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Colleges / The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

About Iowa

The University of Iowa Overview

The University of Iowa is a public, state school in a small town setting in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa was founded in 1847 and the school presently has around 29,909 students a year, which includes 21,608 undergraduates. Iowa offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Iowa for Fall 2023 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by August 1.

Student Activities at Iowa

Love music or performing? At Iowa you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Iowa students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Iowa has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Iowa has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Iowa on the Student Life page.

2022 Iowa Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 18%
In-State Tuition $8,711
Out-of-State $30,674
Percent of Need Met 54%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,034

Is Iowa a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what Iowa offers and if it seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for The University of Iowa

It is moderately difficult to get into Iowa. The university admitted 86% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 22,434 students applied to Iowa and 19,340 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Iowa

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 88% of students who start at Iowa come back the next year. Around 74% of students who started at Iowa earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Iowa Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Iowa by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 68% of graduates from Iowa recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent Iowa grads have an average starting salary of $42,892 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Iowa's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Iowa's endowment was valued at $1.251 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Iowa spends about $14,593 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Iowa

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Iowa meets 54% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,034 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $15,441 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Iowa.

Based on this information, how does Iowa sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Iowa a good school for you?

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Where is Iowa?

Iowa is located in the small town setting of Iowa City, Iowa.

If you are interested in seeing Iowa for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 80 to Iowa City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Eastern Iowa.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Iowa and Iowa City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

101 Jessup Hall Iowa City, IA 52242-1316

Campus Setting: Small Town

Iowa Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Iowa is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Iowa is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Iowa ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Iowa is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Iowa. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Iowa SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1330


Math SAT Range

560 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1140 to 1330


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Iowa students is 1235. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Iowa, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Iowa.

Iowa Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Iowa is like? There are approximately 29,909 students enrolled at Iowa, including 21,608 undergraduate students and 8,301 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 64% percent are from IA and 36% percent of students are from other states.


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