Small Colleges in Iowa Scrap for Students and Survival

Iowa's Multitude of Small Colleges Scrap for Students and Survival 1

Beth Petsche, Upper Iowa University

Colleges in towns like Fayette, Iowa, use income from a variety of off-campus and online programs to keep open.

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Beth Petsche, Upper Iowa University

Colleges in towns like Fayette, Iowa, use income from a variety of off-campus and online programs to keep open.

Here's one way to appreciate the challenges that Iowa's two dozen or so small private colleges face as the number of high-school students in the upper Midwest continues to fall: Head up U.S. 75 to this northwestern town of 6,500, pass the big Farmers Co-Op Society elevator, and take a right on Seventh Street NE to reach Dordt College. Find the Campus Center and take a look through the windows of Carl E. Zylstra's office.

Off to the left is the chapel—Dordt is closely affiliated