About University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, University of Iowa. is a Public college. Located in Iowa, which is a city setting in Iowa, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 24,476 full time undergraduate students, and 7,535 full time graduate students.

The University of Iowa Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 1334 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Iowa include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate84%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range1020-1320
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at UI are considered Less Selective, with ,145% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 55% were in the top quarter, and 24% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Iowa.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
21%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
15%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
54%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
38%
“I feel extremely safe”
2%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
7%
“We bought the gear”
91%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
30%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
65%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
7%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
37%
“We only party on weekends”
56%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
34%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
63%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
21%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
61%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
15%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
54%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
38%
“I feel extremely safe”
2%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
7%
“We bought the gear”
91%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
30%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
65%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
7%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
37%
“We only party on weekends”
56%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
34%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Iowa REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    298 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    255 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    306 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    312 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    312 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    311 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    311 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    312 Students rated academics 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Iowa?

141 Students rated University of Iowa

Emily - 11/02/2022

To be completely honest, I didn't particularly like it when I first started out here. My high school graduating class was 2020, and coming into freshman year the university had a lot of issues. Since then, it's improved a lot. The music and arts scene has come back, people aren't scared to interact with each other anymore, and sports are bigger than ever. The quality of housing and dining in the dorms, however, is still feeling the effects. They're having some trouble keeping people on staff and getting new hires. Overall, though, I enjoy going to school here and would recommend it - even taking some drawbacks into account, we're better off here than at Iowa State :).

Jackson - 12/20/2021

The University of Iowa is great for students coming from Iowa who have yet to be exposed to anything outside of their small town. The lack of resources or maturity throughout the school is astounding. Drinking happens Tuesday-Saturday (thanks summit), and academics are not seen as a priority. There is nothing to do off-campus, just drink or eat. Really would recommend not looking at this school. I'm a freshman and am unhappy.

sumeet - 10/05/2021

One of the worst universities you will come across. Highly recommend you to stay away. Its in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing to do around it, most professors don't know what they are doing and how to mentor a student as they are only interested in using them to further their own research interest and get tenure, professors doesn't seem to be very helpful, PhD programs take 7-8 years to graduate, college of pharmacy is even worst: lot of nepotism, politics to the points that student gets affected, professors keep throwing out students out of their labs after a student has spent 2 years in their lab in the middle of the PhD program and management is not doing anything. Pretty sure someone is going to take out their own life one day in that depressing place.

Rachel - 08/14/2021

The University of Iowa is a highly credited school in the state. It's affordable and has plenty of opportunities for majors, as well as career options. The University is close to the downtown area and there are plenty of places to go when not studying. It's a very nice university.

University of Iowa FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Iowa?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Iowa is 84%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Choosing a college is one of the biggest choices you will make in life. It is ok to be scared, but do not let those feelings get in the way of your future. Also, make sure to visit the school of your choice before you enroll in it becasue you are going to be spending 4 or more years of your life there and you do not want to have a horrible suprised if you end up not liking the atmosphere. Finally, do what feels most right, do not make your choice based on your friends decisions or your boyfriend or girlfriends decisions. If those people are your true friends they will remain true to you no matter how far you are from them. You will meet new people wherever you go and they will be your best friends for the rest of your life. Finally, shoot for the stars!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Mostly white people.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    As a part-time freshman, I have little to say about the academics. But, from what I hear there is a language barrier between some professors and students. Some classes are difficult and others not so much.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love Iowa. It's a large school, but there are so many organizations and clubs that it's easy to find your niche. If you want to party, it's available, but if you don't, there are so many other oppurtunities -- a lot of them are free! I also love the campus itself. It's beautiful and easy to get around. There are a lot of walking trails that go along the river. I like to take walks along it when it's nice out. People are always running or walking dogs or biking. Plus there is free Cambus service. It's also easy to get around the community. You can catch a bus to the Coralville mall, anywhere in Iowa City, or wherever. The town is great. It's really lively and cultural just like a college town should be. Although there are more bars than anything downtown, it's a fun place to hang out and it's very pedestrian-oriented.

