University of Iowa

University of Iowa Admissions and General School Information

Founded in 1847 as a teacher education institution, the university enrolls over 30,000 students with almost half of the student population from all over the states and different parts of the world.

General Information about University of Iowa

University of Iowa is a public research university located in the 6th largest city in Iowa, Iowa City. The university has has consecutively been ranked in top programs for creative writing, nursing, psychology, printmaking and audiology by 'U.S. News & World Report (, earning a nickname as the ivy league of public universities.

Admission and Enrollment Information

Prospective undergraduate students are assessed according to individual merits which include extracurricular activities, admission essay, transcripts and test scores. Typical ACT test scores for incoming freshmen range between 22 and 28. Admission to the B.F.A. or the M.F.A. program is based largely on the portfolio review, interested students should check with individual departments before applying.

University of Iowa Academic Departments

The university has twelve major colleges like the college of liberal arts and sciences, college of nursing, education and law. The university also houses the Iowa Writers Workshop, the most prestigious and competitive creative writing program in the nation.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The college offers 70 undergraduate certificates and majors and over 50 graduate majors.

From African American studies to history, cinema, comparative literature, computer science, biology and Asian and Slavic literature. One of the most prestigious programs housed at the college is the Writer's workshop which is ranked as the nation's best creative writing program by U.S. News & World Report ( The program attracts a wide array of international writers, academics and translators who conduct lecturers, and add to the lively literary scene on campus.

University of Iowa College of Nursing

U.S. News & World Report ( has recently ranked six of Iowa's nursing programs in the national top ten list. Nursing anesthesia, practitioner in pediatrics and specialty-nurse programs compete with some of of the best schools in the nation. Programs in both, the gerontological/geriatric nursing and nursing service administration ranked at number one.

University of Iowa College of Education

The first University to grant training to college level teachers, today the department includes specializations in counseling, rehabilitation and student development. The school has also evolved to include some of the most unique programs in education, like the Iowa REACH Program where young adults with learning disabilities train to become independent members of the community through a 2-year certificate and transitional living program.

Tippie College of Business

Ranked as one of the top business programs by U.S. News & World Report (, the college offers early admission, certificate, bachelors and masters degree programs in finance, economics, accounting, management and marketing. Students also have a chance to apply for internships cutting edge companies in Greece, Honk Kong and London. Tippie College students, staff and faculty have a special interest in giving back to the community though the departments partnership with habitat for humanity. Students raise money and engage hands on in the construction process of 'green' housing for local families in need.

University of Iowa College of Public Health

The College of Public Health has five core departments: community and behavioral health, epidemiology and biostatistics with two departments focusing mostly on managerial and business responsibilities in health care like health management and policy and occupational and environmental health. Each of the departments offers training that leads to advanced degrees at the bachelor, masters and Ph.D. level.

University of Iowa College of Law

After a successful completion of first year requirements at the college, students prepare a course of study in a variety of specializations. From international and comparative law, to innovation or the business and law program. Third year students are required to finish legal ethics and four writing units with the opportunity to study abroad and gain hands-on experience in the profession though debates or moot court student trials. There is a push for students to either contribute or edit

one of Iowa's law journals for college credit.

Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
  • Phone Number: (319) 335-3500