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Iowa College Student Retention: At a Glance


of Surveyed Students are Likely to Stay in Iowa after Graduation/Program Completion


of Surveyed Students are Likely to Leave Iowa after Graduation/Program Completion


is the Median Annual Salary Expected by those Likely to stay in Iowa after Graduation/Program Completion 


Iowa Workforce Development, in cooperation with community colleges, state universities, and private institutions (both for-profit and non-profit) including career/technical schools across the state of Iowa, conducts the Iowa College Student Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information regarding students’ intentions to either remain in Iowa or locate outside of Iowa following graduation or upon program completion. In addition, the survey asks students to rate what factors are most important to them when deciding where to locate and then provide their perception of Iowa when it comes to those same factors.

Results from the 2023 survey can be found in the full report linked below. 

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