Ranked among the top 35 public universities in the US, the University of Iowa provides a learning experience like no other. Between the energy of Hawkeye sports and leading programs in the arts, health care, engineering, business, and physics, there’s something for everyone at Iowa. 


The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s best places to live. The state parks and rolling hills that form Iowa’s landscape are a beautiful backdrop for Iowa City’s vibrant community.


Type of SCHOOL: Public university and major research institution, one of 34 public members of the elite Association of American Universities (AAU), and a Public Ivy


Size of Campus: 1,900+ acres


Number of Students: 33,334


Number of Faculty: Student-faculty ratio of 16:1


Colleges, programs, and degrees: 11 colleges offering more than 200 majors, minors, and certificates

Carver College of Medicine
College of Dentistry
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Law
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health
Tippie College of Business
Graduate College
Continuing Education
University College

Geographic Diversity: Students representing all 50 states and 114 countries


International Student Services: Pre-arrival assistance, orientation, cultural adjustment activities, and immigration



International Student Budget:
Tuition and fees: $30,833
Living expenses: $9,500 (estimated)
Books and supplies: $950 (estimated)


Financial Aid: Qualified applicants admitted by February 1 will be considered for scholarships ranging from $500–$10,000 per year.


Test Score Requirements: Non–native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency by providing one of the following minimums:
TOEFL: 80, with at least 17 on all subscores
IELTS: 6.5, with at least 6.0 on all band scores
ACT: English section score of 21
SAT: Reading test section score of 29


Application Deadlines and Fees:
March 1 for fall (August) semester
October 1 for spring (January) semester
$80 application fee

Living in Iowa City

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, ranked among the top five college towns in the US by the American Institute for Economic Research. Offering the energy of a major city with the friendliness and safety of a close-knit community, Iowa City is a perfect place to study and grow. 

Iowa’s campus is woven throughout downtown Iowa City, with everything you need just a short walk from residence halls and classrooms alike. Easily accessible bus routes make it simple to get around campus. And, as one of the most bike-friendly communities in America, Iowa City is a perfect place for cyclists. 

Shopping, live music, street festivals, local theaters, galleries, excellent restaurants, parks, the beautiful Iowa River, and Big Ten athletics—it all comes together to make Iowa City an amazing place to live.

Hands-on education
Every day, innovative leaders and researchers at Iowa are making discoveries and pushing new boundaries. From finding a cure for diabetes to working with NASA to explore space, students and faculty at Iowa are making a mark on the world. That means as an Iowa student you’ll gain direct, hands-on experience in your field—and much more. You’ll work alongside renowned experts in whatever you choose to study. With a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, your professors will always be available to help you succeed.

The University of Iowa is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world and is a member of the American Association of Universities, an elite group of 62 schools. Graduates have gone on to design new technologies, start businesses, provide excellent health care, explore the far reaches of space, and create stunning works of art. Beyond that, 95% of Iowa graduates find jobs or are admitted to graduate school within six months of earning their degree.

Being a Hawkeye
The University of Iowa has more than 500 student organizations on campus dedicated to everything from sports and hobbies to charity work. These clubs and groups are an excellent way to make connections and find your place on campus. And Iowa has one of the largest international communities in the US, with over 100 nationalities represented on campus. 

Looking to get active? The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) offers 24/7 access to top-of-the-line athletic equipment, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a climbing wall, and other great resources. The CRWC has even been ranked the third-best campus recreation center in the nation.

Supporting success
Whether you’re looking for tutoring, career advice, academic or personal counseling, help finding a student organization that suits you, or one-on-one interaction with professors, you can find what you need to excel at Iowa. Our community provides numerous resources to help you feel at home on campus and reach your full potential. International students have the support of several student organizations and our dedicated International Student and Scholar Services office. That’s what it means to be part of the Hawkeye family.