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The University of Iowa is a public research university founded in 1847, one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. University of Iowa is well known for its medical center as well as Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Key Facts


  • #93 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #36 in Business Programs
  • #47 in Top Public Schools
  • #110 in Best Value Schools
  • #74 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1847

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  •  21,973

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 6,156

Student-faculty ratio

  • 15:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 86% 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1130 and 1350 / ACT 22-29 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.82

International student population

  • 2.6%

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 93% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $49,600 

Popular majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; Engineering; Communication, Journalism 

Tuition and Room & Board

  •  $32,316 / $11,476


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Tippie College of Business, Graduate College, University College.

  • More than 562 student organizations and clubs
  • Undergraduate majors, minors and certificates in more than 200 study areas 
  • Over 100 areas of study for graduate-level programs
  • Famous alumni include John Irving, novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, well-known for the international success of his book The World According to Garp in 1978; Ashton Kutcher, actor, producer and entrepreneur who starred in TV shows and movies such as That ‘70s Show, Two and a Half Men, and Butterfly Effect 
Kings alumni at University of Iowa

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