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Iowa Schools

In Iowa, academia is a thriving field. Below are statistics, charts and analysis on trends in the academic community in Iowa.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Iowa By Profession

1,358 1,362 1,520 1,497
255 267 323 326
1,752 1,760 1,873 1,866
1,721 1,788 1,883 1,921
1,932 2,010 2,246 2,273
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 92 colleges and universities in Iowa grew from 7,018 members to 7,883.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 13%.

Average faculty salaries in Iowa

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

In Iowa, on average, higher education faculty make $52,617 per year, which is less than what faculty earn around the country, which averages $57,293 per year. And in Iowa male faculty earn more than female faculty. There is a 8% difference in salaries.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Iowa

No data at this time.

Of the 6,289 college faculty in Iowa, 52% are tenured. Another 22% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Iowa by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Iowa Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.22% 3.19% 3.5%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Iowa
  • Light Blue: National

In Iowa the number of full-time faculty in the state has grown by 3%. Similarly from 2006 to 2009, the number of part-time faculty has also increased by 19%. Thus, working full-time is becoming less popular in Iowa.

National Vs. Iowa Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.55% 3.94% 19.12%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Iowa
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Iowa

No data at this time.

And in 2009 5% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 11% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Iowa

No data at this time.

National Vs. Iowa Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 2.63% 6.14% 12.5%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Iowa
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Iowa has increased by 13%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Iowa by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Iowa by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Iowa Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 0.43% 1.61% 4.34%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Iowa
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in Iowa, the percentage of women has also increased. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. Iowa Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 0.17% 5.86% 13.94%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Iowa
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Iowa Faculty employment by Gender

National Iowa
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Iowa


As the number of higher education faculty in Iowa has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently in Iowa, there are 305,236 undergraduate students and 35,193 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Iowa

13606 13966 13264 13150 14236
20458 21021 23429 24976 23428
774 816 1132 1701 2680
4322 4089 5132 5967 7229
5818 5379 5423 4911 5851
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Iowa


In 2009, in Iowa, 16,720 students graduated from institutions of higher learning. Of these students, 44% graduated from bachelor's degree programs, while 19% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Iowa


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in Iowa.

Retention rates in Iowa

Returning Students 66%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Iowa state, 66 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 55 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. This is consistent with national trends show a retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Iowa

Graduation Students 55%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Iowa Students By Gender

National Iowa
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 37%
Women 63%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in Iowa, the student population is not very diverse. Of the 340,429 students studying in the state's colleges and universities, 63% are female, and 13% identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics, which show that 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Iowa Students Minorities

National Iowa
Minorities 29%
Minorities 13%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Iowa

