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University of Iowa Overview

University of Iowa is a public institution located 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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$37,424 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Iowa is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Iowa.
  • In <nil>, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Iowa bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $62,670 a year. That's about 54% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into Iowa?

You can apply to Iowa online at:

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
58% Of Accepted Are Women
18% 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 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 18% 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 560 and 670.

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

SAT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 560 to 670 )
Iowa received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Iowa  ( 21 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Iowa  ( 22 to 29 )

Can I Afford University of Iowa?

$37,424 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa is $37,424. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Iowa, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $9,106 a year. That adds up to $36,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is 1.2%. 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

19,748 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,608 undergraduate students at Iowa, with 19,748 being full-time and 1,860 being part-time.


There are also 8,301 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,748 full-time undergraduates at Iowa, 44% are male and 56% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 964
Black or African American 575
Hispanic or Latino 1,691
White 14,686
International Students 530
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,302

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

3,393 Took All Classes Online
16,368 Took At Least One Class Online
2.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 16,368 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.


This school is the 4th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Iowa

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Iowa was 2.4%. This is the #1,626 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Iowa regardless of major.

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%.


*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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