Economic impact

$6 billion—approximate annual economic impact generated by the University of Iowa

$16 in economic impact for every $1 in state funding

About 52,000 Iowa jobs created by the UI

30 Iowa-based startup companies founded on faculty discoveries

$565.2 million (2015) in external funding supports thousands of jobs 

1,800 people are employed by companies in the University of Iowa Research Park

Community impact

The Carnegie Foundation selected the University of Iowa to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, based on its institutional focus on community engagement:

  • A wide variety of university-based service programs impact communities across the state
  • The university encourages students to explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work
  • A broad-based campus culture of community volunteerism  

Alumni impact

Top trainer of professionals across Iowa:

79% of the state’s dentists

50% of Iowa’s physicians

48% of Iowa’s pharmacists

Teachers and administrators in 100% of Iowa’s K-12 school districts

53% of recent grads' accepted job offers came from within Iowa (23% Illinois, 10% other Midwest states)

Student impact

$14.5 million raised by Dance Marathon, making it one of the nation's top 10 student fund-raisers

48,147 hours contributed in 2014 by student volunteers at UI Hospitals and Clinics 

UI fraternities and sororities donated over $523,000 to charitable organizations and provided over 47,000 hours of service to local non-profits during the 2013-14 year

Business impact

55 business consulting projects at 42 Iowa companies completed by faculty/student teams working with the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

15 startup teams comprised of 51 entrepreneurs trained through the UI Venture School in FY2014

85 startups funded through John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center competitions



See the university's outreach website for county-by-county data on UI connections