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The University of Iowa


The University of Iowa (UI), located in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, is a major national research university and known for its achievements in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Many of the UI programs rank among the America's best. It is Home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop!

With excellent public schools, culturally active and good neighborhoods, a highly educated population and rich natural endowments of state parks and the Iowa River mean the Iowa City itself is a great location, you can find often in “best-place-to-live” listings in national magazines!

UI is spread over a 1,900-acre campus by the Iowa River consisting of 11 colleges and housed in some 125 major buildings. The university boasts of a million plus visitors annually whose purposes vary from cultural and sports events to exhibitions, conferences and other educational programs.

Colleges and Courses

The following are major colleges in the University of Iowa:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Iowa’s largest college
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Law: One of the top 25 law schools in America.
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health

Graduate College: Offers all PhDs and most of the master’s degrees at UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine: One of the top 10 public medicine and biomedical research schools in America.

In all, they offers over 100 undergraduate majors, seven professional degrees (DDS, JD, LLM, MBA, MD, MNHP and PharmD,) as well as 107 disciplines for graduate students. It also offers several innovative research programs for honors work. Successful Iowa graduates in the top 50% of their class were being given guaranteed admission in UI.

Most Popular

Going by the popularity yardstick for the worth of programs offered, as per the enrollment statistics of the Office of the Registrar, UI for the Fall, 2006 admissions, the following are the notable courses:

  • Top ten Undergraduate Majors:
  • Business (1,647 students)
  • Engineering (1,264 students)
  • Psychology (1,176)
  • Communication Studies (935)
  • English (825)
  • Biology (657)
  • Political Science (556)
  • Art & Art History (489)
  • Nursing (479)
  • History (446)
  • Top ten Graduate Majors
  • Education (620 students)
  • Engineering (349)
  • Public Health (289)
  • Social Work (224)
  • Music (202)
  • Nursing (205)
  • Business (non-MBA) (146)
  • Chemistry (140)
  • Physical Therapy (122)
  • English (113)

Besidesthese, Continuing Education courses, workshops, courses for retired employees and Youth and Pre-College Programs on weekend and summer camps focusing on a variety of disciplines including those for even 5 year old children are also on offered.

The following are programs which came in nation’s top ten among both public and private institutions:

  1. 1 Creative Writing
  2. 1 Nursing Service Administration
  3. 1 Speech-Language Pathology — Masters
  4. 2 Audiology — Masters, Ph.D.
  5. 2 Nurse Practitioner — Gerontological/Geriatrics
  6. 2 Otolaryngology (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
  7. 2 Physicians Assistant Program — Masters
  8. 2 Printmaking
  9. 3 Social Psychology ( Department of Sociology)
  10. 3 Rehabilitation Counseling (College of Education)
  11. 4 Rural Medicine (Carver College of Medicine)
  12. 5 Physical Therapy — Master's and Ph.D. (Carver College of Medicine)
  13. 6 Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
  14. 7 Orthopaedic Surgery (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
  15. 8 College of Nursing — Master's Program
  16. 8 Paleontology — Ph.D. (Department of Geology)
  17. 8 Plasma Physics (Department of Physics and Astronomy)

Student Body

The annual students intake is over 29,000 of which some 64 % come from Iowa itself, 21 % from neighboring states, 8 % from the other states and 7 % make up International students from over a hundred countries. It also comprises a 9% minority students of Native American, African American, Asian and Latino students.


There is a rich faculty of some 1,700 members with an impressive student / faculty ratio of 15:1.

UI faculty includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, four former U.S. Supreme Court justices, two National Medal of Science winners, four Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators and many faculty serve in the nation’s most prestigious academies like American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering etc.


A total of Ten residence halls are available with an aggregate capacity of 5,600 students. Off-campus living is also permitted. Check website for latest details.

Library and Information Systems

UI Library network has over 4 million bound volumes, including more than 200,000 rare books, 500 historical manuscript collections and 11,000 licensed electronic journals, making it the Iowa's largest library and ranks 18th nationally in public research universities. Its Law Library worth special mention being #2 in America.

UI’s computing environment include 26 of what they call as Instructional Technology Centers with over 1,000 free computer terminals and wifi at some 40 locations, public places to check e-mail, high-speed net connectivity for each student in the dorms and the like.


