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An environment that embraces differences in culture, background, and beliefs is one where every individual can achieve. That’s why The University of Iowa considers diversity an essential element of the educational experience.

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The University of Iowa continues a tradition of recruiting, shaping, and supporting diverse leaders and educators.

• Iowa was the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on an equal basis, to grant law degrees to a woman (Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson, 1873) and an African American (G. Alexander Clark, 1879), and to put an African American on a varsity athletic squad (Frank Kinney Holbrook, 1895).

• Today, Iowa awards more doctorates in mathematics to minorities than any school in the nation, and supports programs like Iowa Edge and the Iowa Biosciences Advantage to ensure that underrepresented students succeed at the University and beyond.

The University of Iowa helps students with diverse interests build connections with each other—and the world.

• More than 360 recognized student organizations let students pursue broad academic, cultural, political, social, and recreational activities and issues.

• Nearly 2,300 international students and scholars representing more than 100 nations come to study at The University of Iowa every year.

• Each year, more than 800 UI students study abroad in over 40 countries, and programs like the International Studies major let students develop their understanding of global issues and world regions.

The University of Iowa offers students countless choices for learning, leadership, and growth.

• More than 100 undergraduate degree programs, 107 areas of graduate study, and seven professional degree programs—many of them nationally ranked—provide a spectrum of academic options.

• Research, internships, service learning, and other opportunities provide real-life experience beyond the classroom.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Center for Diversity and Enrichment
International Programs
The Iowa Promise strategic plan
Iowa diversity facts



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