A Top-Ranked University
Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a comprehensive public university that consistently ranks among the nation's best public universities in terms of its commitment to teaching, research, and service. Since 1909, The University has been approved to hold membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU). AAU members are an elite group of the leading public and private research universities in the US and Canada, focused on funding for research, policy issues, and emphasis on undergraduate and graduate education.
US News & World Report ranks The University of Iowa as the 34th best among the nation’s 629 public universities and #82 among all 2,474 American four-year universities (US News & World Report, 2016). There are 25 graduate programs ranked among the top 25 of their kind in the country among all public and private schools- U.S. News & World Report (2016 edition). The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for the 25years in a row — U.S. News & World Report, 2014. Set in Iowa City, Iowa, The University of Iowa is designated by UNESCO as the worlds' third City of Literature and the only city of literature in the United States. The University is home to the #1 ranked undergraduate creative writing program and the world-renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
The University is located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in Southeast Iowa along the banks of the Iowa River. One of the highlights of the campus is ‘The Pentacrest’, a popular place for students to sit, study, and socialize. Walking trails and benches are positioned throughout the campus, especially on the banks of the Iowa River.
The University was voted as one of the 10 friendliest campuses in the US, by the The Insider's Guide to the Colleges. The guide added that Iowa offers its students "a picturesque campus, a thriving social scene, and the excitement of Big Ten athletic teams.”
The University of Iowa has committed professors who are leading experts in their fields. The faculty members care about their students and make time for individual instruction and mentoring.
The University attracts students from more than 100 countries. The total student enrollment in the fall of 2014 included 22,354 undergraduate students, 7,616 graduate and professional students, plus over 4,000 internationals students enrolled from over 100 different countries.
The University is one of two Midwestern public universities rated a "best buy" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges
. The University of Iowa offers several scholarships to outstanding international first-year and transfer students.
Renowned Academic Programs
The University of Iowa provides a lot of course variety and flexibility. It offers more than 200 areas of undergraduate study. Twenty-five UI programs are ranked among the top 25 such programs in the country in the latest graduate program rankings by US News & World Report.
The University is well-equipped with learning resources like computer equipment, extensive library collections, multimedia equipment, video editing suites and audio-visual facilities. The instructional services at the University are technology driven. The campus has plenty of centers to support its academia. The prominent support centers at the university are the Academic Advising Center, the Writing Center, the Center for Media Production, the Stead Advanced Learning Technologies Center and the Center for Teaching.
The University of Iowa Libraries is the largest library system in Iowa and 18th in collection size among U.S. research libraries. The Main Library has the largest computer center on campus, with more than 200 workstations. The main library houses more than 5 million volumes of learning resources and can accommodate about 2,000 people. Students can also benefit from the SmartSearch searches for print and online books and journals, articles, library web pages, digital collections, and more simultaneously plus 5 specialized branch libraries for art, sciences, business, engineering and music.