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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?

5,811 Undergraduate Awards
$36,829 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%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered 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.

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University of Iowa Rankings

Iowa landed the #274 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Iowa has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#161 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Iowa.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Insurance Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best American Sign Language Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Visual & Performing Arts Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Iowa has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#32 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#50 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#110 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

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?

$36,829 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa is $36,829. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

21,212 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,482 undergraduate students at Iowa, with 21,212 being full-time and 2,270 being part-time.

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

There are also 7,758 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,212 full-time undergraduates at Iowa, 46% are male and 54% 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 879
Black or African American 601
Hispanic or Latino 1,702
White 15,695
International Students 1,143
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,192

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 653 14 30 0 697
Business Administration & Management 204 145 325 12 686
Finance & Financial Management 408 27 0 0 435
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 186 68 61 1 316
Nursing 224 11 10 39 284
General Psychology 254 0 7 9 270
Computer Information Systems 174 11 26 9 220
Marketing 195 20 0 0 215
Journalism 157 14 26 2 199
Liberal Arts General Studies 194 3 0 0 197
Communication & Media Studies 190 0 1 4 195
Fine & Studio Arts 145 0 45 0 190
Economics 184 0 0 2 186
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 183 0 0 183
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 147 18 4 2 171
Accounting 140 0 23 0 163
Mathematics 118 0 16 10 144
Biomedical Engineering 129 0 5 8 142
Medicine 0 0 0 142 142
Law 0 0 0 141 141
Teacher Education Grade Specific 118 20 0 2 140
Public Health 0 20 114 6 140
Human Resource Management 135 0 0 0 135
Social Work 45 3 86 1 135
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 8 5 116 129
Political Science & Government 114 0 11 2 127
General Biology 121 0 2 2 125
English Literature (Other) 107 13 4 0 124
Mechanical Engineering 102 3 5 7 117
Allied Health Professions 59 29 24 0 112
Writing Studies 0 53 57 0 110
Communication Sciences 63 0 32 10 105
General English Literature 82 0 10 10 102
Music 37 0 30 29 96
Sustainability Science 0 69 18 0 87
Ethnic Studies 15 67 0 0 82
Dentistry 0 0 0 82 82
Hospitality Management 0 81 0 0 81
Educational Administration 0 47 25 1 73
Statistics 56 0 10 6 72
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 49 0 1 21 71
Chemistry 40 0 8 23 71
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 65 0 3 1 69
Civil Engineering 57 0 3 6 66
Romance Languages 50 0 8 3 61
Criminology 60 0 0 0 60
History 48 0 5 5 58
Natural Resources Conservation 55 0 0 0 55
Insurance 0 53 0 0 53
Electrical Engineering 53 0 0 0 53
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 39 12 2 53
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 52 0 1 0 53
Chemical Engineering 41 0 4 6 51
Industrial Engineering 46 0 3 1 50
Sociology 46 0 3 1 50
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 9 38 47
Anthropology 43 0 2 2 47
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 22 2 17 5 46
Computer Engineering 26 0 10 8 44
International Studies 40 0 0 0 40
Philosophy 27 0 5 3 35
International Relations & National Security 33 1 0 0 34
Drama & Theater Arts 26 0 7 0 33
Library & Information Science 0 0 32 0 32
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5 0 20 6 31
Other Health Professions 0 11 20 0 31
Dance 24 0 7 0 31
Geological & Earth Sciences 18 4 6 2 30
General Education 0 0 29 0 29
Physics 18 0 2 9 29
Geography & Cartography 22 0 4 2 28
International Business 0 25 0 0 25
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 18 0 0 5 23
Area Studies 19 0 1 3 23
Museum Studies 0 23 0 0 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 2 18 20
Student Counseling 0 0 9 9 18
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 4 8 5 17
Applied Mathematics 0 0 12 4 16
Religious Studies 12 0 3 0 15
Educational Assessment 0 2 8 4 14
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 2 5 5 12
Environmental Engineering 2 0 10 0 12
Other Visual Art 0 12 0 0 12
Special Education 0 0 2 9 11
General Engineering 0 10 0 1 11
Classical Languages & Literature 6 0 4 1 11
Legal Research 0 0 9 2 11
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 10 0 0 10
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 3 0 0 6 9
American Sign Language 0 9 0 0 9
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 2 6 0 8
General Social Sciences 0 8 0 0 8
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 7 0 0 0 7
Gerontology 0 7 0 0 7
Astronomy & Astrophysics 6 0 1 0 7
Germanic Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Genetics 0 0 0 5 5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 5 5
Education Philosophy 0 0 1 4 5
Medical Science 0 0 5 0 5
Other Education 0 0 4 0 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 4 0 0 0 4
Medieval Studies 0 4 0 0 4
Other Engineering 0 2 1 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 0 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 0 0 0 0
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 0 0 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,811 1,158 1,324 885 9,178

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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