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Methodist Colleges in Iowa

Iowa is home to several Methodist colleges and universities that vary slightly in size and aim to help students grow in their faith. Learn more about these schools' degree programs, tuition rates and spiritual growth opportunities.

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There are a handful of private, Methodist colleges in Iowa that provide students with an array of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs. These schools also encourage spiritual growth in their students and offer a wide range of campus activities. Explore some of these Methodist institutions in more depth here.

School Comparison

The Methodist schools in Iowa are typically 4-year colleges or universities and vary in tuition rates. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Cornell College 4-year, private not-for-profit Mount Vernon, IA $40,880
Iowa Wesleyan University 4-year, private not-for-profit Mount Pleasant, IA $24,600
Morningside College 4-year, private not-for-profit Sioux City, IA $30,490
Simpson College 4-year, private not-for-profit Indianola, IA $37,663

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of Methodist Colleges in Iowa

Students interested in attending a Methodist college in Iowa can choose from at least 4 schools that offer diverse degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Students may also wish to consider the size of these schools and/or other extracurricular opportunities that are available. Here we discuss these colleges and what makes them unique.

Cornell College

Cornell College is an undergraduate institution that had about 1,010 students in 2017, per the NCES. Students can select from a variety of majors, including geology, kinesiology, international relations, ethnic studies, engineering, French and business. The college helps students grow spiritually through a variety of worship opportunities, spiritual care/counseling, spiritual retreats and religious organizations on campus, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Deep Water (Bible study and fellowship). Students may also pursue other interests through a range of activities and organizations on campus, like the Environmental Club, Sci Fi Club, Ski and Snowboarding Club, KRNL Radio Station, Chinese Experience and Math Club.

Iowa Wesleyan University

Iowa Wesleyan University offers online master's degree programs in management leadership or curriculum and instruction, as well as an array of undergraduate degree programs in subjects like digital media design, Christian studies, biology, nursing, education, social work and criminal justice. The university's campus ministry provides activities, such as monthly chapel services, service learning opportunities and religious organizations, including FCA and Cru (Bible studies), for spiritual growth. Students can also participate in Greek life, intramural sports, Tiger Dance Club, Student Ambassadors, Criminal Justice Club and other student organizations on campus. As of 2017, the NCES reported that the school had close to 630 undergraduate students.

Morningside College

Students at Morningside College can invest in their spiritual lives by participating in Campus Ministry activities like worship services, Bible studies, small groups and other ministries, like FCA. The college also offers a wide range of student activities and groups, including intramurals, music ensembles, Greek life, Photo Club, Chess Club and Climb Club. According to the NCES, the college had around 1,320 undergraduate students in 2017. Students can pursue graduate programs in nursing or education, as well as a variety of undergraduate programs in fields such as agricultural and food studies, mass communication, Spanish, religious studies, computer science and political science.

Simpson College

In 2017, Simpson College had around 1,430 undergraduate students, per the NCES. The college offers a few master's degree programs in teaching, criminal justice or choral conducting and a wide range of undergraduate programs in areas like graphic design, global management, neuroscience, sports administration, multimedia journalism and forensic science/biochemistry. For their spiritual lives, students can attend worship services, interfaith activities, outreach opportunities and religious groups, such as FCA, Men's/Women's Bible studies and Food for the Soul (fellowship meal). Students on campus may also choose to participate in activities like Greek life, honor societies, intramurals, multicultural groups, Chemistry Club and Pre-Law Society.

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