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Iowa College Student Retention: At a Glance


Percentage of Surveyed Students Likely to Stay in Iowa


Percentage of Surveyed Students Likely to Leave Iowa


Percentage of Surveyed Students Who are Unsure About Their Future Location

Retention of Iowa College Students

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Iowa College Student Retention


Note: If you received an email to participate in the 2023 College Student survey, then click the red button above which says "Click Here to Take the 2023 College Student Survey". If interested, view the data published from the 2017 survey below.

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 survey results (linked above) are distributed to each postsecondary institution and then emailed to students by their administrative representatives.

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.

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Data from the 2017 survey can also be viewed and explored in the Tableau visualization linked above.  The data is also available in CSV files below. 

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