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University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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University of Iowa overview
Location Iowa City, Iowa
Online uiowa.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
University of Iowa overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Iowa, established in 1847, is a public institution that resides in Iowa City, approximately 115 miles east of Des Moines. The campus is characterized by a blend of historic and contemporary architecture, with Pentacrest at its heart, housing the Old Capitol building and four major academic buildings. Known for its comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, the university is particularly distinguished for its writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa embraces a less selective admissions process, offering various residential housing options to accommodate its students. While academics are a focal point, the university also boasts a strong athletic presence, with its teams, known as the Hawkeyes, competing in the Big Ten Conference, especially noted in wrestling, football, and basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 25,729 prospective students applied, and 22,128 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 5,178 enrolled in the school.  25,306 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 4,709 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,711 plus fees of $1,642. Iowa is ranked 224 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Iowa is rated within the top 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Iowa overview
SAT 1130/1340
ACT 22/28
GPA 3.81

Applications Accepted

University of Iowa overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Iowa Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$950
Other Fees$1,642
Room and Board $11,476
Budget for Other Expenses$4,104
Total One Year Cost$26,883

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$950
Other Fees$1,642
Room and Board $11,476
Budget for Other Expenses$4,104
Total One Year Cost$48,846

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$59,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

71% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Iowa students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Social Sciences 9%
Health Professions 9%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 8%
Communication 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153658 IPEDS survey data for University of Iowa.

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Last updated February 24, 2024