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. 



Total enrollment, Fall 2020



middle 50% range of ACT scores



Median GPA, Class of 2024

Enrollment profile, Fall 2020

Type of student Enrollment
Undergraduate 22,405
Graduate 6,170
Preprofessional (Doctorate) 1,873
Post-graduate training 1,282
Total 31,730

U.S. News & World Report rankings


Best Public Universities

Top 200

Best Global Universities


graduate programs ranked among the nation's top 10


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


18.3 %

first-generation students


1 st

public school to admit men and women on an equal basis


1 st

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

Enrollment by race/ethnicity, Fall 2020

Race/ethnicity Enrollment count % of total
African American or Black 971 3.1%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 54 0.2%
Asian American 1,519 4.8%
Hispanic or Latinx 2,349 7.4%
International 2,103 7.8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 20 0.1%
Two or more races 1,029 3.2%
White (Non-Hispanic) or Unknown Race 23,685 74.6%
Total 31,730  


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