Rankings and Facts

Academics

  • #38 - U.S. News & World Report “Best Public Universities”
  • One of the top 200 universities in the world (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Ranked among the 100 "Most Innovative Universities" in the world (Reuters)
  • 1 of 62 members of the elite Association of American Universities
  • #1 creative writing program in the U.S. (Poets & Writers magazine)
  • 7 adult medical specialties and 4 pediatric specialties ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report
  • 13 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation
    • #1 Speech-Language Pathology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • #2 Audiology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • #2 Nursing Administration (College of Nursing)

    • #2 Physician Assistant (Carver College of Medicine)

    • #3 Rehabilitation Counseling (College of Education)

    • #3 Social Psychology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • #5 Printmaking (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • #6 Physical Therapy (Carver College of Medicine)

    • #7 Clinical Nurse Leader (College of Nursing)

    • #9 Nurse Practitioner: Adult/Gerontology, Acute Care

    • #10 Student Counseling and Personnel Services (College of Education)

    • #10 Anesthesia Nursing (College of Nursing)

    • #10 Health Care Management (College of Public Health)

Campus

  • 71,591 = the population of Iowa City, ranked the #5 college town in America (American Institute for Economic Research, 2017)
  • #4 - Best Places to Live (Livability.com)
  • #20 - Happiest Students (Princeton Review)
  • #13 - Most Loved by Students (Princeton Review)
  • Iowa City is one of 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, one of two in the U.S.
  • #3 best university recreation facility in the U.S. (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
  • The new Visual Arts Building: "Building of the Year" winner, Midwest region - The Architect's Newspaper
  • 500+ student organizations
  • 1,700-acre, bicycle friendly main campus with 18 major bus routes
  • More than 8,000 trees, with 300 more planted each year
  • 5 cultural and resource centers draw 28,000+ visits each year

Outcomes and Impact

  • 95% of graduates find a job or are accepted to graduate school within 6 months of graduation
  • 86% first-year retention rate
  • #14 - Best Career Services (Princeton Review)
  • Creates $16 in economic impact for every $1 in state funding
  • 4,100+ employers have hired Iowa graduates in the past 3 years
  • 14 consecutive years on the Fiske Guide to Colleges "Best Buy" list
  • $2.4 billion projected impact of UI research discoveries on Iowa’s economy by 2020
  • $554.1 million in external research funding in FY 2018
  • Top trainer of Iowa professionals:
    • 78% of Iowa's dentists
    • 53% of Iowa's physicians
    • 51% of Iowa's pharmacists
    • 82% of Iowa's advanced practice nurses
    • 77% of Iowa's physician assistants
    • K-12 teachers in 100% of Iowa's school districts
  • Iowa Dance Marathon, one of the largest student fundraising groups in the U.S., has raised $24,548,226.30 for pediatric cancer research