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 2018

Undergraduate  23,989
Graduate and Professional 8,959
Total  32,948


Student Demographics

Ethnicity Count %
African American or Black 974 3.0%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 57 0.2%
Asian American 1,452 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino(a) 2,256 6.8%
International 3,056 9.3%
Two or More Races 1,309 4.0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 24 0.1%
White or Unknown 23,820 72.3%


Tenure-track faculty 1,490
Clinical-track faculty 811
Postdoctoral and other faculty 799
Professional and scientific staff 10,355
Merit staff 4,392
Residents 831
Graduate assistants 2,215
Temporary 3,806
Total 24,717


And where have our students and faculty taken us?

  • #34 - U.S. News & World Report “Best Public Universities”
  • One of the top 200 universities in the world (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 1 of 62 members of the elite Association of American Universities (member since 1909)
  • 15 consecutive years on the Fiske Guide to Colleges "Best Buy" list

For more rankings and facts, click here.