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 2019

Undergraduate  23,482
Graduate and Professional 9,053
Total  32,535


Student Demographics

Ethnicity Count %
African American or Black 948 3.0%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 61 0.1%
Asian American 1,466 4.5%
Hispanic or Latino(a) 2,301 7.1%
International 2,568 9.3%
Two or More Races 1,003 4.0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 20 0.1%
White or Unknown 22,663 72.3%

Employment, Fall 2019

Tenure-track faculty 1,474
Clinical-track faculty 845
Postdoctoral and other faculty 786
Professional and scientific staff 10,638
Merit staff 4,354
Residents 842
Graduate assistants 2,152
Temporary 3,668
Total 24,779


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.