Ui annually conducts the ‘Big Ten sports’, has 12 varsity teams for women and 10 for men. Ui has extensive sports opportunities and infrastructure swimming pool, athletic tracks, weight training equipment, tennis, racquetball courts etc.

Kinnick Stadium with a capacity of 70,585 for football and Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with capacity of 15,500, for other sports are major stadia.

Health Care

Patients and students alike benefit from the Vibrant Health Infrastructure and facilities at UI, including the Children’s Hospital of Iowa and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The UI Health Centre is one of the “Best Hospitals in America” for the 17th year in a row as per U.S. News & World Report, 2006. It caters for a stunningly over 200 health care specialties.

Press and Media

University of has three radio stations WSUI-AM, KSUI-FM and KRUI-FM; the latter being run by students! The university press runs Daily Iowan newspaper. UI also has DITV for news broadcasts and UITV, its campus cable network caters across Iowa City, the Cedar Rapids and neighbourhoods.


UI is established in February 25, 1847 as Iowa's first public institution of higher learning, immediately after Iowa became a state. The first classes commenced in March 1855 to 124 students including 41 women. The 10 acres site of what is now called Old Capitol formed the original campus. This building became the first capitol of the State of Iowa on December 28, 1846, till the capitol of Iowa was moved to Des Moines in 1857. Afterwards, Old Capitol became the first permanent "home" of the University.

High Points

  • The greatest first of University of Iowa came when it admitted men and women on an equal basis for the first time among the U.S. public universities.

UI is also the first in America to award advanced degrees based on creative work in writing and fine arts like theater, music, art etc., on par with academic research.

  • UI established the first law school and the first educational radio station in America to the west of the Mississippi!
  • Known for its continuing educational experiment, UI broadcast the world's first educational television programs.
  • UI is home to the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
  • UI is also home to the Nation’s most Advanced Driving Simulator.
  • Its teaching hospital is ranked among the “America’s Best Hospitals”.
  • UI educates most of the Iowa's dentists, almost half of Iowa's physicians and pharmacists and many of the Iowa's BSN nurses and teachers.
  • The first public U.S. university to grant a law degree to a woman
  • Home to the nation's first female college newspaper editor (1907)
  • First university to devote a program to rehabilitating children with disabilities
  • First tax-supported college to establish a school of religion
  • First Big Ten institution to promote an African American to an administrative vice president’s position (Dr. Philip Hubbard, promoted in 1966)
  • The first state-university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union (1970)
  • Iowa became the first public university in the country to offer insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners (1993)

Notable Alumni

Notable UI alumni include stalwarts like Nancy Andreasen, a renowned Psychiatrist, B.J. Armstrong Basketball player, Mildred Wirt Benson, Author of Nancy Drew mystery stories, Terry Branstad, Former Governor of Iowa, George Gallup, founder of the Gallup Poll, Max A. Collins, Jr., of Comic strip "Dick Tracy" fame, Charles Guggenheim, three time Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker, John W. Irving, Novelist, Richard W. Maibaum, playwriter and screenwriter for 13 James Bond films, Herbert Nipson Executive editor, Ebony magazine, Cory SerVaas, Editor and publisher of The Saturday Evening Post, Juanita Kidd Stout, first woman federal judge, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, James Van Allen who discovered the “Van Allen Belts”, Tennessee Williams, Author of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and many more.

The UI alumni also appear to have monopolized the Pulitzer Prize! The following are some winners: Robert Olen Butler Jr., Writer, Paul Conrad, Cartoonist, Donald R. Justice, poet, Rita Dove, Poet, James Alan McPherson, Writer, Jane Smiley, writer and Michael F. Toner, journalist.

Placement Rates

UI has a very high rate of job placement and / or acceptance into graduate school for its undergraduates. The College of Pharmacy typically has a 100% placement rate. Even in most other schools including College of Engineering, the combined placement or enrollment in Graduate School exceeds 90%.

Outreach Program

UI has robust outreach services covering not just education but also expertise and hands-on assistance to individuals, public and private agencies, industries, etc. The University’s mission beyond campus is evident from the presence of the following:

  • IOWA Centers for Enterprise
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Art Share
  • Media Services
  • John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
  • Institute of Public Affairs
  • Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
  • Service Learning Civic Engagement Program
  • Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety & Health


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