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University of Iowa: Rankings, Acceptance Rate, Cost & Admissions 2024

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Year of establishment
1847
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Total foreign students
3407
No. of campus
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Scholarships available
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USD 1 billion
Scholarships granted
15105
Scholarship amount granted
USD 151 million
Application fees
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Faculty/Student ratio
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Male/Female ratio
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UG/PG course ratio
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Others

83%

Hispanic

8%

Asian

4%

Black

3%

UG Student residence

In state

53%

Out of state

45%

Foreign

1%

UG Age distribution

24 and under

94%

25 and over

5%

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UG Number of Applicant

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Overall Graduation Rate

0.74
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Q:   What is the University of Iowa's ranking?

A: 

The University of Iowa is one the top 100 institutions in US with the rank:

  • #491 in World University Rankings 2024 - QS World University Rankings
  • #93 in Best National Universities 2024 - US News and World Report Rankings
  • #47 in Top Public Schools 2023 - US News and World Report Rankings
  • #110 in Best Value Schools 2023 - US News and World Report Rankings
  • #301-350 in World University Rankings 2023 - Times Higher Education (THE)
  • #169 in US College Rankings 2022 - Times Higher Education (THE)
 

Q:   Is it hard to get into the University of Iowa?

A: 

With an acceptance rate of 86%, the University of Iowa is a lightly selective institution as it accepts approximately 86 out of every 100 applicants on an average. Once a candidate fulfills all the admission requirements, inclusive of academic as well as document requirements, they are most likely to get accepted in UI. However, students must not take this lightly. Candidates must be aware of the application deadlines and apply to the university correctly, along with submitting all the relevant requirements.

Note: The acceptance rate is derived from the US News & World Report's official website and is likely to change every year.

 

Q:   Is the University of Iowa better than Iowa State University?

A: 

The University of Iowa as well as Iowa State University are two well-known institutions in US and good abroad options for students. When it comes to rankings, the University of Iowa beats Iowa State University with the rank #93 in Best National Universities in US News & World Report Rankings 2023. The latter has been ranked #115 in the same category. However, when it comes to QS World University of Rankings, Iowa State University has an upper hand with the rank #500. Whereas, the University of Iowa has claimed the rank #491.

Mentioned below is the comparison between both the universities on the basis of some other parameters that can help you choose the better university for you:

Parameters

University of Iowa

Iowa State University

Acceptance Rate

86%

91.1%

Average GPA

3.76

3.0

Annual Tuition Fee (B.Tech)

INR 25 L - 25.8 L

INR 21.5 L - 26.2 L



 

Q:   How can I apply to the University of Iowa?

A: 

All the international students aiming to pursue their higher studies from the University of Iowa can apply to the university in two ways: the University of Iowa Application or the Common Application (fall session only) through UI's official website.

While applying through the University of Iowa Application, the applicants don't necessarily have to complete the online application in one sitting. They may access their application and change their answers as many times as they like by using their email address and password from any computer with Internet access. Students must submit the application electronically once they have answered all required questions. Students must be aware of the proper admission requirements according to their degree and course and choice and submit them while applying. Along with the application, candidates must submit a non-refundable sum of $55 as the application fee. Any application fee can only be paid by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. Once the applicant logs in, they will be presented with further instructions about navigating the system and filling out the various applications for admission.

 

Q:   How many international students study at the University of Iowa?

A: 

In the fall 2023 intake, a total of 31,452 students were enrolled in the University of Iowa, out of which 1,735 students were international.

Race/EthnicityEnrollment Count% of Total
African American or Black933 3.0%
Alaskan Native or American Indian430.1%
Asian American1,5765.0%
Hispanic or Latinx2,4817.9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander200.1%
Two or more races1,0493.3%
White (Non-Hispanic) or Unknown Race23,48074.9%
International1,735 5.5%
 

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Q:   Does the University of Iowa offer scholarships to international students?

