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University of Iowa Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of Iowa, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Iowa Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Iowa was awarded 165 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Iowa is ranked #190 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Iowa is also ranked #3 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for University of Iowa.

Is It Hard to Get Into Iowa?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 86%, University of Iowa is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Iowa submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 680. Math scores were between 570 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Iowa  ( 570 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 570 to 690 )
Iowa received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Iowa  ( 23 to 28 )

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University of Iowa Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Iowa, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Iowa is 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Iowa

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Iowa has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Iowa for first-time, full-time students is 51%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Iowa.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Iowa

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,989 undergraduates at Iowa with 21,690 being full-time and 2,299 being part-time.

Iowa Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 85.34 out of 100, Iowa is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.34 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Iowa Cost?

The overall average net price of Iowa is $15,893. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Iowa

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,599 $12,347 $15,388 $17,732 $18,623

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Iowa, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Iowa, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $7,373 a year. That adds up to $29,492 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Iowa Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Iowa make around $51,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Iowa graduates since it is 30% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Iowa make the most money.

Location of University of Iowa

University of Iowa is a public institution situated in Iowa City, Iowa. The city atmosphere of Iowa City makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of University of Iowa

Contact details for Iowa are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316
Phone: 319-335-3500

University of Iowa Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 102 majors graduated from University of Iowa. Of these students, 5,811 received undergraduate degrees and 2,209 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 653 $30,700
Finance & Financial Management 408 $51,100
General Psychology 254 $29,800
Nursing 224 $59,500
Business Administration & Management 204 NA
Marketing 195 $44,100
Liberal Arts General Studies 194 $36,100
Communication & Media Studies 190 $37,700
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 186 $58,900
Economics 184 $42,100

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Iowa along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Iowa

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 15,095 students took at least one online class at University of Iowa. This is an increase from the 9,363 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 15,095 3,022
2016-2017 9,363 3,062
2015-2016 8,405 2,898
2014-2015 12,784 2,622
2013-2014 11,246 2,382

Learn more about online learning at University of Iowa.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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