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University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a large public research institution serving over 32,000 students. Founded just 59 days after Iowa became a state in 1847, the Iowa City-based school offers more than 200 majors, with particular strengths in science, health, and the arts. Students say the school community is friendly and diverse. It was the first university to ever officially recognize an LGBT organization, as well as the first university in the country to admit men and women on an equal basis. The university is also home to the well-known Writers' Workshop residency program that has produced 17 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. (Tennessee Williams once participated in the three-year Playwrights Workshop as a part of the program.) The Center for Research by Undergraduates connects students with mentors and research opportunities in various disciplines. Students have more than 500 clubs and organizations to choose from, as well as sports teams to participate in or cheer on from the stands. The Iowa Hawkeyes compete in the Big 10 Conference of the NCAA Division I athletics. Meanwhile, the university's performing arts groups and artists put on more than 400 events each year, many of which are available to students for $5 or less and, in some cases, for free.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has planned for a blended approach that includes both in-person and remote classes. One of the main goals was to provide at least one in-person course for freshmen is so they can get a feel of the institution’s college life and connect with peers.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,800
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,500
Average price for low-income students
$11,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
83%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/26
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
23,410
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
73%
% of need met
63%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$5,430
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$22,000
Average salary within 5 years
$50,700
% earning more than $28,000
84%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
April 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university has planned for a blended approach that includes both in-person and remote classes. One of the main goals was to provide at least one in-person course for freshmen is so they can get a feel of the institution’s college life and connect with peers.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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