About Iowa Lakes

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Located in one of the Midwest’s most dynamic and energetic regions, the Iowa Great Lakes, Iowa Lakes campuses may be found throughout a five-county area in Algona, IA, Emmetsburg, IA, Estherville, IA, Spencer, IA, and Spirit Lake, IA.

Ranked in the top twenty community colleges in the nation*, Iowa Lakes graduates are well prepared to continue to a four-year bachelor’s degree program or into a high-demand career with the knowledge, preparation, and skills needed to succeed.

Iowa Lakes focuses on lifelong learning opportunities by offering continuing education, vocational and re-licensure courses, and classes designed for personal development and career advancement.

Iowa Lakes offers students of all ages and life stages multiple options to continue their education. Financial aid is available to ensure college is affordable and support from our dedicated faculty and staff helps all students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.

*Iowa Lakes Community College is ranked #18 for the top community colleges in the country! More information at opens in a new windowLearn.org.


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Iowa Lakes Community College has been ranked #27 for Best Online Associate in Accounting Degrees by Best Accredited Colleges!
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Iowa Lakes Community College was ranked #3 Best Community College in Iowa by Niche!
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Iowa Lakes Community College was up for the Aspen Prize 2023 and ranked in the top 150!
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Iowa Lakes Community College has been ranked for the Best Associate Degree in Iowa by University Headquarters.

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