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Rank: 117

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a large public research institution serving over 30,000 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$23,600
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,800
Average price for low-income students
$9,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
86%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1260/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
23,349
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
73%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$5,055
student success
Graduation rate
74%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$52,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Apr 1

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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