Rankings

Academics

One of the top 30 public institutions in the country (U.S. News & World Report, 2014 edition)

#1 writing programs in fiction and poetry (Iowa Writers' Workshop) and nonfiction (Poets & Writers)

6th best college in the nation for military veterans (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)

25 graduate programs ranked among the top 25 of their kind (U.S. News and World Report, 2015):

#1 Speech-Language Pathology—Master’s (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#2 Audiology—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#2 Nurse Practitioner—Gerontology/Geriatrics (College of Nursing)

#2 Nursing Service Administration (College of Nursing)

#2 Physician Assistant—Master’s (Carver College of Medicine)

#2 Rehabilitation Counseling—Master’s/Doctorate (College of Education)

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

#4 Printmaking (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#5 Physical Therapy—Master’s/Doctorate (Carver College of Medicine)

#8 Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#9 Otolaryngology (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#11 Anesthesia Nursing (College of Nursing)

#11 College of Nursing—Master’s (College of Nursing)

#11 Rural Medicine (Carver College of Medicine)

#12 Nurse Practitioner—Pediatrics (College of Nursing)

#14 Health Care Management (College of Public Health)

#15 Gynecology (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#15 Higher Education Administration (College of Education)

#16 Painting and Drawing—Master’s (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#16 Primary Care (Carver College of Medicine)

#16 Public Health—Master’s (College of Public Health)

#17 Pharmacy—Pharm.D. (College of Pharmacy)

#18 Clinical Psychology—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#18 Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#18 Secondary Teacher Education—Master’s/Doctorate (College of Education)

#21 Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering)

#22 Art and Design—M.F.A. (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#27 Cancer (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#27 College of Law

#29 Carver College of Medicine—Research

#30 Psychology—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#31 Part-time M.B.A. (Tippie College of Business)

#32 English—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#32 Political Science—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#33 Library and Information Studies—Master’s (Graduate College)

#33 Neurology and Neurosurgery (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#33 Urology (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#34 Statistics—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#35 Sociology—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#38 Industrial Engineering (College of Engineering)

#40 Economics—Doctorate (Tippie College of Business)

#40 Nephrology (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#41 Civil Engineering (College of Engineering)

#42 Biostatistics—Doctorate (College of Public Health)

#42 History—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#44 Social Work—Master’s (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#45 Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering)

#48 Cardiology and Heart Surgery  (UI Hospitals and Clinics)

#48 College of Education

#49 Computer Engineering (College of Engineering)

#51 Full-Time M.B.A. (Tippie College of Business)

#52 Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering)

#55 Biology—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#56 Mathematics—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#57 Chemical Engineering (College of Engineering)

#58 Electrical Engineering (College of Engineering)

#60 Chemistry—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#60 Physics—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#62 College of Engineering

#63 Computer Science—Doctorate (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

#77 Earth Sciences (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

 

Health Care

23 years on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Hospitals” (2013)

9 medical specialties among the top 50 in their fields by U.S. News & World Report (2014)

8 pediatric specialties ranked among the top 50 in their fields on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2014)

 

Location

70,000 population of Iowa City, ranked among the top four college towns in America (American Institute for Economic Research, 2014)

#6 on livability.com list of top college towns (2013)

#4 "brainiest" city in America (The Atlantic, 2013)

#4 on Lumosity's Smartest Cities in America list (2013)

A top literary city according to Highbrow Magazine (2014)

One of 100 Top Small Cities on CNN/Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" list (2012)

#47 on livability.com list of best places for 2014

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