The University of Iowa is one of America's premier public research universities.

Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

The University of Iowa is home to one of the most acclaimed academic medical centers in the country, as well as globally recognized leadership in the study and craft of writing. Iowa is known for excellence in both the arts and sciences, offering world-class undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs in a wide variety of fields. 

This is Iowa

Writers Workshop

The writing university

Iowa’s excellence in writing has created an unmatched array of writing-related resources that everyone can benefit from.

Student collaborating

Collaboration over competition

At Iowa, we believe great teams, not individuals, will find the answers to the biggest challenges.

Old Capitol

The best college town

All of this is made possible by our uniquely integrated town and campus, making Iowa City an ideal place to live and work.

Art mural

Where art meets science

Iowa’s balanced leadership in the arts and sciences encourages exploration and innovation across disciplines.

U.S. News & World Report rankings

# 34

best public university in the U.S.

Top 200

Best global universities


graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in their fields


Consecutive years ranked among America's best academic medical centers

Enrollment, Fall 2020

Type of student Enrollment
Undergraduate 22,405
Graduate 6,170
Preprofessional (Doctorate) 1,873
Post-graduate training 1,282
Total 31,730


Employee Area Count
Faculty 3,115
Professional and Scientific 7,453
SEIU/Healthcare Professionals 3,449
Merit 4,302
Residents 834
Graduate Assistants 2,141
Temporary 3,973
Institutional Officer 20
Total 25,287

Enrollment by race/ethnicity

Race/ethnicity Enrollment count % of total
African American or Black 971 3.1%
Alaskan Native or American Indian 54 0.2%
Asian American 1,519 4.8%
Hispanic or Latinx 2,349 7.4%
International 2,103 7.8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 20 0.1%
Two or more races 1,029 3.2%
White (Non-Hispanic) or Unknown Race 23,685 74.6%
Total 31,730  

Shared governance bodies

The University of Iowa honors a long tradition of shared governance in which university-wide policies and initiatives are made in collaboration with the campus’s many leaders and shared governance representatives.


For more information on University of Iowa leadership, governance, and strategic vision, visit the Office of the President's website.