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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+
108 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
About University of Iowa...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
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
83%
SAT Range
1120-1330
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$15,817/ 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
$7,832/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.203 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.203 responses

Majors

Health Sciences at Iowa

At Iowa, discovery is a hands-on job. We don’t just talk about trying to cure cancer or diabetes or blindness. We get in the lab and try new treatments. So whether you’re interested in medicine, pharmacy, biology, nursing, public health, neuroscience, or chemistry, there are countless ways to participate in direct, hands-on research at one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,690Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,299
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 144 responses
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  • Friendly
    35%
  • Unique
    22%
  • Average
    13%
  • Carefree
    11%
  • Foreign
    6%
  • 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.262 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.299 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 139 responses
Report
  • Pride
    32%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Opportunity
    13%
  • Parties
    10%
  • Large
    7%
  • Freedom
    7%
  • Prestiguous
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $51,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    73%
    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

    University of Iowa Reviews

    3,417 reviews
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    I have taken all my classes in person until the pandemic hit. At this time I was taking seven classes and while the transition was difficult, the professors were extremely helpful every step of the way! The professors continued to encourage learning and tried their very best to provide a high-quality education and I think they succeeded to the best of their abilities! The continuation of office hours, communication through emails, and academic resources such as tutoring and supplemental instruction were a huge part of my success in the Spring 2020 semester. I applaud Iowa for doing such a great job during the fast-changing times!
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    Iowa City is truly a magical place. It is home to the University of Iowa; a beautiful and welcoming campus. I am going into my junior year, and I am also an out of state student. I currently reside in Colorado, and it’s funny to say that I love Iowa City more than I like home! I have lived in Colorado for my whole life, so branching out and attending this university was such a bold move. My dad is an alumni and also had amazing memories there. My favorite time is football season, when everyone gathers together and shouts for our amazing team of players. I also love the decision of waving to the pediatric hospital children, so that they can feel the included in our Hawkeye family and be apart of the home games with us. I truly wouldn’t change my college decision, and I don’t regret it!
    As a freshman at the University of Iowa, I can say that I have already been enveloped into a welcoming and cultural community. I love the University of Iowa because it provides many opportunities for all of its students by providing hundreds of clubs, nice facilities, and programs that lead students in the right direction for their future. Not only is Iowa interested in creating a great academic life, they strive to make extracurricular activities a community ordeal. Game days never fail to fill the streets and stands with thousands of Hawkeye fans, making a Big 10 school feel like a smaller community. I will always be grateful that I chose the University of Iowa to study my major. Go Hawks!