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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
About University of Iowa...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
108 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
From University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities with 32,948 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, one of America’s most beloved college towns. Home to one of the most acclaimed academic medical centers in the U.S. and the world-renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop, the UI offers more than 200 majors, minors, and certificates to help students create their own path of study.

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University of Iowa Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
May 1
Acceptance Rate
86%
SAT Range
1140-1370
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$14,845/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,045/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.167 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.191 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.191 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,222Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,281
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    33%
  • Unique
    22%
  • Average
    13%
  • Carefree
    12%
  • Foreign
    7%
  • Basic
    4%
  • Fun!
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.250 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.287 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 127 responses
Report
  • Pride
    34%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Parties
    11%
  • Opportunity
    10%
  • Large
    8%
  • Freedom
    8%
  • Prestiguous
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $51,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    74%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    96%
    National
    83%
    82%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.127 responses
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    University of Iowa Reviews

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    I just graduated this semester after 4 years at the University of Iowa. I'm already missing my friends and Iowa City home. It's a big school but is also small and homey. In terms of finding a good college town, you can't beat it. The people are friendly and the beautiful downtown area is practically integrated with the campus. In academic terms, it's a very solid university with a huge array of programs and majors. It's definitely a big school for business and medical studies, but I would highly recommend it for arts and writing majors. Iowa City has a big artistic and literary scene, but also a great game day atmosphere on football Saturdays. I would say the biggest con is high tuition rates for out-of-state students. Be prepared to network, earn good grades, and make good use of university resources, and you should be able to land a job after graduation. I did, but I'm sure sad to leave!
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    I enjoyed my time at the University of Iowa and I believe it truly has prepared me to further my education in graduate school. Iowa does go above and beyond to make sure every student feels comfortable. An example of this is during my freshman and sophomore year there were times I was frustrated with the lack of diversity and representation at Iowa. However, when a group of students along with myself expressed our concerns they did take it seriously and we did start to see changes occur. Iowa also provides you with a lot of opportunities you, just make sure you take advantage of them. And as always Go Hawks!
    I just finished my freshman year at Iowa. I loved every second I was there. The classes challenge you but gives you the resources you need to be successful. All the professors have office hours which is really nice if you want more of a one on one with them. The game days are always a really fun experience and you meet a lot of fun people. There are always so many activities for students that the university has, as well as the Iowa City community too. Everybody is very nice and friendly and really do want to see the students do well. The dorms are really nice and fun to live in with really good RA's. I lived in Mayflower and even though it's the furthest from campus, there's a kitchen, and bathroom for every dorm. The dorms also have study areas and computers in them. I moved home for the summer but can't wait to move back and start school again. Go Hawks!