About the University of Iowa

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University of Iowa seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.


Student enrollment profile, fall 2017

Undergraduate  24,503
Graduate 5,816
Professional 1,847
Post-graduate 1,398
Total 33,564


Student Demographics

Ethnicity Count %
African American or Black 1,035 3.1%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 58 0.2%
Asian American 1,467 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino(a) 2,214 6.6%
International 3,407 10.2%
Multi-Racial 1,190 3.5%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 24 0.1%
Race and Ethnicity Not Identified 1,721 5.1%
White/Caucasian 22,448 66.9%



Tenure-track faculty 1,506
Clinical-track faculty 777
Postdoctoral and other faculty 761
Professional and scientific staff 10,154
Merit staff 4,490
Residents 838
Graduate assistants 2,282
Temporary 4,090
Total 24,918


And where have our students and faculty taken us?

  • #38 - U.S. News & World Report “Best Public Universities”
  • One of the top 250 universities in the world (Times Higher Education)
  • 1 of 62 members of the elite Association of American Universities (member since 1909)
  • #1 creative writing program in the U.S. (Poets & Writers magazine)
  • 14 consecutive years on the Fiske Guide to Colleges "Best Buy" list

For more rankings and facts, click here.