Students Say

The University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a “Big Ten university full of exciting opportunities,” yet it’s still able to maintain “a smallcollege feel.” Moreover, as the state’s flagship school, Iowa provides a “great education” at a “reasonable price.” Additionally, students here welcome the fact that “requirements are minimal.” In turn, this truly encourages undergrads to “make [their] education [their] own.”

Overview

Applicants
24,097
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 620
SAT Math
540 - 700
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a “Big Ten university full of exciting opportunities,” yet it’s still able to maintain “a smallcollege feel.” Moreover, as the state’s flagship school, Iowa provides a “great education” at a “reasonable price.” Additionally, students here welcome the fact that “requirements are minimal.” In turn, this truly encourages undergrads to “make [their] education [their] own.” While there are certainly a “[wide] range of degree programs” from which to choose, students here are especially impressed with Iowa’s journalism, premed, writing, nursing, and engineering departments. Though professors certainly run the gamut from “amazing” to “boring,” the majority of them are “very engaged with students and are always helpful to any student looking to push their learning beyond the classroom.” A fellow student concurs adding that her professors are “passionate, encouraging, and invested in the success of their students both inside and outside of academia.” Undergrads at Iowa also appreciate that their teachers really “do a nice job of balancing lectures with real-world applications of the material.” Finally, as this pleased undergrad summarizes her school, “The University of Iowa is a platform to launch yourself to the top of your field at an affordable price.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,616
with Terminal Degree
1,571

1,090
Men
526
Women
292
Minority
38
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
  • Genetics, Other
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Informatics

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Education, General
  • Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Piano and Organ
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


George Gallup
pollster

Dr. James Van Allen
space physicist

Tennessee Williams
author

E.F. Lindquist
Co-founder of American College Testing (ACT)

Flannery O'Connor
author

Rita Dove
Pulitzer Prize winner/Poet Laureate of US

Juanita Kidd Stout
First woman appointed as a federal judge

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,409

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,623

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,147

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,716

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,928

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,678
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,464
Required Fees
$1,426
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,240

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,748
Transportation for Commuters
$950

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

With such a large student body, undergrads here all posit that there is no “typical” student. One pleased undergrad elaborates, “Everyone is unique and has a different story, but that’s one thing that makes life here so great. You have the ability to meet people from around the country and around the world, and we all get to share the experience of college together.” Indeed, students feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such diversity. “We have a strong LGBTQA presence on campus, [along with] different religious places near campus. [In addition,] there are many different organizations for minorities, religions, and everything else here on campus. I couldn’t imagine someone coming here and not being able to find a student organization that is for them.” Of course, if pressed to generalize, students will describe their fellow Hawkeyes as “friendly, hardworking, and studious” but also “laid-back” and “very social.” However, what ultimately unites this student body is the fact that most undergrads have “their season football tickets by June.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,354
Out of State
34%

International
13%
Foreign Countries Represented
98

Demographics

3.59%
Asian
3.27%
African-American
7.16%
Hispanic
76.93%
Caucasian
6.16%
Unknown
12.61%
International

52% female
48% male
34% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview

Students Say

If there’s one thing that undergrads tend to agree on, it’s that “life is pretty fun at the University of Iowa.” To begin with, sports culture is definitely big here. As one student relays, “During football season, Saturdays get crazy. There is just a sea of black and gold swarming toward the stadium. Nothing can really compare to 70,000 Hawkeye fans in one place.” Additionally, students love the new rec center, which frequently runs trips “to go rock-climbing, camping, hiking, or kayaking.” Of course, the university also sponsors a number of other events outside of athletics. For example, “there are always concerts and comedians on campus, [and] many [of these shows] are even free to students. There are also free movies shown at the Iowa Memorial Union.” Students also stress that the university has a lively drinking scene. Indeed, “there is always a party going on here at Iowa.” Lastly, undergrads also love hometown Iowa City, which offers a “vibrant downtown” that’s “literally across the street from campus.” Students happily take advantage of the city’s “unique places to eat, shop, or go out.” As this undergrad poetically concludes, “When a man is tired of Iowa City, he is tired of life.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
83
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
New Dimensions in Learning

