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University of Iowa Data & Information Overview

456 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
86% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Iowa Ranked?

#84 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in IA
Health & Physical Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 456 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health & physical education.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Iowa is ranked #84 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Iowa held the #99 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Iowa also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Iowa ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of Iowa.

Is It Hard to Get Into Iowa?

86% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
18% Submit SAT Scores

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 18% 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 560 and 670.

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

SAT Math Scores for University of Iowa  ( 560 to 670 )
Iowa received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Iowa  ( 22 to 29 )

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University of Iowa Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
86% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, University of Iowa is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Iowa

88% Freshmen Retention
55% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Iowa has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. 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  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Iowa the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 55%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

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

University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,227 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,304 undergraduates at Iowa with 20,227 being full-time and 2,077 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Iowa Cost?

$19,401 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
$36,424 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Iowa is $19,401. 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 +
$13,554 $15,508 $18,026 $20,719 $22,516

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Iowa, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $9,106 a year. That adds up to $36,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is 2.2%. 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?

$58,274 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Iowa with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $58,274 in their early years. This is good news for future Iowa graduates since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Iowa

Iowa State
20,227 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
University of Iowa is a public institution located 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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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

104 Majors With Completions
6,322 Undergraduate Degrees
2,346 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 104 majors graduated from University of Iowa. Of these students, 6,322 received undergraduate degrees and 2,346 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 555 $31,109
Criminology 391 $35,879
Finance & Financial Management 388 $52,516
Business Administration & Management 287 $39,929
General Psychology 270 $30,834
Marketing 244 $48,634
Liberal Arts General Studies 218 $38,648
Nursing 215 $59,083
Communication & Media Studies 210 $37,289
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 200 $58,967

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

Online Learning at Iowa

55% Take At Least One Class Online
11% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 16,368 students took at least one online class at University of Iowa. This is an increase from the 15,854 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 16,368 3,393
2019-2020 15,854 3,175
2018-2019 15,672 3,003
2017-2018 15,095 3,022
2016-2017 9,363 3,062

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.


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