In 1855, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the country to admit women and men on an equal basis. 


Total undergraduate enrollment: 33,564

Total undergraduate areas of study: 200+

Student-faculty ratio: 16:1

Undergraduate areas of study:
• Education
- Art
- Elementary
- English
- Foreign Language and ESL
- Mathematics
- Music
- Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education

• Sports Studies (Coaching)

• Educational Psychology
• Human Relations

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To this day, the will to break down walls and challenge ideas continues to define what it means to be a Hawkeye. 

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 Hawkeyes get involved and gain crucial hands-on skills in their desired fields. 

History of leadership in education
The University of Iowa established the
first permanent, dedicated school of education in the country, training teachers for work in states across the US. The pioneering spirit that forged the College of Education has only grown over time, with the mission of educator training remaining at the core of its offerings.

Innovators in education have made their mark at Iowa. UI is the birthplace of standardized testing as we know it today. Scantron technology, Iowa standardized tests, and the ACT were all created by faculty from the UI College of Education. Iowa was also home to the world’s first educational television station, which aired its first programs in 1932.

Hands-on impact
Today there’s a University of Iowa Education graduate teaching in ev
ery county in Iowa, with more than 28,000 alumni in all 50 states and 78 countries. Offering everything from teacher certification programs to advanced PhD course work, UI has everything an aspiring educator needs to explore their dream career. The College of Education has also established itself as a leader in school counselor education, with its graduate program in the field ranked #10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

This continued, steady leadership in education is the result of UI’s unique blend of personalized student attention and the resources of a Big Ten institution. The College of Education’s student-faculty ratio is just 10:1, which means instructors are always available for one-on-one interaction with students. At the same time, UI’s prominence, reputation, and significant resources create powerful hands-on opportunities for students. Whether students are looking to get some time in the classroom or work with advanced educational technologies, UI can help them develop the skills they need to excel.