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Council Bluffs, Iowa (IA) Colleges and Universities

There are only two schools in Council Bluffs, IA, and only six more schools located within a 100-mile radius. Learn about the traditional schools in several categories, including lowest net price, to find the school for you.

Students in the Council Bluffs region have a few possible schools to consider that include community colleges and a university. Using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we compare these traditional institutions in several different categories.

Closest Schools to Council Bluffs, Iowa

The closest schools to Council Bluffs are still fairly spread out across the area. The nearest schools are primarily 2-year institutions.

  • Iowa Western Community College (1.9 miles from downtown)
  • Southwestern Community College (78.8 miles from downtown)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (84.2 miles from downtown)
  • Morningside College (87.8 miles from downtown)
  • Briar Cliff University (91.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Council Bluffs, Iowa

The largest schools near Council Bluffs are a good mix of public and private institutions. Only a couple of the large schools offer graduate degree programs.

  • Iowa Western Community College (6,472 students)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (6,152 students)
  • Morningside College (2,797 students)
  • Southwestern Community College (1,656 students)
  • Briar Cliff University (1,149 students)

Lowest Net Price

For many students, cost may be an important factor to consider when choosing schools. The NCES lists the net price for schools by taking the average amount of financial aid a full-time undergrad receives from the total cost of attendance. The Council Bluffs area had a few schools with net prices less than $10,000 from the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Southwestern Community College ($7,273)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College ($7,518)
  • Iowa Western Community College ($9,673)
  • Briar Cliff University ($18,138)
  • Morningside College ($21,008)

Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES identifies a school's overall graduation rate by determining how many full-time undergraduate students graduated from their programs within 150% of normal time, which would be six years to earn a bachelor's degree or three years for an associate degree. The graduation rates for the traditional schools in the area were mostly less than 50% for 2015.

  • Morningside College (55% graduation rate)
  • Briar Cliff University (48% graduation rate)
  • Southwestern Community College (36% graduation rate)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (27% graduation rate)
  • Iowa Western Community College (21% graduation rate)

Although there are only a handful of traditional schools in the Council Bluffs, IA, area, there are a mix of 2-year and 4-year institutions that vary in location, size, price, and graduation rate.

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