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Yes, the University of Iowa considers bright international students for a limited number of merit scholarships. However, fiinancial assistance in the form of grants, loans or need-based aid is not available for international students. The most popular scholarsip at UI is namely International Distinction in Education Award (IDEA).

  • Value: $500 - $15,000 per year.
  • Minimum Requirements: International students entering the fall (August) 2024 term will be considered for merit scholarships. Scholarship selection is competitive, and is based on holistic review of all application information, high school marks/grades and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Application: Not required. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.
  • Renewal: Available for up to eight semesters or until the students receives their bachelor’s degree. Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 semester hours) at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), a minimum 2.50 cumulative UI GPA, continue to pay nonresident tuition and remain in international student status for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.
 

Q:   What are the eligibility criteria for scholarships at UI?

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The University of Iowa considers bright international students for a limited number of merit scholarships. However, fiinancial assistance in the form of grants, loans or need-based aid is not available for international students. The most popular scholarsip at UI is namely International Distinction in Education Award (IDEA), which awards students a disbursement of $500 - $15,000 per year.

Eligibility criteria: Scholarship selection is competitive, and is based on holistic review of all application information, high school marks/grades and SAT or ACT scores. Also, the scholarship is available for up to eight semesters or until the students receives their bachelor’s degree. Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 semester hours) at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), a minimum 2.50 cumulative UI GPA, continue to pay nonresident tuition and remain in international student status for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

 

Q:   Can I work while studying in the University of Iowa?

A: 

Yes, the University of Iowa allows students to work on campus while studying in the university. Students who wish to work can find job opportunities on the university campus and in the local Iowa City/Coralville community. Most jobs are part-time hourly positions paid by employers, but some are supported by the federal Work-Study program. At UI, employment provides students with career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant to any majors and the necessary preparation and assistance for competitive job markets.

 

Q:   Are there any scholarships for international students at University of Iowa?

A: 
Yes, there are scholarships which are available for international students at University of Iowa. There is International Distinction in Education Award which offers USD 500 - USD 10,000 per year based on the students' academic records. There are also various types of departmental scholarships offered college wise.
 

Q:   What are the top Scholarships for Indian Students at University of Iowa and how to avail them?

A: 

Some of the scholarships for Indian Students include the Snodgrass Scholarship, Drs. Michael L. and Darlene M. McNulty Scholarship, International Student Study Abroad Scholarship, and others, are designed for undergraduate students in specific programs or those planning to study abroad. The scholarships aim to help cover the estimated international costs for full-time study at the University of Iowa. The scholarships are competitive and are based on a holistic review of the application information, high school marks/grades, and ACT or SAT scores. 

 

UI Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 100
  • Type of deadline :Regular
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Spring1ˢᵗ Oct - 1ˢᵗ Dec 2024
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Q:   Which documents do I need while applying to the University of Iowa?

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While applying to the University of Iowa, all international must submit a set of required documents mentioned below in order to get enrolled in the university as a student:

 

Q:   What is the University of Iowa's acceptance rate?

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According to the US News & World Report, about 86 out of every 100 applicants get selected at the University of Iowa. This makes UI a comparitively easier university to get into with an acceptance rate of 86%. However, students must not take it lightly and fulfill all the admission requirements; standardized test scores, English language requirements & relevant documents.

Note: The data is taken from unofficial sources and is subjected to change every year.

 

Q:   What are University of Iowa's application deadlines 2024?

A: 

All the international students aiming to pursue their higher studies from the University of Iowa can apply to the university in two ways: the University of Iowa Application or the Common Application (fall session only) through UI's official website. The University of Iowa's application deadlines for the 2024 intake are listed below:

ParticularsApplication Deadlines
Early Action (Fall Semester)November 1, 2024
Fall Semester Acceptance DeadlineMay 1, 2024

All students must pay a non-refundable application fee of $55 while applying to Iowa.

 

Q:   Where can international students apply for admission to University of Iowa?

