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University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

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About University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is located in the southeast of the state, in Iowa City. Founded in 1847 as Iowa's first public university, it was the first public university in the nation to allow students to submit creative works in place of academic research for thesis requirements in advanced degree programs. In addition, the university was the first to house a law school west of the Mississippi River.

In 2011, The Princeton Review acknowledged the University of Iowa in its 'Guide to 311 Green Colleges'. Student athletes compete at the NCAA Division I-A level on 12 women's and 10 men's varsity teams as part of the 'Big Ten' athletics, and the school offers numerous intramural sports programs. The school mascot is Herky the Hawk.


A total of 12 colleges, over 100 areas of study and seven professional degree programs (including the university's most popular professional degree program in law) comprise the academics of the University of Iowa. Supporting the academics are the Main Library, the Art Library, the Pomerantz Library, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Rita Benton Music Library and the Science Library. A strong emphasis on research has led the university to create research programs in genetics, speech and hearing and hydraulics, all which are known around the world.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at the university, and it enrolls the majority of undergraduate students. The college also has the university's most popular bachelor's degree, enrolling 396 undergraduate students during the 2010-2011 academic year in the bachelor's in liberal arts and sciences. In addition, there are many top-rated degree programs at the CLAS, including those in writing, speech-language pathology, printmaking and social psychology.

The Henry B. Tippie College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Their Masters in Business Administration and Management (MBA) not only ranks consistently within the top 50 MBA degree programs in the country, but it was ranked 6th among MBA's with the most financial value by U.S. News and World Report in 2011. The MBA degree program is available in a number of formats, including a full-time MBA, an MBA for professionals and managers and an international MBA degree program in Italy and Hong Kong.


For general admission, prospective freshman must submit an application, official high school transcripts and their ACT or SAT test scores. Prospective freshman pursuing admission to undergraduate degree programs in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, nursing, education, pharmacy or medicine must fulfill more specific requirements. Although many of the graduate degree programs have requirements for admission, general admission to the graduate school requires students have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Enrollment includes students from 100 different countries, which comprise 10 percent of the student population. Ninety percent of the undergraduate student population attends the university on a full-time basis, and there is a near-even percent of male and female undergraduates, with a student population that is 52% female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As a public institution, residents and non-residents pay varying amounts of tuition. During the 2012-2013 academic school year, residents will pay an estimated $8,057 in tuition and fees and non-residents will pay $26,279. Room and board was estimated at $9,170 for both residents and non-residents. Graduate tuition varies depending on the degree program, but graduate assistantships are available within many of the university departments to offset tuition costs.

A total of 15 scholarships and awards are available to first-year students, including the Presidential Scholarship, the Old Gold Scholarship, the Iowa Scholars Award and the University of Iowa National Scholars Award. These awards and scholarships range in value from $1,000 for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence Award all the way up to $40,000 for the Presidential Scholarship.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 21,564 undergraduate and 8,246 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 19 residence halls; approximately 10,000 students live on campus*
Schools and Programs 12 colleges and over 100 areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Liberal arts and sciences (396)
Master's: General business administration and management (373)
PhDs: Law (183)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 42% in four years
69% in six years
70% in eight years**
Admission Rate 80% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 4,565 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time and 86% for part-time students**
Middle 50% SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT: 990-1315
ACT Composite: 23-28**
Undergraduate Application Due Date April 1 for summer and fall terms and November 15 for spring term*
Decision Notification Date Starting mid-August, within 2 businesses days of the receipt of a completed application*
Tuition In 2012-2013 (includes all estimated student expenses):
Residents: $8,057
Non-residents: $26,279*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (18%), state and local grants (3%), institutional scholarship (50%), federal loans (51%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Iowa; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, The University of Iowa, 107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
  • Phone: 319-335-3847
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