St. Luke’s College

Students listening during a lecture at St. Luke’s College in Sioux City. The school has been named the top small college in Iowa by Zippia, a California-based startup dedicated to helping recent college graduates find the best locales to start their careers.

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SIOUX CITY | St. Luke’s College in Sioux City has been named the best small college in Iowa by a tech startup online site.

California-based Zippia said it uses public data and analytics to help new grads find great locales to start their careers.

To find the best small colleges in the Hawkeye State, Zippia looked at colleges with an enrollment of less than 2,000 people and data from the National Center For Education Statistics and College Scorecard data from ED.gov to understand what small schools offer the best career opportunities.

“St Luke’s College graduates earn the eighth highest salaries in the state for all small colleges — even a decade after graduation," according to Zippia. "Its 24 percent admission rate means the college is exclusive (a good sign), and the cost is the sixth lowest, meaning you get a big bang for your buck.”

St. Luke’s has 292 students enrolled in the 2017-18 academic year. The college dates back more than 100 years and offers bachelor’s degree completion programs in nursing and health sciences; associate degree programs in nursing, radiologic technology and respiratory care; and a bevy of certification and specialty certifications.

In a statement, St. Luke’s Chancellor Michael Stiles said the hospital was grateful for the recognition.

“We are pleased that St. Luke’s College has been recognized as being the Best Small College in the state of Iowa,” he said. “As a small private, hospital-based institution of higher education, being named the ‘best’ is a testament to the great work we do educating future health care professionals. We are excited about this recognition and No. 1 ranking as it will help tell our story, making us no longer the best kept secret in Siouxland.”

While St. Luke’s might be considered the best small college in the state, it wasn’t the only Sioux City institute of higher learning recognized by Zippia. Morningside College was ranked 10th.

Zippia did not highlight Morningside as extensively as some of the other entries, but it noted that “only 56 percent (of applicants) are admitted, and post-grade employment rates are eighth best in the state.”

After St. Luke's, Zippia's top five colleges in Iowa were: Allen College, Waterloo; Grinnell College, Grinnell; Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque and Mount Mercy University,  Cedar Rapids.

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