Iowa contains three schools that offer astronomy programs. University of Iowa, the highest-ranking astronomy school in IA, has a total student population of 28,987 and is the 782nd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 3 astronomy schools in Iowa, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan University comes out as the most expensive ($23,227/yr), with University of Iowa as the lowest recorded at only $12,829/yr.
Astronomy students from Iowa schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Iowa, the average student population is 3,609 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 3687 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 1,622 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $4,082, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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