University of Iowa

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7
Overall
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

#
2
midwest Regional
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

TOP
100
Overall
Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

The University of Iowa is the oldest, public university in the state. Commonly referred to as UI or just Iowa, it is a research university that offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

Among the best schools in the country, Iowa was ranked #113 by Washington Monthly and #72 by U.S. News & World Report. Globally, Iowa is ranked #199 by U.S. News & World Report and #169 by Times Higher Education.

Iowa is well respected for its creative writing department. The Iowa Writer’s Workshop is one of the top writing programs in the U.S. Iowa also hosts one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Iowa’s athletic teams, the Hawkeyes, are very competitive in several sports, most notably football. Hawkeyes teams play in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA’s Division 1.

The University of Iowa is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Undergraduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Iowa the 72nd best school in the country.  Among public institutions, it is ranked 28th best.  The School of Art & Art History is the 22nd best fine arts program in the country.

Graduate Programs

The University of Iowa’s graduate programs are considered some of the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.  The Carver College of Medicine is ranked 16th best for primary care and 28th best for research.  The College of Law is considered the 29th best in the country, while the College of Pharmacy is 17th best.

Online Degrees and Programs

Iowa offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs online.  These include bachelor’s degrees in applied studies, social work, business administration, liberal studies, and nursing.  Graduate degrees include educational leadership, nursing, and strategic communication.  Certificates are offered in entrepreneurial management, nonprofit management, and public health.

Departments, Colleges and Schools

The University of Iowa is organized into 11 colleges, which offer more than 100 programs.  There are an additional two schools and one workshop within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

  • Tippie College of Business
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Iowa Writers Workshop
  • School of Art and Art History
  • School of Music
  • College of Education
  • College of Law
  • College of Nursing
  • Graduate College
  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Public Health
  • University College
  • College of Dentistry

Financial Aid

The University of Iowa has one of the lowest tuition costs in the Big Ten.  More than 2,000 scholarships are available based on merit and need.  Students can also obtain grants and loans.  Approximately 80 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.  This, combined with the overall low cost, means that about 40 percent of students graduate without debt.  Fiske considers Iowa a “Best Buy College.”

Library

UI’s library is the state’s largest and is broken up into eight separate libraries:  Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Main Library, the Law Library, and five branch libraries.   In total, the system has more than five million volumes.

Athletics

The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference, and its teams, known as the Hawkeyes, include football, basketball (both men’s and women’s), wrestling, field hockey, baseball, soccer, softball, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, rowing, cross country, and volleyball.  The wrestling team is the schools most successful having won more than 20 national titles.  Club sports are available in water polo, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, baseball, crew, soccer, volleyball, ice hockey, women’s flag football, and cricket, among others.

Housing

A majority of freshmen choose to live on-campus.  Twelve residence halls and apartments are divided into four neighborhoods. 

East Campus Neighborhood has four residence halls:  Burge, Currier, Daum, and Stanley.
West Campus Neighborhood, located near the athletic facilities, includes the Hillcrest, Rienow, Slater, and Quadrangle residence halls.
Two facilities, Mayflower and Parklawn, offer apartment-style living.  Sophomores and above are able to lease apartments from the university in the Hawks Ridge building, and upperclass Honors students can lease in the Centerstone building.  Hawks Ridge is located outside of the main campus.  Many of the residence halls and apartments offer learning communities for interested students.

General Information

Admission Office
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
(319) 335-3847
(800) 553-4692
Fax: (319) 335-1535
[email protected]
Contact: Michael Barron
Assistant Provost for Enrollment
Services
Main Address
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
(319) 335-3500
www.uiowa.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 20,823
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,246
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,079
Graduate enrollment: 6,405
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First Professional
Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses
for Academic Year
2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $6,293 $6,544 $6,824 $7,417 +8.69%
Books and
Supplies
$960 $1,040 $1,090 $1,090 0.00%
Living Arrangement –
On Campus
Room and Board $7,250 $7,673 $8,004 $8,331 +4.09%
Other $3,360 $3,430 $3,520 $3,515 -0.14%
Living Arrangement –
Off Campus
Room and Board $7,250 $7,673 $8,004 $8,331 +4.09%
Other $3,360 $3,430 $3,520 $3,515 -0.14%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On
Campus
$17,863 $18,687 $19,438 $20,353 +4.71%
In-state Off
Campus
$17,863 $18,687 $19,438 $20,353 +4.71%
In-state with
Family
$7,253 $7,584 $7,914 $8,507 +7.49%

Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students$7,250
In-state Student Fees $1,329
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $21,670
Out-of-state Fees $1,329

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per
Student
All students financial aid 3,174 76%
Grant or
scholarship aid
2,455 59% $14,144,795 $5,762
– Federal grants 1,022 24% $2,448,434 $2,396
– Pell grants 523 13% $1,622,264 $3,102
– Other federal
grants
499 12% $826,170 $1,656
State/local
government grant or scholarships
173 4% $619,096 $3,579
Institutional
grants or scholarships
1,702 41% $11,077,265 $6,508
Student loan aid 1,945 47% $12,945,572 $6,656
– Federal student
loans
1,916 46% $10,125,706 $5,285
– Other student
loans
252 6% $2,819,866 $11,190

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most
Recent Year
BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4996 1454 913 620
Architecture and Related
Services
28
City/Urban, Community and
Regional Planning
28
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic,
and Group Studies
47 11 4 17
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies 2
American Indian/Native American
Studies
2
American/United States
Studies/Civilization
14 6 3
Asian Studies/Civilization 26 5
Ethnic, Cultural Minority,
Gender, and Group Studies, Other
15
Women's Studies 5 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 164 27 74 22
Biochemistry 27 6
Biology and Biological
Sciences, General
114 2 8
Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics 9 3
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell Biology and Anatomy 2
Epidemiology 10 6 22
Genetics 8
Genetics, Other
Human/Medical Genetics
Immunology 4
Microbiology 23 3 9
Molecular Biology 6
Neurobiology and Anatomy 11
Pharmacology 1 5
Physiology 5
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology 1
Toxicology 1 1
Business, Administration,
Management, Marketing, etc.
949 369 8 399
Accounting 115 41
Actuarial Science 17
Business Administration and
Management
328 8
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial
Studies
307
Finance 379
Human Resources
Management/Personnel
Administration
Insurance 41
International
Business/Trade/Commerce
47
Labor and Industrial Relations 157
Management Sciences and
Quantitative Methods, Other
38
Marketing, Other 243
Non-profit/Public/Organizational
Management
4
Communication and Journalism
Programs
435 10 16 7
Communication and Media
Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and
Related Programs, Other
7
Journalism 162 9 6
Speech Communication and
Rhetoric
273 1 10
Computing and Information
Sciences
44 36 10
Computer and Information
Sciences
28 36 10
Information Science/Studies 16
Education 146 122 40 6
Adult and Continuing Education
and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School
Counseling and Guidance Services
42 7
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and
Teaching
Education 49 12
Educational Assessment,
Testing, and Measurement
20 19
Educational Leadership and
Administration
Educational/Instructional
Technology
Elementary Education and
Teaching
134
English/Language Arts Teacher
Education
Foreign Language Teacher
Education
Higher Education/Higher
Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher
Education/General Science Teacher
Education
12 11 2
Secondary Education and
Teaching
Social and Philosophical
Foundations Of Education
Social Studies Teacher
Education
Special Education and Teaching
Student Counseling and
Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education and
Professional Development, Specific
Levels and Methods, Other
6
Teacher Education and
Professional Development, Specific
Subject Areas, Other
Engineering 276 65 42 14
Bioengineering and Biomedical
Engineering
76 10 5
Chemical Engineering 24 4 10
Civil Engineering 60 24 11
Computer Engineering 5 3
Electrical and Electronics
Engineering
31
Engineering 10
Engineering, Other 4
Industrial Engineering 15 12 5
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 70 10 8
English Language, Composition
and Literature/Letters
231 74 11 5
English Language and Literature 231 74 11
English Language and
Literature/Letters, Other
5
Foreign Languages, Literatures,
and Linguistics
157 33 14 9
American Sign Language (ASL) 9
Ancient/Classical Greek
Language and Literature
Classics and Classical
Languages, Literatures, and
Linguistics
5 6
Comparative Literature 1 3 1
French Language and Literature 22 3 1
German Language and Literature 11 2
Italian Language and Literature 2
Language Interpretation and
Translation