A: 
Prospective students can apply for admission through University of Iowa application or Common Application by May 1 for Fall semester or by November 15 for Spring semester. The application fee is USD 80 per course.
 

Q:   Are there many students from other countries studying at University of Iowa?

A: 

Yes, there are many students from other countries studying at the University of Iowa. According to the International Student and Scholar Statistics for Fall 2022, there are 2,063 enrolled international students from 117 countries. International students make up about 5.9% of the student body. The university also offers study abroad programs and support for international students and scholars. The University of Iowa accepts applications year-round from international students. 

 

UI Fees, Duration & Entry Requirements 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
B.E. / B.Tech(3 courses)
INR 26 L - 27 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedSAT, IELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above
BBA(1 course)
INR 27 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedSAT: 1230 & Above, IELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above
MS(1 course)
INR 24 L
Duration18-24 months
Exam AcceptedGRE, IELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 81 & Above
MBA/PGDM(1 course)
INR 48 L
Duration18 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above
MDS(1 course)
INR 34 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 81 & Above, Duolingo: 105 & Above
MIM(1 course)
INR 48 L
Duration18 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above
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Q:   Can I study in the University of Iowa without IELTS?

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No, Indian students cannot pursue their studies in the University of Iowa without any English proficiency exam score. All the international candidates must fulfill the minimum score requirements listed below as a UI entry requirement:

English Language Exam

Minimum Score Required

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 81

IELTS

7.0 (no band below 6.0)

PTE

68 (no sub-score less than 58)

Duolingo English Test  (DET)110 & Above

Note: 

  • The on-campus English Proficiency Exam (EPE) will be required unless the candidate submits a TOEFL overall score of 100 or higher, or an IELTS overall score of 8.0 or higher.;
  • All students admitted using DuoLingo (DET) test scores will be required to take the EPE when they arrive on campus; and
  • UI's English language requirements various according to program. Hence, students must go through the university's website for specific requirements.

 

 

Q:   What are the University of Iowa's admission requirements for international students?

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In order to be eligible for pursuing higher studies at the University of Iowa, international first-year students must fulfill certain entry requirements. These requirements include:

  • A 3.0 GPA on academic courses;
  • Three years of completed secondary (high school) coursework;
  • Completion of secondary school (generally representing 12-13 years of education);
  • Academic records (transcripts) that reflect a graduation date or a separate secondary school diploma/certificate;
  • English proficiency exam scores (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/Duolingo); and
  • Minimum high school requirements:
Subject AreaFor applying to the College of Liberal Arts & SciencesFor applying to the college of engineering
Mathematics3 Years (2 years of algebra, 1 year of geometry)4 years (2 years of algebra, 1 year of geometry, 1 year of higher math [i.e. trigonometry, calculus, etc.])
Science3 years (including biology, chemistry, and physics)3 years (including at least 1 year of chemistry and 1 year of physics)
Social Studies3 years2 years
Native Language4 years4 years
Single World Language2 years

2 years

 

 

Q:   How can I get into UI's College of Nursing?

A: 

The University of Iowa College of Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the best nursing programs in US. Graduates of UI are sought after as highly skilled professionals who have received a rigorous education of the highest quality. The UI College of Nursing has a rich history of preparing nurses to achieve excellence in clinical practice, research, and leading systems of health care. In order to get into UI's College of Nursing, international students must fulfill the entry requirements listed below:

A cumulative high school GPA of 3.80 or higher;

Three years of completed secondary (high school) coursework;

Completion of secondary school (generally representing 12-13 years of education);

Academic records (transcripts) that reflect a graduation date or a separate secondary school diploma/certificate;

English proficiency exam scores (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/Duolingo); and

Minimum high school course requirements:

  • 4 years of High School English
  • 1 year of High School Biology
  • 1 year of High School Chemistry
  • 1 year of High School Physics
  • 1 year of each: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
  • 3 years of High School Social Studies
  • Minimum 2nd-level proficiency in one world language
 

Q:   Is it expensive to study in the University of Iowa?

