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The University of Iowa

4.2 out of 5 (25 ratings / 24 reviews) Iowa City, Iowa, United States
With just over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909. Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Computer Science & IT (4)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Education & Training (2)



The University of Iowa was founded on February 25, 1847, 59 days after Iowa became a state. The first faculty offered instruction at the university in March 1855 to students in the Old Mechanics Building, situated where Seashore Hall is now. In September 1855, the student body numbered 124, of which 41 were women.


  • 200 majors, minors, and certificate programs
  • Iowa offers more than 110 Graduate and Professional Degree programs.


Research Units

  • Collegiate Research
  • Centers and Institutes (campus-wide)
  • OVPR Units, Centers, and Core Facilities
  • Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL)
  • Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS)
  • Social Science Research Center
  • UI Research Foundation


Career Advising

  • Assistance with resume and cover letter writing and revising
  • Discussing job search strategies
  • Developing career goals and action plans
  • Considering graduate school or furthering education

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
435 -14
421 -28
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
159 -6
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The Student Disability Services (SDS) at the University of Iowa strives to ensure a fair learning environment where students are able to succeed based on their own efforts and initiative. Our staff aspires the UI be a learning facility where students are unhampered in their academic pursuits by disadvantages associated with their particular disability.

Housing services

  • Bloomington House

Bloomington House is located on the East Campus, 1/2 block from Daum Hall. Bloomington House features four bedroom apartments.

  • Centerstone

Centerstone is located on the East Campus, across the street from Burge Hall. Centerstone is apartment living for upperclass honor students.

  • Hillcrest Hall

Hillcrest Hall is the largest of the West Campus residence halls with over 800 occupants.

Library services

The University of Iowa Libraries is the largest library system in Iowa and 9th in materials expenditures among U.S. public research libraries (ARL FY10 data). The University’s Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, 5 branch libraries, and the Law Library contain more than 5 million volumes.

ICT services

ITS provides the Ethernet data networks that connect the campus community.

Medical services

Student Health & Wellness provides primary medical care for registered University of Iowa students--the same care you would receive from a healthcare provider in your hometown. We have physicians who are board certified in family medicine, physician assistants, psychiatrists and a gynecologist so that we can provide primary care for almost any health concern that may arise.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Intramural Sports

The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Program offers an extensive range of sport leagues, tournaments, and events for University of Iowa students, faculty and staff. Intramural Sports are designed for the competitive and experienced athlete, as well as those looking to participate in a fun activity or want to try a new sport.

Student clubs

With over 500 student organizations at the University of Iowa, it is helpful to recognize what type of organization you are interested in joining.


  • The University of Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Student Reviews

My life at Iowa
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Study in your own, that's the best way to study.

Iowa is Awesome
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I love the atmosphere of The University of Iowa, it has a unique balance of prominence on the arts, as well as the sciences. If you are looking to go to a big university without becoming "just a number", I highly recommend The University of Iowa.

Great Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have enjoyed my overall experience, but there are individual classes that I have taken that I wish were more organized. These classes did not seemed to be planned and the professors were not good at notifying us on assignments and syllabus changes.

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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