On average, tuition at colleges and universities across the United States average from $21,000-$48,000 a year, so it's important to choose the right one to attend.

WalletHub's annual list of 500 Best Colleges & Universities has arrived, and topping the list for Iowa is Grinnell College.

They ranked 1st in the state, 10th in the midwest, and cracked the Top 100 at #61 overall across the United States. In all, 14 schools in Iowa made the list.

WalletHub compared over 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

The Top 5 ranked colleges and universities in Iowa were:

  1. Grinnell (61st overall)
  2. Drake (238)
  3. Wartburg (284)
  4. Simpson (291)
  5. Upper Iowa (349)

Luther, the University of Iowa, Buena Vista, Coe, Clarke, Northwestern College, Graceland, Iowa State, and Central were also on the list.

The Top 5 in the nation were the usual suspects:

  1. MIT
  2. Harvard
  3. Princeton
  4. Yale
  5. Stanford

Here's how Grinnell ranked in some of the specific categories.

  • 1st: "Admission Rate
  • 1st:  "Graduation Rate"
  • 2nd: "Gender & Racial Diversity"
  • 2nd: "Gender & Racial Diversity"
  • 3rd: "Student-Faculty Ratio"
  • 4th: "Post-Attendance Median Salary"
  • 10th: "On-Campus Crime"

Congratulations on a job well done to all the colleges on the list. Learn more here.

[Via WalletHub]