4
Latin Language and Literature
Linguistic, Comparative, and
Related Language Studies and
Services, Other
1
Linguistics 24 5 5
Portuguese Language and
Literature
3
Russian Language and Literature 10
Spanish Language and Literature 79 10 6
Health Services and Allied
Health Sciences
364 274 373 101
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and
Oral Sciences, Other
2 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 13
Audiology/Audiologist and
Speech-language
Pathology/Pathologist
51 26 9
Cardiovascular
Technology/Technologist
3
Clinical Laboratory
Science/Medical
Technology/Technologist
12
Clinical Nurse Specialist 3
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed
Care Pharmacy
Community Health and Preventive
Medicine
1 1
Dental Clinical Sciences 2 4
Dental Public Health and
Education
4
Dentistry 73
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography/Sonographer and
Ultrasound Technician
9
Endodontics/Endodontology 4
Environmental Health 1 3 1
Health Professions and Related
Clinical Sciences, Other
15 1 3
Health Services Administration 29
International Public
Health/International Health
3
Marriage and Family
Therapy/Counseling
Medical Radiologic
Technology/Science – Radiation
Therapist
9
Medical Scientist 2
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical
Chemistry
Medicine 130
Music Therapy/Therapist
Nuclear Medical
Technology/Technologist
2 10
Nursing Science 115 2
Occupational Health and
Industrial Hygiene
Oral Biology and Oral and
Maxillofacial Pathology
3
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 5 5
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics 4
Perfusion
Technology/Perfusionist
4
Periodontics/Periodontology 1
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Pharmacy 104
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical
Sciences, and Administration,
Other
4 13
Physical Therapy/Therapist 36
Physician Assistant 25 25
Prosthodontics/Prosthodontology 3
Public Health Education and
Promotion
Public Health 43
Public Health, Other 7
Radiologic Technology/Science –
Radiographer
41
Registered Nursing/Registered
Nurse
245
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic
Professions, Other
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Counseling
History 114 5 6
History 114 5 6
Homeland Security, Law
Enforcement, Firefighting and
Related Protective Services
Corrections
Human Services 42 83 2
Social Work 42 83 2
Legal and Law Studies 8 216
Comparative Law 8
Law 216
Liberal Arts and Sciences,
General Studies and Humanities
447
Liberal Arts and Sciences,
General Studies and Humanities,
Other
Liberal Arts and
Sciences/Liberal Studies
447
Library Science 54
Library and Information Science 54
Mathematics and Statistics 50 48 21
Applied Mathematics 5
Mathematics 47 21 12
Statistics 3 27 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies
141 10 3 35
Ancient Studies/Civilization 4
Biological and Physical
Sciences
Biopsychology
Gerontology 13
Holocaust and Related Studies
International/Global Studies 120 2
Medieval and Renaissance
Studies
1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies, Other
17 8 3 1
Museology/Museum Studies 18
Nutrition Sciences
Sustainability Studies 2
Natural Resources and
Conservation
12
Environmental Science 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and
Fitness Studies
181 20 3
Health and Physical
Education/Fitness, Other
98 4 3
Kinesiology and Exercise
Science
59 2
Parks, Recreation and Leisure
Studies
24 14
Sport and Fitness
Administration/Management
Physical Sciences 39 20 14
Astronomy 5 1
Chemistry 17 8 8
Geology and Earth Science 8 8 2
Physics 9 3 4
Psychology 362 10 10
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child
Psychology
Educational Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology 362 10 10
School Psychology
Social Psychology
Social Sciences 445 28 19
Anthropology 56 5 4
Economics 98 8 7
Geography 33 1 3
Political Science and
Government
195 5 5
Sociology 63 9
Theology and Religious
Vocations
1
Religious/Sacred Music 1
Visual and Performing Arts 350 119 27 4
Art History, Criticism and
Conservation
16 1 6
Art/Art Studies 144 54
Cinematography and Film/Video
Production
1
Dance 25 5
Directing and Theatrical
Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theater
Arts
42 15
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 73 10 2
Film/Video and Photographic
Arts, Other
Music 49 33 19
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theater/Theater
Design and Technology
Visual and Performing Arts,
Other
1 4

