Private Colleges in the Great Plains States

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the private colleges and universities located in the Great Plains states: Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Private Colleges in the Great Plains States

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Grinnell College Grinnell IA 1,609 $33,910
Luther College Decorah IA 2,602 $28,840
Coe College Cedar Rapids IA 1,347 $26,390
Cornell College Mount Vernon IA 1,136 $26,280
Maharishi University of Management Fairfield IA 364 $24,430
Wartburg College Waverly IA 1,850 $24,300
Buena Vista University Storm Lake IA 2,660 $23,842
Drake University Des Moines IA 2,887 $23,692
Simpson College Indianola IA 1,811 $23,596
Loras College Dubuque IA 1,529 $23,330
Central College Pella IA 1,329 $22,510
Northwestern College Orange City IA 1,289 $21,648
Clarke College Dubuque IA 2,580 $20,580
Saint Ambrose University Davenport IA 2,580 $20,580
Morningside College Sioux City IA 1,183 $20,164
Mount Mercy College Cedar Rapids IA 1,309 $20,070
Briar Cliff University Sioux City IA 1,035 $19,995
Dordt College Sioux Center IA 1,275 $19,900
Upper Iowa University Fayette IA 3,503 $19,625
University of Dubuque Dubuque IA 1,244 $19,180
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant IA 786 $18,870
Waldorf College Forest City IA 662 $18,576
Graceland University-Lamoni Lamoni IA 1,540 $17,900
Grand View College Des Moines IA 1,552 $17,752
William Penn University Oskaloosa IA 1,515 $16,880
Baker University Baldwin City KS 1,758 $18,830
Newman University Wichita KS $1,314 $17,928
Southwestern College Winfield KS 1383 $17,820
Bethel College North Newton KS 516 $17,800
Benedictine College Atchison KS 1320 $17,700
Tabor College Hillsboro KS 550 $17,640
Kansas Wesleyan University Salina KS 731 $17,400
Ottawa University Ottawa KS 377 $17,350
University of Saint Mary Leavenworth KS 469 $17,270
Friends University Wichita KS 1,895 $17,220
Bethany College Lindsborg KS 457 $17,110
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe KS 1,273 $17,090
McPherson College McPherson KS 572 $16,400
Sterling College Sterling KS 559 $15,500
Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson KS 348 $15,300
Barclay College Haviland KS 78 $12,300
Creighton University Omaha NE 4,310 $26,634
Midland Lutheran College Fremont NE 917 $20,924
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln NE 1,905 $20,252
College of Saint Mary Omaha NE 722 $20,136
Concordia University Seward NE 1,148 $19,790
Hastings College Hastings NE 1,155 $19,604
Dana College Blair NE 601 $19,370
Doane College Crete NE 939 $19,150
Union College Lincoln NE 854 $16,130
York College York NE 417 $14,000
Bellevue University Bellevue NE 4,720 $5,445
Doane College-Lincoln Grand Island and Master Lincoln NE 630 $4,696
University of Mary Bismarck ND 2,039 $11,780
Jamestown College Jamestown ND 1,018 $11,535
Augustana College Sioux Falls SD 1,748 $21,182
University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 1,224 $17,940
Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell SD 758 $17,600
Mount Marty College Yankton SD 846 $17,468