See what students say:


The University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a “Big Ten university full of exciting opportunities,” yet it’s still able to maintain “a small-college feel.” Moreover, as the state’s flagship school, Iowa provides a “great education” at a “reasonable price.” Additionally, students here welcome the fact that “requirements are minimal.” In turn, this truly encourages undergrads to “make [their] education [their] own.” While there are certainly a “[wide] range of degree programs” from which to choose, students here are especially impressed with Iowa’s journalism, premed, writing, nursing, and engineering departments. Though professors certainly run the gamut from “amazing” to “boring,” the majority of them are “very engaged with students and are always helpful to any student looking to push their learning beyond the classroom.” A fellow student concurs adding that her professors are “passionate, encouraging, and invested in the success of their students both inside and outside of academia.” Undergrads at Iowa also appreciate that their teachers really “do a nice job of balancing lectures with real-world applications of the material.” Finally, as this pleased undergrad summarizes her school, “The University of Iowa is a platform to launch yourself to the top of your field at an affordable price.”

Student Body

With such a large student body, undergrads here all posit that there is no “typical” student. One pleased undergrad elaborates, “Everyone is unique and has a different story, but that’s one thing that makes life here so great. You have the ability to meet people from around the country and around the world, and we all get to share the experience of college together.” Indeed, students feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such diversity. “We have a strong LGBTQA presence on campus, [along with] different religious places near campus. [In addition,] there are many different organizations for minorities, religions, and everything else here on campus. I couldn’t imagine someone coming here and not being able to find a student organization that is for them.” Of course, if pressed to generalize, students will describe their fellow Hawkeyes as “friendly, hardworking, and studious” but also “laid-back” and “very social.” However, what ultimately unites this student body is the fact that most undergrads have “their season football tickets by June.”

Campus Life

If there’s one thing that undergrads tend to agree on, it’s that “life is pretty fun at The University of Iowa.” To begin with, sports culture is definitely big here. As one student relays, “During football season, Saturdays get crazy. There is just a sea of black and gold swarming toward the stadium. Nothing can really compare to 70,000 Hawkeye fans in one place.” Additionally, students love the new rec center, which frequently runs trips “to go rock-climbing, camping, hiking, or kayaking.” Of course, the university also sponsors a number of other events outside of athletics. For example, “there are always concerts and comedians on campus, [and] many [of these shows] are even free to students. There are also free movies shown at the Iowa Memorial Union.” Students also stress that the university has a lively drinking scene. Indeed, “there is always a party going on here at Iowa.” Lastly, undergrads also love hometown Iowa City, which offers a “vibrant downtown” that’s “literally across the street from campus.” Students happily take advantage of the city’s “unique places to eat, shop, or go out.” As this undergrad poetically concludes, “When a man is tired of Iowa City, he is tired of life.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Katie Schaub
Coordinator Visit Reservations

Admission Visitors Center
C110 Pomerantz Center
Iowa City, IA 52242



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kinnick Stadium/Carver Hawkeye Arena
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Finkbine Golf Course
Pentacrest/Old Capitol
UI Main Library
Iowa Memorial Union

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Pedestrian Plaza
CoralRidge Mall: Movies, Shopping, Ice Rink
Coralville Reservoir/Lake Macbride
Old Capitol Town Centre
The Englert Theatre

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10:30am and 2:30pm; selected Saturdays
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Cedar Rapids Airport is 25 miles (a 20-minute drive on I-380) from campus. Van service to campus is supplied by Airport Express (319-626-5466 or 800-383-2219) and Airport Shuttle Service (319-365-0655 or 800-725-8460); call at least 1 day ahead to arrange for this service. Intercity bus service to Iowa City is provided by Greyhound (800-231-2222) and Burlington Transit (800-992-4618)buses; Megabus (877-462-6342); call the Iowa City Bus Depot (319-337-2127) for information and schedules. Iowa City Transit (319-356-5151) and the University's Cambus (319-335-8633) provide local transportation throughout the Iowa City area. There are three taxi companies in the Iowa City area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-80 (which connects Iowa City with Chicago, IL and Omaha, NE), turn south on the Dubuque St. exit, which leads to the downtown/campus area. The Admission Visitors Center is 2 blocks west of Dubuque St. on the corner of Market and Cleary Walkway.

Local Accommodations
Located in the Student Union, the Iowa House (319-335-3513) is right on campus. Also within walking distance is the Sheraton Hotel (319-337-4058); and the hotelVetro studio suites & conference center (800-592-0355). Also: Coralville Marriott (319-688-4000); Quality Inn and Suites/Highlander Conference Center(I-80 and Hwy.1; 319-354-2000); Hampton Inn (1st Ave. N., Coralville; 319-351-6600); . The Golden Haug (319-354-4284),a bed and breakfast near campus. The Bostick Guest House (319-354-2453) offers rooms in a number of historic homes close to campus.


Applicants: 26,706
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Average HS GPA: 3.71



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