Iowa College Aid Insider: Teaching & Advising College-Bound Students (Feb. 2018)
While Iowa boasts the highest high school graduation rates in the United States, our two- and four-year college graduation rates are middle of the pack. Here are the odds of an Iowa student making it to a college degree. For every 100 high school students in Iowa, on average:
- 91 will graduate from high school.
- 61 will enroll in college.
- 43 will stay in college for more than a year.
- 40 will earn a college degree.
Watch for more detail about Iowa’s college enrollment and attainment rates in “The 2018 Condition of Higher Education in Iowa” this spring.
Thirteen counselors have completed a full suite of courses through the Iowa Go Alliance Academy and received the Iowa College Aid College Access Professional Certificate. The counselors are:
- Lydia Arevalo, school counselor, Marshalltown High School
- Abby Conrad, school counselor, Cardinal Elementary School
- Luann Eakins, school counselor, Pekin Community School District
- MacKenzie Gersdorf, school counselor, Valley High School
- Nykki Miller, school counselor, Waterloo East High School
- Chealsey Moen, school counselor, Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District
- Theresa Putnam Genz, college and career counselor, Columbus Community High School, Louisa-Muscatine High School, Muscatine Community College
- Jennifer Scott, school counselor, Clarke Community High School
- Heidi Utesch, school counselor/at-risk coordinator, Sergeant Bluff-Luton Schools
- Jessica Wass, school counselor, Waterloo West High School
- Marsha Watters, school counselor, Waterloo West High School
- Allison Peach, school counselor, Waterloo East High School
- Karla Wymore, school counselor, Mason City High School
The courses they completed were:
- Building a College-Going Culture
- College, Career, and Academic Planning
- Financial Aid and College Applications
College enrollment in Iowa dipped by 5 percent from the fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017, driven by a significant drop in numbers at private for-profit schools. Overall college enrollment in Iowa was 243,065, down from 255,908 a year earlier and continuing a slow slide that began with the economic recovery. Regent universities have actually seen 14 percent growth since 2008. Community colleges and private not-for-profit schools have fluctuated but seen slight net losses over the decade. For-profit schools, however, saw a spike in 2010 and then a sharp, steep decline. Fall 2017 numbers were down 40 percent from the year before and down 85 percent from their 2010 peak. Iowa’s enrollment numbers mirror a national trend. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, college enrollment in the United States fell about 1 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017. At for-profit schools, however, national enrollment was down 7 percent in that period.