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Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa (UI) the oldest public university in Iowa. It is situated on 1,900 acres in Iowa City, Iowa, and has eleven degree-granting colleges. The school has been consistently recognized for its high-quality educational programs. It is listed as a Public Ivy in the book, “The Public Ivies: America’ Flagship Public Universities” written by Howard and Matthew Greene. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the largest university-owned teaching hospital in the country, is also on UI’s campus. Currently, there are about 31,000 students pursuing an education at the University of Iowa.


The eleven colleges at UI award bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees. Students literally have hundreds of majors and minors to choose from. Here is a list of some of the programs of study available at the University of Iowa:

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business
  • Cinema
  • Civil Engineering
  • Dance
  • Electrical Engineering
  • French
  • Geography
  • Human Physiology
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Radiation Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Statistics

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Mortuary Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Fine Arts: Acting
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • Master of Science in Clinical Investigation
  • Master of Arts in Developmental Reading

A distance-learning program lets students take classes online or at one of several satellite locations in Iowa such as Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. This format allows students all over the world to earn a degree at the University of Iowa without stepping one foot on campus. Undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs are available.

The University of Iowa has an extensive study abroad program that encompasses 75 courses in 81 countries including Australia, Egypt, and Nepal. The programs are taught in English, so students are not required to learn the language of the land. The cost varies by program but financial aid can be used to pay for a study abroad program.


Admission requirements vary depending on the program you wish to study. For example, students applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must have a Regent Admission Index score of 245 or above for residents of Iowa or 255 for non-residents. They must also have completed the minimum high school requirements of 4 years of English, 3 years of science and social studies, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. It is best to visit the school’s website for the admission criteria for the program you want to study.

The University of Iowa accepts transfer students. Eligibility is determined by the coursework you completed at your previous schools and your grade point average. The school does have articulation agreements with all of the community colleges in Iowa. The credits earned from a two-year degree may be applied to up to 50% of the credits required to earn your degree from UI.

International students must meet the same requirements of first-year or transfer students. They must also submit their ACT or SAT scores and take the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not their first language. A $250 acceptance fee is required.


The estimated costs of attending the University of Iowa are as follows:

  • Undergraduate tuition and fees (resident): $8,057 per year
  • Undergraduate tuition and fees (non-resident): $26,279 per year
  • Room and board: $9,170 per year
  • Books and Supplies: $1,090 per year

Some degree programs may charge more or less.

Students can get financial aid from the state and federal government to help them pay for school. The University of Iowa also has a number of scholarships and work-study programs.

Campus Life

Campus housing consists of residence halls, living-learning communities, and fraternities and sororities. Students can get single, double, triple, and quad rooms. A few rooms have private bathrooms. All rooms are furnished and laundry facilities are located in every residence hall. Living-learning communities attempts to group students according to shared interests.

The University of Iowa has over 500 student organizations including Actuarial Science Club, Journal of Corporation Law, Hawkeye Chess Club, and Camp Adventure Youth Services. Sports programs available at the University of Iowa include rowing, football, gymnastics, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, volleyball, and field hockey.



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