Above data represent
first majors only.

(-) Indicates that
program is not offered at this award
level.

Admissions Information

Application
Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment
Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 83%
Admissions
Considerations

Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall
2011

Number of Applicants: 18,939
Percent Admitted: 80%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled:
30%

Test
Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 630 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 685 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 23 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 22 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 22 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 23 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate
Attendance Status

Undergraduate
Student Gender

Undergraduate
Student Age

Undergraduate
Student Residence

Graduate
Attendance Status

Undergraduate
Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention
Rates for First-Time Students
Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Overall
Graduation and Transfer-Out
Rates for Students

Graduation Rates
for Students Pursuing Bachelor's
Degrees

6-Year
Graduation Rate by Gender for
Students Pursuing Bachelor's
Degrees

6-Year
Graduation Rate by
Race/Ethnicity for Students
Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area,
Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender
Studies

African
Studies B
African-American

Studies B
American
Studies B
Asian
Studies B
Russian/Slavic

Area Studies B
Women's
Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art –
General B
Art
History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts
Management B
Ceramics
B
Dance B
Drama/Theater

Arts B
Drawing
B
Film
Production/Cinematography B
Film
Studies B
Fine/Studio

Arts B
Jazz
Studies B
Metal/Jewelry

Arts B
Music –
General B
Music –
General Performance B
Music –
Piano/Organ B
Music –
Voice/Opera B
Music
Management/Merchandising B
Music
Theory/Composition B
Painting
B
Photography

B
Printmaking

B
Sculpture

B
Stringed
Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biochemistry

B
Biology
B
Microbiology

B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B
Actuarial

Science B
Business
Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial

Economics B
Finance/Banking

B
Human
Resources Management B
Labor/Personnel

Relations B
Management

Information Systems B
Management

Science B
Marketing

Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric

B
Journalism

B
Mass
Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer
Science B
Computer/Information

Sciences – General B

Education
Elementary

Education B

Engineering
Biomedical

Engineering B
Chemical
Engineering B
Civil
Engineering B
Electrical/Communications

Engineering B
Engineering

– General B
Industrial

Engineering B
Mechanical

Engineering B

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B
Speech/Rhetorical

Studies B

Foreign Language &
Literature

Chinese
B
Classics
B
Comparative

Literature B
French B
German B
Greek,
Ancient B
Italian
B
Japanese
B
Latin B
Linguistics

B
Portuguese

B
Russian
B
Sanskrit/Classical

Indian B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Athletic
Training/Sports Medicine B
Audiology/Hearing

Sciences B
Clinical
Laboratory Science B
Music
Therapy B
Nuclear
Medical Technology B
Nursing
(RN) B
Predentistry

B
Premedicine

B
Prenursing

B
Prepharmacy

B
Preveterinary

Medicine B
Radiologic

Technology/Medical Imaging B
Recreational

Therapy B

History
History
– General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal
Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Applied
Mathematics B
Mathematics

– General B
Statistics

B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient
Studies/Civilization B
Global
Studies B

Natural Resources &
Conservation

Environmental

Science B
Environmental

Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise
Sciences B
Parks,
Recreation & Fitness – General
B
Parks/Leisure

Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness

Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B
Religion/Religious

Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy

B
Chemistry

B
Geology
B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Social
Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology

B
Economics

B
Geography

B
Political

Science/Government B
Sociology

B

Degree
levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.