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University of Iowa Overview

University of Iowa is a public institution situated in Iowa City, Iowa. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Iowa Known For?

21,222 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,893 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Iowa have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Iowa.
  • In 2017-2018, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Iowa with a bachelor's degree make about $51,900 a year. That's 27% more than those who graduate from other schools.

University of Iowa Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Iowa is ranked #190 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Iowa has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Iowa

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 46
Best Colleges for International Students 85
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 86
Best Colleges 190
Best Colleges for the Money 410
Best Colleges for Diversity 516

Where Is University of Iowa?

Location of University of Iowa

Contact details for Iowa are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316
Phone: 319-335-3500
Website: www.uiowa.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofiowa
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/uiowa

How Do I Get Into Iowa?

You can apply to Iowa online at: admissions.uiowa.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Iowa

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Iowa?

86% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
Since Iowa has an acceptance rate of 86%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Iowa submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 680. Math scores were between 570 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Iowa  ( 570 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 570 to 690 )
200
800
Iowa received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of Iowa  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Iowa  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Iowa?

$15,893 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa is $15,893. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Iowa

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,599 $12,347 $15,388 $17,732 $18,623

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Iowa, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $7,373 a year. That adds up to $29,492 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,222 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 24,503 undergraduate students at Iowa, with 21,222 being full-time and 3,281 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Iowa

There are also 7,663 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,222 full-time undergraduates at Iowa, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Iowa

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Iowa students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Iowa Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 861
Black or African American 694
Hispanic or Latino 1,626
White 15,116
International Students 1,884
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,041

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at University of Iowa. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 105 countries are represented at Iowa. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at University of Iowa

3,022 Took All Classes Online
15,095 Took At Least One Class Online
6.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at Iowa. In 2017-2018, 15,095 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Iowa has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Iowa

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Iowa was 6.2%. This is the #1,588 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Iowa regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Iowa majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 1%
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Communication & Journalism 4%
Education 16%
Finance & Financial Management 16%
General Education 97%
Health Professions 2%
Journalism 10%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 12%
Marketing 11%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 14%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Iowa ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Iowa.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Health #66
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #72
Human Resource Management #92
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #143
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #339
Liberal Arts General Studies #339
Nursing #347

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Iowa Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Iowa awarded 11,622 undergraduate degrees and 4,418 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 140 23 0
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 12 2
Allied Health Professions 0 59 24 0
Anthropology 0 43 2 2
Applied Mathematics 0 0 12 4
Area Studies 0 19 1 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 6 1 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 49 1 21
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 8 5
Biomedical Engineering 0 129 5 8
Business Administration & Management 0 204 325 12
Chemical Engineering 0 41 4 6
Chemistry 0 40 8 23
Civil Engineering 0 57 3 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 6 4 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 2 18
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 4 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 190 1 4
Communication Sciences 0 63 32 10
Computer Engineering 0 26 10 8
Computer Information Systems 0 174 26 9
Criminology 0 60 0 0
Dance 0 24 7 0
Dentistry 0 0 0 82
Drama & Theater Arts 0 26 7 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 5 5
Economics 0 184 0 2
Education Philosophy 0 0 1 4
Educational Administration 0 0 25 1
Educational Assessment 0 0 8 4
Electrical Engineering 0 53 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 107 4 0
Environmental Engineering 0 2 10 0
Ethnic Studies 0 15 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 65 3 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 408 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 145 45 0
General Biology 0 121 2 2
General Education 0 0 29 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 1
General English Literature 0 82 10 10
General Psychology 0 254 7 9
Genetics 0 0 0 5
Geography & Cartography 0 22 4 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 18 6 2
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 653 30 0
History 0 48 5 5
Human Resource Management 0 135 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 46 3 1
International Relations & National Security 0 33 0 0
International Studies 0 40 0 0
Journalism 0 157 26 2
Law 0 0 0 141
Legal Research 0 0 9 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 194 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 32 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 22 17 5
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 186 61 1
Marketing 0 195 0 0
Mathematics 0 118 16 10
Mechanical Engineering 0 102 5 7
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 6 0
Medical Science 0 0 5 0
Medicine 0 0 0 142
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 18 0 5
Music 0 37 30 29
Natural Resources Conservation 0 55 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 3 0 6
Nursing 0 224 10 39
Other Education 0 0 4 0
Other Engineering 0 0 1 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 20 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 147 4 2
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 52 1 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 5
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 5 116
Philosophy 0 27 5 3
Physics 0 18 2 9
Political Science & Government 0 114 11 2
Public Health 0 0 114 6
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 9 38
Religious Studies 0 12 3 0
Romance Languages 0 50 8 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 7 0 0
Social Work 0 45 86 1
Sociology 0 46 3 1
Special Education 0 0 2 9
Statistics 0 56 10 6
Student Counseling 0 0 9 9
Sustainability Science 0 0 18 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 118 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 5 20 6
Writing Studies 0 0 57 0
Total 0 11,622 2,648 1,770

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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