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University of Iowa is a public university in Iowa City, considered to be one of the most dynamic colleges in the country, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.  The university offers more than 100 areas of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school also offers professional degrees. Its graduate programs in creative writing, audiology, nursing service administration, and speech-language pathology rank very high.

The University of Iowa, commonly known simply as "Iowa," has a well-respected faculty, and offers small class sizes, research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates, honors courses, special programs for transfer students, and discussion sessions to help first-year students.  Alumni include many notable figures, including inventors, distinguished researchers, doctors, CEOs, musicians, performers, athletes, politicians, and most notably, writers.  The Writer's Workshop of University of Iowa, founded in 1936, has produced 13 Pulitzer Prize winners since 1947.

History

The university was founded in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, a mere 59 days after Iowa became a state. Faculty did not offer instruction until 1855, and became the first public university to offer higher education equally to both men and women.  The first class of 124 students included 41 women.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Iowa includes four academic sessions during the school year: fall, winter, spring and summer.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Tippie College of Business
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate College
  • College of Law
  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • University College

Student Life

Students seeking involvement opportunities at University of Iowa have more than 450 student organizations to choose from.  There are also opportunities to attend a lecture by a visiting scholar, join a study group or a discussion group with an instructor.  There are many things to do on campus and also off-campus in Iowa City, including arts and entertainment, shopping, nightlife, sports and recreation.

There are 10 residence halls on campus, as well as university apartments for students with families.  Several of the fraternities and sororities near campus also offer housing.

Traditions

The University of Iowa school colors are black and gold.

Athletics

The "Hawkeye" athletics teams at the University of Iowa compete in more than 20 intercollegiate sports, with top teams in field hockey, wrestling and football.  The Dance Team and cheerleading are also very popular.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The Iowa River flows through the University of Iowa's main campus in Iowa City, splitting it into west and east sides.  The university has one satellite campus in nearby Coralville, which is called Oakdale Campus.  Oakdale is home to many of the university's research facilities.

Community Life

The University of Iowa combines the benefits of a large, top-ranked school with the benefits of small-town life.  The "pedestrian mall" of the city offers many restaurants and bars, boutiques and shopping venues, museums and galleries, and there are plenty of recreational activities in the area.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates UI accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to University of Iowa.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English22 - 28
ACT ® Math23 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score23 - 28

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UI

The table below lists the chances of getting into University of Iowa.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants18,939
Granted Admissions15,105 (80%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled4,565 (30%)

Student Enrollment

University of Iowa has a total student population of about 30,000, with undergraduate students making up about 72% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $6,700-$8,000
    • Out-of-State: $25,000-$29,880
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $340-$400 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $1,100-$1,300 per unit
  • The average estimated cost for on campus dorms & meals is listed to be around $11,000, the cost includes twenty meals per week

A variety professional schools of study are operated by UI. These schools may have varying tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Dental School (Tuition: $35,000/yr)
  • Medical School (Tuition: $32,000/yr)
  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $21,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $26,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid81%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships64%$7,341
Receiving Student Loans51%$5,428

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Iowa may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

University of Iowa has a high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years47%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Dental Public Health Program
  • Endodontics Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Iowa is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Ten Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Ten Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Big Ten Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Psychology

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Nursing (B)
  • Medicine (D)
  • Nursing Science (D, M)
  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Dentistry (D)
  • Public Health (C, M)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B, D, M)
  • Radiologic Technology (B)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Physician Assistant (C, M)
  • Radiology Technician (C)
  • Health Services Administration (D, M)
  • Athletic Training (B)
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration (D, M)
  • Ultrasound Technician (C)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (B, C)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (C, M)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (C, M)
  • Environmental Health (D, M)
  • Medical Scientist (M)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (B)
  • Orthodontics, Orthodontology (C, M)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (C)
  • Pediatric Dentistry, Pedodontics (C)
  • Endodontics, Endodontology (C)
  • Advanced Dentistry and Oral Sciences (D, M)
  • Dental Public Health and Education (M)
  • Cardiovascular Technology (C)
  • Perfusion Technology (C)
  • Prosthodontics, Prosthodontology (C)
  • Periodontics, Periodontology (C)
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine (M)
  • Oral Biology and Oral Pathology (M)
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
  • Music Therapy
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Clinical, Hospital and Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Economics
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Family Practice Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse
  • Nursing Administration
  • Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery

Communications and Journalism

English Language and Literature

Legal Professions and Studies

Social Sciences

Education

  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Education (D, M)
  • Educational Assessment, Testing and Measurement (D, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (D, M)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (C)
  • Science Teacher Education (B, D, M)
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher and Professional Development
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B, D, M)
  • Biochemistry (B, D, M)
  • Microbiology (B, D, M)
  • Genetics (D)
  • Epidemiology (C, D, M)
  • Immunology (D)
  • Biostatistics (D, M)
  • Molecular Biology (D)
  • Pharmacology (D)
  • Physiology (D)
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology (D)
  • Radiation Biology, Radiobiology (D)
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy (D)
  • Human Genetics (D)
  • Toxicology (D)
  • Biomedical Science
  • Botany

Recreation and Fitness Studies

History

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Film Studies (B, D, M)
  • Music (B, D, M)
  • Drama (B, M)
  • Dance (B, M)
  • Art History (B, D, M)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (B, C)
  • Cinematography And Film (M)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Film, Video and Photographic Arts

Public Administration and Social Services

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B, M)
  • Museum Studies (C)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, C, D, M)
  • Sustainability Studies (C)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (C)
  • Ancient Civilization Studies (B)
  • Gerontology (C)
  • Intercultural, Multicultural and Diversity Studies (C)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • Holocaust and Related Studies
  • Nutrition

Engineering

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Linguistics (B, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Sign Language (C)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, C, D)
  • Linguistic and Comparative Language Studies and Services (D)
  • German Language and Literature (B, D)
  • Comparative Literature (D, M)
  • Language Interpretation and Translation (M)
  • Italian Language and Literature (B)
  • Russian Language and Literature (B)
  • Portuguese Language and Literature (B)
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Ancient Greek Language and Literature

Library Science

  • Library Science, Librarianship (M)

Mathematics and Statistics

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B, D, M)
  • Information Science Studies (B)

Physical Sciences

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • United States Studies (B, D, M)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • Womens Studies (B, D)
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority and Gender Studies (C)
  • African-American Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (C)
  • Native American Studies (C)
  • Disability Studies
  • African Studies

Architecture

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections

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