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The Class of 2016 makes the block-I formation on the field at Kinnick.

Greetings, Hawkeye parents!

On the UI campus, fall is in full swing and we are approaching midterm, which means that Family Weekend is right around the corner! Read on for the latest campus news, including Family Weekend details, our record enrollment this fall, and a new tutoring resource available to your student.


A message from the vice president for student life
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, discusses how the university is dedicated to making sure all students, including those with documented physical or cognitive disabilities, have the accommodations they need to succeed on campus. Link to message.

UI enrollment reaches record high
Total enrollment at the University of Iowa has reached a record high this fall, with 31,498 students attending, including 21,999 undergraduates, 4,470 of whom are first-year students. The incoming class is Iowa’s most diverse ever, with 16.2 percent identifying as minorities. Learn more on Iowa Now.

U.S. News ranks UI among best 30 public national universities
The University of Iowa ranks 28th among the nation’s best public universities, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Iowa’s rankings on Iowa Now.

Flu vaccine now available at Student Health
With colder weather comes flu season. Encourage your student to protect him- or herself against the virus by getting a seasonal flu vaccine. Students can visit Student Health anytime during business hours to get the injection or mist. There also will be three clinics across campus later in October. For more information, visit

Free webinar to help parents offer career guidance
The Pomerantz Career Center is hosting a free, half-hour webinar Oct. 16 designed to help parents assist students seeking jobs or internships. It will outline innovative strategies that career center staff use to assist students, and introduce tools designed especially for parents. Sign up to receive more information. You can learn more about the career center and connect with career-development resources at

Website offers central resource for academic assistance
Tutor Iowa, which launched this fall, offers a one-stop online directory for students seeking academic assistance and mentoring for their UI courses. The site allows students to search for free and private student tutoring services by course or subject, browse a list of campus help labs, and learn about workshops and counseling opportunities.

Political science department adds international relations major
UI undergraduates may now major (or minor) in international relations, earning a B.A. or B.S. degree. The curriculum for the new interdisciplinary program, housed in the Department of Political Science, will include classes in political science, economics, history, and geography. Read this Daily Iowan article to learn more.

More employers participating in UI job and career fair
Business may be in a hiring mood if the numbers at September’s UI fall job and internship fair are any indication. The fair, held at the Iowa Memorial Union on Sept. 20, had representatives from 140 employers collecting résumés and recruiting prospective new employees and interns from among the university’s undergraduate ranks. For more information about job fairs, visit the Pomerantz Career Center.

UI makes G.I. Job's Best Military Friendly Schools list
For the fourth year in a row, the University of Iowa made Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus. Criteria for making the list include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. Learn more on Iowa Now.

College of Education to tackle bullying
The Teacher Leader Center at the UI College of Education is inviting students and community members to participate in a year of programming aimed at reducing the prevalence of bullying among young adults. Workshops will focus on prevention, training, and healing. Read this Daily Iowan article to learn more.

Register now for Family Weekend
If you haven’t registered or reserved lodging for Family Weekend, do so now. This annual event, scheduled this year for Nov. 9–11, includes a magic/comedy show, a game day breakfast, and a UI version of Family Feud. It’s also a great way to connect with your student. Registration is $80 per family and includes three tickets to all events. The registration deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 26. For more details, see

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