A: 

The University of Iowa offers over 200 majors, minors and certificate courses along with 100+ postgraduate courses through its 12 colleges, across 11 areas of study - Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Education, Law, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. The annual tuition fees required to pursue a degree course at UI is above 25L on an average, which can be considered expensive. Students can refer to the table listed below for course specific fees requirements:

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
MS (1 course)
INR 37.4 L
B.E. / B.Tech (3 courses)
INR 25 L - 25.8 L
MIM (1 course)
INR 30.8 L
BBA (1 course)
INR 26.3 L
MDS (1 course)
INR 9.4 L
 

Q:   Does the University of Iowa require SAT/ACT scores?

A: 

At the University of Iowa, SAT or ACT scores are not required from international applicants who completed secondary school outside the United States. However, SAT or ACT scores are required from first-year applicants who wish to be considered for academic scholarships, Direct Admission to the Tippie College of Business or for the University of Iowa Honors Program. Also, SAT and ACT scores can be used to satisfy Iowa’s English proficiency requirements.

 

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Q:   What are the job opportunities after doing an MA from University of Iowa?

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The University of Iowa offers a variety of job opportunities for graduates with an MA degree. The university's job portal lists diverse job openings for people from all backgrounds. Graduates with an MA in English can go into a wide assortment of careers such as sales, public relations, social media management, editing/publishing, advertising, or politics. Graduates with an MA in Health Studies are prepared to work with individuals, groups, and families in service-oriented positions across a wide variety of public and private health, including hospital-based and corporate-based non-profit health agencies, etc. 

 

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Q:   What is the rank of University of Iowa in the world?

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The University of Iowa is ranked #93 out of 439 National Universities in the US News Best Colleges 2024 edition. It is also ranked #491 in QS World University Rankings 2024. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, it is ranked 201-250. The university is also home to many well-ranked graduate programs, including degrees offered through its College of Law, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and Colleges of Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing, and Pharmacy. It is also known for its Iowa Writer's Workshop, which has produced 13 Pulitzer Prize winners. 

 

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Q:   Who are the University of Iowa notable alumni?

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The University of Iowa maintains a global alumni network of over 250,000 graduates. James Van Allen, the world-famous physicist who invented the two radiation belts that circle the earth, is a notable alumnus of the University of Iowa. Other names in the list of distinguished alumni are B. J. Armstrong (Former Footballer), Mildred Wirt Benson (Nancy Drew Collection's Author), Terry Branstad (American Politician), John W. Irving (Novelist), Al Jarreau (Jazz Performer), Ashton Kutcher (Actor), Max A. Collins (Author), Flannery O'Connor (Novelist), Gene Wilder (Actor), Juanita Kidd Stout (Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice) and Richard W. Maibaum (Producer and Screenwriter).

 
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Usually, the University of Iowa acceptance rate is calculated to be around 86%. In? Fall 2023, UIowa received? over 25,000 applications? from prospective undergraduates and graduates. Out of these, more than? 21,000 candidates secured an admission offer ? from the university. Hence, it can be conclu

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In order to secure an admission, all overseas applicants must fulfill certain University of Iowa admission requirements? listed below:

Undergraduate Requirements:

  • Official secondary school transcripts; 
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0; 
  • Proof of English language proficiency; and 
  • SAT/ACT scores (not manda

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Yes, the University of Iowa accepts international students every year. As of? Fall 2023? the? total student enrollment? of the university stands at? 31,452. Out of these, the? undergraduate? student count is? 22,130? and the? graduate? student count is? 6,079. The? University of Iowa international s

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University of Iowa is not the most competitive university to get into, as its acceptance rate stands at 86%. This figure tells us that almost 86 out of every 100 applicants manage to get enrolled in the university, which is more than half of all the applicants. Therefore, once an applicant fulfills 

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