#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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Student Population
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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Located in Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa is a large four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 25,928 prospective students applied, and 21,404 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,986 enrolled in the school.  26,432 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,224 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $8,073 plus fees of $1,533. Iowa is ranked 196 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 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
Very High
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SAT 1130/1340
ACT 22/29
GPA 3.61
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Mar 1, 2021
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$1,533
Room and Board $11,400
Budget for Other Expenses$2,850
Total One Year Cost$24,806
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for University of Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$950
Other Fees$1,533
Room and Board $11,400
Budget for Other Expenses$2,850
Total One Year Cost$46,769

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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.

Current students may use the University of Iowa GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.