Allen College

President's Welcome

Allen College is located on a beautiful campus in Waterloo, Iowa, and stresses the interrelationship of academic and professional studies. Allen students will be prepared for their future as health professionals with confidence and competence. Our web pages give you a glimpse of the range and depth of our undergraduate and graduate programs and services available to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and other community members.

The College is dedicated to a holistic approach to education recognizing the uniqueness of each student. In all of this, we remain central to our philosophy which is 'in keeping with the true spirit of Christian love and service...' and '...with emphasis on the art of human caring.' Allen College places an emphasis on providing an exemplary student experience where the academic programs and services are designed around meeting our students’ needs.

Allen College is at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals in Iowa. The College is very proud of the quality of our academic programs and the special emphasis we provide in nursing and health sciences. It is an exciting time at Allen College as we have many accomplishments to celebrate and we are changing the direction of nursing and health science education in Iowa. We are offering our students more and better opportunities to reach their goals and embrace their roles as healthcare professionals of tomorrow.

I’m proud to share with you some of our accomplishments:

  • Annually, graduates from Allen College programs continually exceed state and national averages on national certification examinations.

  • Approximately 95% of Allen College graduates who are seeking employment are successful in finding employment within six months of graduation.

  • In 2020, Allen College was recognized by Grow Cedar Valley as "Partner of the Year."

  • Allen College continues to foster relationships with institutions of higher education in the Cedar Valley and across the state of Iowa to provide educational pathways that meet the needs of diverse needs of students.

  • In 2019, Allen College celebrated its 30th anniversary as a degree-granting institution.

  • In 2018, enrollment set a new record of 665 students.

  • In 2019, Allen College celebrated the first graduates from the Bachelor of Health Sciences – Medical Imaging program.

  • In 2018, Allen College celebrated the first graduate from the Doctor of Education Program.

  • Allen College now offers seamless transition for nursing students to complete their BSN degree and enroll in either an MSN or DNP program.

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established in 2009 to help Allen College become a more inclusive community. Various activities are now underway to diversify our community, including the development of the extremely successful Summer Nurse and Health Careers Camp.

  • Allen College’s scholarship endowment continues to grow with annual scholarship awards totaling nearly one million dollars.

  • The Anne Christensen Doyle Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CELL) coordinates a variety of service learning and volunteer activities for students, faculty and staff. The College is nationally recognized for its commitment to community service. Students enrolled in the BSN program can graduate with honors by completing special courses focused on service learning.

These are but a few of our many accomplishments in the past few years. Enjoy your visit to the Allen College website and come back often. There's always something new to learn about our energetic and exciting campus!