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  6. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    A big part of the University of Iowa is Greek Life.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The Feel of the University of Iowa is something I have never experienced before. From visiting people at many other universities, I always come back to Iowa as my home, each time more assured that I chose the best school out there. The campus is integrated to the downtown Iowa City life that provides endless entertainment and all types of activities for student. Each student at Iowa will tell you that they have made a home here, and will find it hard to leave, often picking the graduate program here as well. It’s a place for anyone and everyone.

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  8. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Yes. It's a very liberal, progressive campus. There is a lot of drinking, but there are also a lot of people who don't drink. It's such a large campus that it doesn't matter. And Hawkeye football is a big deal, so everyone becomes a sports enthusiast.

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  9. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That Iowa is only a party school.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The University of Iowa has a beautiful campus where there's always something to do- you can shop in the Old Capitol Mall, watch No Shame Theater at the Theater Building, exercise at the fitness center, play pool in the residence halls, go for a walk along the river, catch a game at Kinnick Stadium or Carver-Hawkeye Arena, go to swing dance lessons at the field house, eat downtown, look for special activities, or just eat with your friends at Burge Marketplace or hang out with them in their dorm room- it's hard to be bored.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    ones who arent willing to accept change. This school is completely different from any high school i have ever seen. Every ethnic race ever invented is probably here at the University of Iowa. And its so many different things you can do here so if you just want to stay home and do nothing dont come to this school.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The fact that we had a flood last year, and the wintersa are cold

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  13. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Iowa is a safe enviornment that is up to my expectations of what a college should be.

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  14. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    University of Iowa is best known for its medical/health majors. With the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Children's Hospital on campus, there is a strong focus on medical and health-related programs. As a nursing student, I know that Iowa's nursing program is ranked on of the top ten nursing schools in the nation, and clinical experience is available almost immediately.

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    I think someone who want to attented a big school with a small school feel should go here. You end up seeing the same people everywhere but it can be very easy to avoid the people you don't want to see.

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  16. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how difficult classes would be at the University of Iowa. To do well, you have to use the majority of your time studying and doing classwork. It's a large school, so definitely get invovled in something to get to know people better. If you aren't involved in anything, you're going to have a harder time making friends because the class sizes are VERY large.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about the Hawkeye football games and school activities that I am involved in.

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  18. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The fact that the sides of campus are located across a river and up/down a hill from each other. Crossing a river and walking up a hill is not the first thing I look forward to when I wake up to walk in the morning. The hill might suck, but the view is always nice, whether it's looking at the old capitol or the Iowa River.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Stereotypes of students include big partiers. Which can be true, but students know when to grind and get their work done.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Football weekends are huge! Most of the campus is filled with fans wearing black and gold. Vendors selling food, t-shirts, etc. line the streets as you approach Kinnick. It is a really exciting time, especially when the Hawkeyes win. Basketball is slowly, but surely gaining popularity. There were several sold out games this season and the Hawkeyes pulled off some great wins. There is definitely a strong student population attending other athletic events, however football and basketball dominate.

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  21. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    There are lots of libraries on campus with spaces that few students use. I like to go to the top floor of the business library when I need a quiet space. The entire law library is also good for that. The Van Allen Commons is a new space that is great for studying with floor to ceiling white boards and lots of great spaces. The University is also planning to renovate the Main Library to offer a similar space soon. When it's nice out there are lots of places outside that have Wi-Fi including the entire Pentacrest.

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

24,476

Total Undergrad Enrollment

7,535

Total Grad Students

42%

Out-Of-State

50%

In-State

8%

International

Organizations

487

Student Organizations

23

Fraternities

21

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

20%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
69%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

88% of students attending University of Iowa receive some sort of financial aid. 23% were awarded federal grants. While 46% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$28,813

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$950

Books and Supplies

$10,108

Room and Board

39,871

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$8,259
$30 - $48K
$9,753
$48 - $75K
$13,418
$75 - $110K
$16,607
$110K & UP
$17,268

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