In 1855, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the country to admit women and men on an equal basis. To this day, the will to break down barriers and challenge ideas continues to define what it means to be a Hawkeye. 


By the numbers

33,334 total enrollment
24,476 undergraduates
16:1 student-faculty ratio
78% of classes with fewer than 30 students

The University of Iowa provides an engaging, interdisciplinary learning environment that encourages exploration, critical thinking, and creativity. Expert faculty members work alongside undergraduates on projects and research, helping Hawk-eyes gain crucial hands-on skills in their desired fields.

Home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop and oneof the most highly acclaimed academic hospitals in the country, Iowa stands at the forefront of classic liberal arts institutions. 

Create something new
The University of Iowa is known worldwide for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the #1 Creative Writing program in the country. The Workshop is just one part of a rich tradition of artistry at Iowa that celebrates every form of creativity. Accomplished performers and creators from around the globe come to Iowa as instructors, meaning students can work alongside inspiring masters of their craft.

Find your home
Iowa City, home of the Hawkeyes, is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the United States. And it doesn’t take long to see why. Hundreds of local shops, cafés, music venues, and parks weave together with the campus to create a truly unique, vibrant, active city. Street festivals, public performances, and shows at the world-class Hancher Auditorium also bring an unshakeable energy to town.

Chase new frontiers
Hawkeyes don’t just hit the books—they roll up their sleeves and get to work, helping UI researchers as they make life-changing discoveries. In fact, nearly one in three undergraduate students at Iowa is involved in pioneering research. As a result, Hawkeyes finish their degrees with hands-on skills, armed with experiences that will help set them apart as they pursue their goals.

Advance human health
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 27 consecutive years. But Iowa’s health care facilities are far more than an amazing resource for patients. They provide a place for students to learn and work on the cutting edge of medicine. As undergraduates, students interact with patients, contribute to the pioneering research being done at Iowa’s health care facilities, and gain invaluable practical knowledge.