Davenport, Iowa (IA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only seven schools in Davenport, there are at least four more schools located within nearly a 40-mile radius. Read about some of the traditional schools in several categories, including the largest schools and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

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Would-be college students living in and around Davenport, IA, have a few options when it comes to postsecondary education. In this article, we compare and contrast these colleges and universities to help students determine if any meet their needs based on information provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Davenport, Iowa

If proximity to Davenport is a factor of interest for students, then there are several traditional schools that are less than 20 miles from downtown to choose from. Most of the closest schools to Davenport are private institutions.

  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (12.7 miles from downtown)
  • Saint Ambrose University (14.1 miles from downtown)
  • Kaplan University-Davenport Campus (15.8 miles from downtown)
  • Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (18.1 miles from downtown)
  • University of Iowa (40.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Davenport, Iowa

Some students may prefer to attend a larger institution, and the Davenport area provides several to choose from. The majority of the larger schools are 4-year schools that offer undergraduate and graduate level programs.

  • Kaplan University-Davenport Campus (52,018 students)
  • University of Iowa (29,970 students)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (8,143 students)
  • Saint Ambrose University (3,508 students)
  • Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (369 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines a school's average net price by calculating the cost of attendance for an in-district or in-state full-time undergraduate student, including tuition, fees, books, room and board, and subtracting the amount of financial aid the average student receives. Net prices for colleges in the Davenport area ranged from nearly $8,500 to almost $25,000 in 2014-2015, as determined by the NCES.

  • Eastern Iowa Community College District ($8,485)
  • University of Iowa ($14,558)
  • Kaplan University-Davenport Campus ($16,037)
  • Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities ($18,180)
  • Saint Ambrose University ($24,884)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines a school's overall graduation rate by calculating the percentage of full-time undergrad students who graduate in 150% of the 'normal' time (e.g. six years for a bachelor's degree). The overall graduation rates at Davenport-area schools vary from 81% to 26% for 2015.

  • University of Iowa (72% graduation rate)
  • Saint Ambrose University (63% graduation rate)
  • Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (36% graduation rate)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District (29% graduation rate)
  • Kaplan University-Davenport Campus (26% graduation rate)

There are only about five traditional schools in the Davenport, IA, area, but they differ enough in location, size, price, and graduation rates that students should be able to find a school to meet their needs.

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