Home of the world-renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop, the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and one of America's best hospitals, the University of Iowa is a comprehensive public university committed to high-quality teaching, research, and service.
Founded in 1847 as the state's first public institution of higher learning, the university enrolls more than 30,000 students and offers a number of top-ranking programs. Our 1,700-acre campus is located in Iowa City, Iowa—designated by UNESCO as a World City of Literature.
- Founded: February 25, 1847—Iowa's first public institution of higher learning
- A comprehensive public university with a long-standing commitment to teaching, research and service
- World's first university to accept creative work in theatre, writing, music and art on an equal basis with traditional academic research
- First U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis when its doors opened to students in 1855
- Home of the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and one of “America’s Best Hospitals”
- We educate many of the state's professionals:
- 79% of Iowa's dentists
- 50% of Iowa's physicians
- 48% of Iowa's pharmacists
- Teachers and administrators in all of Iowa's K-12 school districts
- Semester system
- More than 100 areas of study; 7 professional degrees (MD, JD, MBA, LLM, PharmD, MNHP, and DDS). Undergraduate majors; Graduate/Professional majors.
- Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
- Study abroad, for-credit internships, research with faculty scholars, innovative programs for honors work
- Iowa offers special first-year courses and programming to encourage student success
Athletics and Recreation
- Big Ten sports, with 12 varsity teams for women and 10 for men
- NCAA Division 1A
- Extensive intramural sports opportunities
- New Campus Recreation and Wellness Center opened in 2010.
- The Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex includes eight indoor and 12 outdoor courts. It is also home to Fitness West and an outdoor equipment rental center.
- Macbride Nature Recreation Area provides extensive trail system for cross-country skiing and hiking.
Budget for FY 2012-13
- The university’s budgeted revenues and expenses for FY13 are $3.167 billion.
- Pie charts for FY 2012-13
- FY 2012-13 budget narrative
- FY 2012-13 budget spreadsheet
- The Daily Iowan newspaper and DITV news broadcasts
- Student-run radio station KRUI-FM
- Iowa Now, the university's official news source
- University News Services
- UITV, a campus cable network providing service to Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding communities
- Iowa Public Radio
- 26 easily accessible Instructional Technology Centers located across campus with over 1,000 free computer stations
- Wireless networking is available at over 60 campus locations
- Free e-mail and public places to check e-mail
- High-speed Ethernet ports are available for each student in the dorms
- Size of campus: 1,700 acres
- Number of major buildings: 129
- Commercial air service at the Eastern Iowa Airport, 15 miles from campus
- Campus maps
- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 23rd year in a row — U.S. News & World Report, 2012-13 News release
- Comprised of the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, five branch libraries, and an independent Law Library.
- More than five million bound volumes; Iowa's largest library
- Includes more than 200,000 rare books and 500 historical manuscript collections, including the Iowa Women's Archives, the Szathmary culinary arts collections, and works of Walt Whitman
- More than 11,000 electronic journals licensed for use
Museums on campus
- Museum of Art
- Museum of Natural History
- Old Capitol Museum
- Medical Museum
- Athletic Hall of Fame and Museum
- Project Art (University Hospitals and Clinics)
Enrollment, Fall 2012
- Enrollment: 31,498
- Undergraduate students: 21,999
- First-year students: 4,470
- International students comprise 8.9 percent of the Class of 2016.
- 16.2 percent of first-year students identify as minorities.
Faculty and Staff
- Tenured and tenure-track faculty: 1658
- Cinical-track faculty: 638
- Professional and scientific staff: 8,477
- General service staff :4,827
Our faculty includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, three former clerks to U.S. Supreme Court justices, two National Medal of Science winners, and four Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Many Iowa faculty are members of the nation’s most prestigious scholarly academies:
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences (11)
- American Academy of Nursing (15)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (29)
- Institute of Medicine (18)
- National Academy of Engineering (1)
- National Academy of Sciences (4)
- School colors: Black and old gold
- School nickname: Hawkeyes
- Mascot: Herky the Hawk
- School songs: On Iowa; Iowa Fight Song; Roll Along, Iowa
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Academic Year 2012-13
- Undergraduate tuition and fees for Iowa residents*: $8,057
- Undergraduate tuition and fees for nonresidents*: $26,279
- Room and board fees (average for 9-month academic year): $9,170
*Tuition and fees vary by college. The figures above are based on a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences taking 12 or more semester hours. For more information, see the Office of the Registrar.