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A state of learning

Iowa is dedicated to maintaining the best K–12 public education system in the nation. Time and time again, the hard work of Iowa students and education professionals pays off. Iowa is number one in high school graduation rates, and Iowa students have one of the highest average ACT scores in the nation. With a nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum in a majority of public middle and high schools, Iowa students graduate with a multitude of promising options. Iowa’s three regent universities and 15 community colleges offer a full range of higher education opportunities to students throughout the state. Learn how Iowans apply knowledge and loyalty to work for your business.

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Iowa’s educational technology (EdTech) industry has emerged as a large, fast-growing and impactful business sector.


public high school graduation rate in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education, 2017

4-year college graduation rate

U.S. News & World Report, 2019

engineering graduates at 14 accredited institutions

U.S. Dept of Education, 2017

Iowa's Universities are Research Powerhouses

Two Iowa universities are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the top 62 private and public research universities in the U.S. and Canada. Iowa is one of only seven states with more than one public university in this prestigious body.

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