Colleges in Polk County, Iowa

There are 16 Colleges in Polk County, Iowa, serving a population of 467,235 people in an area of 574 square miles. There is 1 College per 29,202 people, and 1 College per 35 square miles.

In Iowa, Polk County is ranked 38th of 99 counties in Colleges per capita, and 1st of 99 counties in Colleges per square mile.

List of Polk County Colleges

Find Polk County, Iowa colleges and universities, such as state, community, public, and private colleges, universities, and technical schools.


American College Of Hairstyling-Des Moines 603 East 6th Street Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Area Community College 2006 North Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny, IA

Des Moines Area Community College - Evelyn K Davis Center 801 University Avenue Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Area Community College: Library 2006 South Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny, IA

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center 3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA

Drake University 2507 University Avenue Des Moines, IA

Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary 1900 Northwest 4th Street Ankeny, IA

Grand View University 1200 Grandview Avenue Des Moines, IA

ITT Technical Institute - Clive Campus 1860 Northwest 118th Street Clive, IA

Iowa School Of Beauty-Des Moines 3305 70th Street Urbandale, IA

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus 4655 121st Street Urbandale, IA

La James International College-Johnston 8805 Chambery Boulevard Johnston, IA

Mercy College Of Health Sciences 928 6th Avenue Des Moines, IA

Unitypoint Health-Des Moines School Of Radiologic Technology 1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines, IA

University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus 317 6th Avenue Des Moines, IA

Vatterott College-Des Moines 7000 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA

About Polk County Colleges

Polk County Colleges are institutions that offer post-secondary education through a range of degree or vocational programs in Polk County, IA. Although there are distinctions between the two, the term College in the United States is typically used to refer to both Colleges and Universities. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that there are more than 4,700 post-secondary degree-granting institutions in the U.S.

You may contact Colleges & Universities for questions about:
  • Polk County Public and Private Colleges
  • College admissions and applications
  • Tuition, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Associates degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, Doctoral degrees, and certificate programs
  • ACT and SAT score requirements

Polk County College Statistics

Find Polk County College Enrollment, Educational Attainment (Age 25+), and Field of Bachelor's Degree for 1st Major. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Polk County College Enrollment
 Polk CountyIowa
College/Grad School Enrollment29,152 (23.9%)221,409 (27.6%)
Polk County Educational Attainment (Age 25+)
 Polk CountyIowa
Some College, No Degree63,904 (20.4%)441,087 (21.2%)
Associate's Degree31,920 (10.2%)238,423 (11.5%)
Bachelor's Degree77,519 (24.7%)395,820 (19.0%)
Graduate/Professional Degree35,590 (11.4%)191,197 (9.2%)
Polk County Field of Bachelor's Degree for 1st Major
 Polk CountyIowa
Bachelor's Degree, or Higher113,109587,017
Arts, Humanities & Others25,248 (22.3%)121,444 (20.7%)
Business29,146 (25.8%)122,300 (20.8%)
Education15,965 (14.1%)108,830 (18.5%)
Science & Engineering33,458 (29.6%)176,795 (30.1%)
Science & Engineering Related Fields9,292 (8.2%)57,648 (9.8%)