowa Wesleyan University has the highest rate of 54.55% (more students transferred out from the school).
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Transfer-out Rate Comparison Between Colleges In Iowa
NameTransfer-out Rate
(Men/Women)
Transfer-out
(Men/Women)
Total Students
(Men/Women)
Briar Cliff University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
206
(115 / 91)
Buena Vista University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
201
(104 / 97)
Central College29.84%
(31.02% / 28.64%)
128
(67 / 61)
429
(216 / 213)
Clarke University32.04%
(39.58% / 29.32%)
58
(19 / 39)
181
(48 / 133)
Coe College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
376
(157 / 219)
Cornell College26.44%
(30.23% / 22.73%)
69
(39 / 30)
261
(129 / 132)
Divine Word College50.00%
(100.00% / 0.00%)
1
(1 / 0)
2
(1 / 1)
Dordt University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
353
(199 / 154)
Drake University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
783
(337 / 446)
University of Dubuque0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
442
(288 / 154)
Emmaus Bible College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
53
(19 / 34)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary15.00%
(21.88% / 7.14%)
9
(7 / 2)
60
(32 / 28)
Graceland University-Lamoni3.58%
(3.31% / 4.08%)
10
(6 / 4)
279
(181 / 98)
Grand View University32.26%
(38.30% / 26.09%)
90
(54 / 36)
279
(141 / 138)
Grinnell College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
435
(200 / 235)
Iowa State University16.59%
(17.34% / 15.63%)
995
(582 / 413)
5,998
(3,356 / 2,642)
Iowa Wesleyan University54.55%
(53.33% / 58.82%)
42
(32 / 10)
77
(60 / 17)
University of Iowa19.62%
(18.67% / 20.41%)
853
(369 / 484)
4,347
(1,976 / 2,371)
Loras College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
372
(194 / 178)
Luther College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
559
(256 / 303)
Maharishi University of Management0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
21
(13 / 8)
Mercy College of Health Sciences0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
13
(1 / 12)
Morningside College18.13%
(19.68% / 16.36%)
64
(37 / 27)
353
(188 / 165)
Mount Mercy University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
134
(33 / 101)
University of Northern Iowa25.07%
(25.10% / 25.05%)
441
(180 / 261)
1,759
(717 / 1,042)
Northwestern College23.81%
(27.74% / 20.79%)
75
(38 / 37)
315
(137 / 178)
Saint Ambrose University34.62%
(41.20% / 29.27%)
180
(96 / 84)
520
(233 / 287)
Simpson College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
344
(165 / 179)
Upper Iowa University0.30%
(0.00% / 0.81%)
1
(0 / 1)
331
(208 / 123)
Waldorf University24.05%
(26.19% / 21.62%)
19
(11 / 8)
79
(42 / 37)
Wartburg College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
464
(233 / 231)
William Penn University1.23%
(1.88% / 0.00%)
4
(4 / 0)
326
(213 / 113)
Average19.49%
(19.57% / 19.40%)
3,039
(1,542 / 1,497)
15,596
(7,878 / 7,718)
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Retention Rate Comparison

The average retention rate of Colleges in Iowa is 74.16% for full-time students and 67.80% for part-time students. Retention rate is the percentage of a school's first-time, first-year undergraduate students who continue at that school the next year (Sophomore year). The following table compares the retention rates between Colleges in Iowa.
Among the Colleges in Iowa, Divine Word College has the most highest retention rate of 100%, while Maharishi University of Management has the lowest rate of 53%.
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Retention Rate Comparison Between Colleges In Iowa
NameFull-timePart-time
Briar Cliff University68%-
Buena Vista University60%-
Central College79%-
Clarke University71%-
Coe College75%-
Cornell College82%-
Divine Word College100%-
Dordt University76%-
Drake University89%-
University of Dubuque66%80%
Emmaus Bible College67%-
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary68%-
Graceland University-Lamoni61%100%
Grand View University71%-
Grinnell College92%-
Iowa State University87%67%
Iowa Wesleyan University67%-
University of Iowa86%85%
Loras College81%100%
Luther College84%100%
Maharishi University of Management53%-
Mercy College of Health Sciences74%33%
Morningside College71%-
Mount Mercy University67%-
University of Northern Iowa84%71%
Northwestern College75%-
Saint Ambrose University80%25%
Simpson College77%-
Upper Iowa University71%-
Waldorf University59%17%
Wartburg College79%-
William Penn University53%-
Average74.16% 67.80%
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