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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 68.87% where 13,906 students out of 20,193 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, Divine Word College has the most highest graduation rate of 100.00%, while Waldorf University has the lowest rate of 29.91%.
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Graduation Rate Comparison Between Colleges In Iowa
Name Graduation Rate
(Men/Women)
Completers
(Men/Women)
Candidates
(Men/Women)
Briar Cliff University40.22%
(31.13% / 53.42%)
72
(33 / 39)
179
(106 / 73)
Buena Vista University60.22%
(60.16% / 60.28%)
162
(77 / 85)
269
(128 / 141)
Central College66.67%
(62.03% / 71.52%)
206
(98 / 108)
309
(158 / 151)
Clarke University63.33%
(56.14% / 66.67%)
114
(32 / 82)
180
(57 / 123)
Coe College65.72%
(61.78% / 68.40%)
255
(97 / 158)
388
(157 / 231)
Cornell College68.89%
(66.13% / 71.23%)
186
(82 / 104)
270
(124 / 146)
Divine Word College100.00%
(0.00% / 100.00%)
1
(0 / 1)
1
(0 / 1)
Dordt University74.53%
(74.63% / 74.39%)
275
(153 / 122)
369
(205 / 164)
Drake University80.03%
(76.38% / 82.86%)
597
(249 / 348)
746
(326 / 420)
University of Dubuque42.79%
(38.24% / 50.30%)
187
(104 / 83)
437
(272 / 165)
Emmaus Bible College64.29%
(53.85% / 73.33%)
18
(7 / 11)
28
(13 / 15)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary40.00%
(42.86% / 38.10%)
14
(6 / 8)
35
(14 / 21)
Graceland University-Lamoni46.46%
(39.34% / 55.63%)
151
(72 / 79)
325
(183 / 142)
Grand View University54.73%
(46.05% / 63.89%)
162
(70 / 92)
296
(152 / 144)
Grinnell College88.65%
(85.25% / 91.25%)
375
(156 / 219)
423
(183 / 240)
Iowa State University74.05%
(70.72% / 78.19%)
4,475
(2,367 / 2,108)
6,043
(3,347 / 2,696)
Iowa Wesleyan University31.37%
(22.41% / 43.18%)
32
(13 / 19)
102
(58 / 44)
University of Iowa72.22%
(70.41% / 73.72%)
3,083
(1,361 / 1,722)
4,269
(1,933 / 2,336)
Loras College66.75%
(60.87% / 72.86%)
271
(126 / 145)
406
(207 / 199)
Luther College75.12%
(70.33% / 78.81%)
471
(192 / 279)
627
(273 / 354)
Maharishi University of Management66.67%
(77.78% / 55.56%)
12
(7 / 5)
18
(9 / 9)
Mercy College of Health SciencesNo completers information available at the school.
Morningside College61.62%
(52.50% / 69.04%)
220
(84 / 136)
357
(160 / 197)
Mount Mercy University64.29%
(55.00% / 67.54%)
99
(22 / 77)
154
(40 / 114)
University of Northern Iowa67.44%
(63.41% / 69.87%)
1,137
(402 / 735)
1,686
(634 / 1,052)
Northwestern College67.61%
(57.04% / 77.18%)
192
(77 / 115)
284
(135 / 149)
Saint Ambrose University63.69%
(56.25% / 69.28%)
356
(135 / 221)
559
(240 / 319)
Simpson College71.51%
(73.15% / 70.40%)
266
(109 / 157)
372
(149 / 223)
Upper Iowa University47.88%
(42.31% / 54.72%)
113
(55 / 58)
236
(130 / 106)
Waldorf University29.91%
(34.92% / 24.07%)
35
(22 / 13)
117
(63 / 54)
Wartburg College62.42%
(62.07% / 62.70%)
279
(126 / 153)
447
(203 / 244)
William Penn University34.48%
(24.86% / 53.41%)
90
(43 / 47)
261
(173 / 88)
Average68.87%
(64.86% / 72.67%)
13,906
(6,377 / 7,529)
20,193
(9,832 / 10,361)
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Transfer-out Rate Comparison

The average transfer-out rate of Colleges in Iowa is 20.53% where 3,011 students have transferred out from schools out of 14,663 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, William Penn University has the lowest transfer-out rate of 2.30%, while Waldorf University has the highest rate of 51.28% (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)
179
(106 / 73)
Buena Vista University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
269
(128 / 141)
Central College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
309
(158 / 151)
Clarke University35.56%
(42.11% / 32.52%)
64
(24 / 40)
180
(57 / 123)
Coe College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
388
(157 / 231)
Cornell College23.70%
(26.61% / 21.23%)
64
(33 / 31)
270
(124 / 146)
Divine Word College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
1
(0 / 1)
Dordt University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
369
(205 / 164)
Drake University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
746
(326 / 420)
University of Dubuque0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
437
(272 / 165)
Emmaus Bible College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
28
(13 / 15)
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary22.86%
(7.14% / 33.33%)
8
(1 / 7)
35
(14 / 21)
Graceland University-Lamoni34.77%
(39.34% / 28.87%)
113
(72 / 41)
325
(183 / 142)
Grand View University32.43%
(38.82% / 25.69%)
96
(59 / 37)
296
(152 / 144)
Grinnell College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
423
(183 / 240)
Iowa State University17.04%
(17.81% / 16.10%)
1,030
(596 / 434)
6,043
(3,347 / 2,696)
Iowa Wesleyan University41.18%
(50.00% / 29.55%)
42
(29 / 13)
102
(58 / 44)
University of Iowa20.57%
(19.76% / 21.23%)
878
(382 / 496)
4,269
(1,933 / 2,336)
Loras College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
406
(207 / 199)
Luther College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
627
(273 / 354)
Maharishi University of Management0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
18
(9 / 9)
Mercy College of Health Sciences0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
2
(0 / 2)
Morningside College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
357
(160 / 197)
Mount Mercy University0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
154
(40 / 114)
University of Northern Iowa23.07%
(21.92% / 23.76%)
389
(139 / 250)
1,686
(634 / 1,052)
Northwestern College26.76%
(34.07% / 20.13%)
76
(46 / 30)
284
(135 / 149)
Saint Ambrose University18.43%
(18.75% / 18.18%)
103
(45 / 58)
559
(240 / 319)
Simpson College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
372
(149 / 223)
Upper Iowa University34.75%
(40.77% / 27.36%)
82
(53 / 29)
236
(130 / 106)
Waldorf University51.28%
(50.79% / 51.85%)
60
(32 / 28)
117
(63 / 54)
Wartburg College0.00%
(0.00% / 0.00%)
0
(0 / 0)
447
(203 / 244)
William Penn University2.30%
(3.47% / 0.00%)
6
(6 / 0)
261
(173 / 88)
Average20.53%
(20.94% / 20.13%)
3,011
(1,517 / 1,494)
14,663
(7,243 / 7,420)
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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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