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About Iowa

The University of Iowa is one of America's premier public research universities.

Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, the University of Iowa is home to one of the most acclaimed academic medical centers in the country, as well as globally recognized leadership in the study and craft of writing. Iowa is known for excellence in both the arts and sciences, offering world-class undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs in a wide variety of fields. 

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32,535

Total enrollment, Fall 2019

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22-29

middle 50% range of ACT scores

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3.63

Median GPA


Enrollment profile, Fall 2019

Type of student Enrollment
Undergraduate 23,482
Graduate 5,900
Preprofessional (Doctorate) 1,858
Post-graduate training 1,295
Total 32,535

U.S. News & World Report rankings

#34

Best Public Universities

Top 200

Best Global Universities

12

graduate programs ranked among the nation's top 10

29

consecutive years ranked as one of the best academic hospitals in the U.S.

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18.3 %

first-generation students

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1 st

public school to admit men and women on an equal basis

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1 st

school to officially endorse an LGBT student group (in 1970)


Enrollment by race/ethnicity, Fall 2019

Race/ethnicity Enrollment count % of total
African American or Black 948 3.0%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 61 0.2%
Asian American 1,466 4.5%
Hispanic or Latinx 2,301 7.1%
International 2,568 7.8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 20 0.1%
Two or more races 1,003 3.1%
White (Non-Hispanic) or Unknown Race 24,168 74.2%
Total 32,535  

Administration

For more information on University of Iowa leadership, governance, and strategic vision, visit the Office of the President's website.

Employment profile

Employee Area Count
Faculty 3,115
Professional and Scientific 7,453
SEIU/Healthcare Professionals 3,449
Merit 4,302
Residents 834
Graduate Assistants 2,141
Temporary 3,973
Institutional Officer 20
Total 25,287