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  1. Iowa Business Schools104,082 Employed
  2. Iowa Teaching Schools88,876 Employed
  3. Iowa Engineering Schools45,069 Employed
  4. Iowa Biology Schools37,059 Employed
  5. Iowa Law Schools33,028 Employed
  6. Iowa Psychology Schools31,239 Employed
  7. Iowa Business Administration Schools26,688 Employed
  8. Iowa Liberal Arts Schools23,696 Employed
  9. Iowa Art Schools22,000 Employed
  10. Iowa Educational Leadership Schools21,974 Employed
  11. Iowa Communications Schools20,436 Employed
  12. Iowa English Schools19,194 Employed
  13. Iowa Accounting Schools18,737 Employed
  14. Iowa Management Schools18,628 Employed
  15. Iowa Information Systems Schools17,774 Employed
  16. Iowa Math Schools17,729 Employed
  17. Iowa Physics Schools17,388 Employed
  18. Iowa Health Science Schools16,992 Employed
  19. Iowa Design Schools16,883 Employed
  20. Iowa Music Schools16,771 Employed
  21. Iowa Information Technology Schools16,382 Employed
  22. Iowa Criminal Justice Schools16,238 Employed
  23. Iowa Chemistry Schools15,986 Employed
  24. Iowa Public Health Schools15,162 Employed
  25. Iowa MBA Schools14,623 Employed
  26. Iowa Counseling Schools13,920 Employed
  27. Iowa Finance Schools13,558 Employed
  28. Iowa Nursing Schools13,457 Employed
  29. Iowa Veterinary Schools10,577 Employed
  30. Iowa Visual Communications Schools10,450 Employed
  31. Iowa History Schools10,433 Employed
  32. Iowa Special Education Schools9,846 Employed
  33. Iowa Elementary Education Schools9,446 Employed
  34. Iowa Human Services Schools9,356 Employed
  35. Iowa Theology Schools9,046 Employed
  36. Iowa Nutrition Schools8,983 Employed
  37. Iowa Marketing Schools8,791 Employed
  38. Iowa Political Science Schools8,278 Employed
  39. Iowa Sociology Schools8,132 Employed
  40. Iowa RN to BSN Schools8,108 Employed
  41. Iowa BSN Schools8,108 Employed
  42. Iowa Forensic Nursing Schools8,108 Employed
  43. Iowa Computer Networking Schools7,831 Employed
  44. Iowa International Business Schools7,762 Employed
  45. Iowa Business Management Schools7,686 Employed
  46. Iowa Social Work Schools7,518 Employed
  47. Iowa Architecture Schools7,426 Employed
  48. Iowa Hospitality Schools7,133 Employed
  49. Iowa Computer Programming Schools7,128 Employed
  50. Iowa Human Resources Schools7,014 Employed
  51. Iowa Fire Science Schools6,906 Employed
  52. Iowa Journalism Schools6,146 Employed
  53. Iowa Film Schools6,050 Employed
  54. Iowa Video Production Schools6,050 Employed
  55. Iowa Computer Science Schools5,920 Employed
  56. Iowa Biochemistry Schools5,833 Employed
  57. Iowa Early Childhood Education Schools5,740 Employed
  58. Iowa Healthcare Administration Schools5,738 Employed
  59. Iowa Computer Engineering Schools5,520 Employed
  60. Iowa Civil Engineering Schools5,504 Employed
  61. Iowa Drafting Schools5,459 Employed
  62. Iowa School Psychology Schools5,430 Employed
  63. Iowa Public Administration Schools5,302 Employed
  64. Iowa Public Relations Schools5,256 Employed
  65. Iowa Advertising Schools5,015 Employed
  66. Iowa Mechanical Engineering Schools5,002 Employed
  67. Iowa Biomedical Engineering Schools4,994 Employed
  68. Iowa Sports Management Schools4,772 Employed
  69. Iowa Paralegal Schools4,655 Employed
  70. Iowa Risk Management Schools4,385 Employed
  71. Iowa Construction Management Schools4,322 Employed
  72. Iowa Fashion Design Schools4,277 Employed
  73. Iowa Sports Medicine Schools4,254 Employed
  74. Iowa Interior Design Schools4,253 Employed
  75. Iowa Small Business Schools4,053 Employed
  76. Iowa Electrical Engineering Schools3,760 Employed
  77. Iowa Graphic Design Schools3,467 Employed
  78. Iowa Radiology Technology Schools3,422 Employed
  79. Iowa Web Design Schools3,368 Employed
  80. Iowa X Ray Technician Schools3,242 Employed
  81. Iowa Fashion Schools3,181 Employed
  82. Iowa Carpentry Schools3,173 Employed
  83. Iowa Culinary Schools2,962 Employed
  84. Iowa Dental Hygienist Schools2,956 Employed
  85. Iowa Clinical Psychology Schools2,836 Employed
  86. Iowa Gerontology Schools2,715 Employed
  87. Iowa Speech Therapy Schools2,715 Employed
  88. Iowa Surgical Technology Schools2,595 Employed
  89. Iowa Supply Chain Management Schools2,439 Employed
  90. Iowa Respiratory Therapy Schools2,427 Employed
  91. Iowa Physical Therapy Schools2,380 Employed
  92. Iowa Creative Writing Schools2,112 Employed
  93. Iowa Property Management Schools2,111 Employed
  94. Iowa Music Therapy Schools2,082 Employed
  95. Iowa Physician Assistant Schools1,932 Employed
  96. Iowa Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,884 Employed
  97. Iowa Health Information Schools1,781 Employed
  98. Iowa Software Engineering Schools1,747 Employed
  99. Iowa Forestry Schools1,747 Employed
  100. Iowa Fashion Marketing Schools1,434 Employed
  101. Iowa Occupational Therapy Schools1,353 Employed
  102. Iowa Criminology Schools1,114 Employed
  103. Iowa Organizational Psychology Schools725 Employed
  104. Iowa Sports Psychology Schools580 Employed
  105. Iowa Homeland Security Schools482 Employed
  106. Iowa Christian Counseling Schools339 Employed
  107. Iowa Forensic Psychology Schools339 Employed
  108. Iowa Healthcare Management Schools241 Employed
  109. Iowa Emergency Management Schools241 Employed
  110. Iowa Medical Coding Schools190 Employed
  111. Iowa Forensic Science Schools156 Employed
  112. Iowa Web Development Schools148 Employed
  113. Iowa Mental Health Schools115 Employed
  114. Iowa Sonography Schools113 Employed
  115. Iowa Ultrasound Technology Schools113 Employed
  116. Iowa Ministry Schools112 Employed
  117. Iowa Court Reporter Schools54 Employed
  118. Iowa Fashion Merchandising Schools45 Employed

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