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Mark M. Harris, Ph. D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A list of documentation requirements may be obtained from SDS or through the website, www.uiowa.edu/~sds.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A list of documentation requirements may be obtained from SDS or through the website, www.uiowa.edu/~sds.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
500
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
21

14% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawkeyes)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Hawkeyes)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

With Big 10 athletics, a world-renowned Writer’s Workshop, and a reputation as a public Ivy already to its credit, now the University of Iowa can add green campus trailblazer to its list of accomplishments. The University of Iowa has adopted a set of ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2020; these include net negative energy growth, 60 percent waste-diversion and 40 percent renewable energy consumption. Through the Biomass Fuel Project, the UI seeks to replace coal in its power plant with locally sourced renewable fuels. Sustainable design practices have been in place for a decade, leading to eight LEED-certified buildings on campus, including the LEED Platinum College of Public Health. The university’s Office of Sustainability, helps construct its sustainability agenda. As part of the UI's Sustainable Water Resources Initiative, ten new interdisciplinary faculty positions have been created, and the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability is one of the most popular certificate programs on campus with 130 students enrolled. In addition, a new environmental planning and policy major was recently added. The UI’s Career Center offers opportunities to learn about environmental jobs in Iowa. Organizations such as the Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA, Stanley Consultants, John Deere, National Park Service, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources often recruit UI graduates. There are several student groups working on sustainability initiatives on campus, including: Net Impact, USGBC Students, the Environmental Law Society, UI Student Gardeners, and the Environmental Coalition, and ECO Hawk. UI Student Government has also established a Green Initiative Fund to support green projects on campus.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
14%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
52

Average Number of PC's per Lab
38

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Katie Schaub
Coordinator Visit Reservations

Address
Admission Visitors Center
C110 Pomerantz Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone
319-335-1569

Email
admissions-avcmail@uiowa.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kinnick Stadium/Carver Hawkeye Arena
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Finkbine Golf Course
Pentacrest/Old Capitol
UI Main Library
Iowa Memorial Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Pedestrian Plaza
CoralRidge Mall: Movies, Shopping, Ice Rink
Coralville Reservoir/Lake Macbride
Old Capitol Town Centre
The Englert Theatre

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
8:30am-4:30am
319-335-1569

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10:30am and 2:30pm; selected Saturdays
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
campus-visits@uiowa.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Cedar Rapids Airport is 25 miles (a 20-minute drive on I-380) from campus. Van service to campus is supplied by Airport Express (319-626-5466 or 800-383-2219) and Airport Shuttle Service (319-365-0655 or 800-725-8460); call at least 1 day ahead to arrange for this service. Intercity bus service to Iowa City is provided by Greyhound (800-231-2222) and Burlington Transit (800-992-4618)buses; Megabus (877-462-6342); call the Iowa City Bus Depot (319-337-2127) for information and schedules. Iowa City Transit (319-356-5151) and the University's Cambus (319-335-8633) provide local transportation throughout the Iowa City area. There are three taxi companies in the Iowa City area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-80 (which connects Iowa City with Chicago, IL and Omaha, NE), turn south on the Dubuque St. exit, which leads to the downtown/campus area. The Admission Visitors Center is 2 blocks west of Dubuque St. on the corner of Market and Cleary Walkway.

Local Accommodations
Located in the Student Union, the Iowa House (319-335-3513) is right on campus. Also within walking distance is the Sheraton Hotel (319-337-4058); and the hotelVetro studio suites & conference center (800-592-0355). Also: Coralville Marriott (319-688-4000); Quality Inn and Suites/Highlander Conference Center(I-80 and Hwy.1; 319-354-2000); Hampton Inn (1st Ave. N., Coralville; 319-351-6600); . The Golden Haug (319-354-4284),a bed and breakfast near campus. The Bostick Guest House (319-354-2453) offers rooms in a number of historic homes close to campus.
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Key Stats

24,097
Applicants
22,354
Size
81%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists