Graduate Admissions - The University of Iowa

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Iowa City

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa, a town of about 62,000 people nestled in a metropolitan area of about 250,000. Iowa's campus is beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, and right next to Iowa City's student-oriented downtown.

What We Offer

The Pentacrest surrounds the Old Capitol buildingThe community provides numerous entertainment and housing options for young adult students and students with families.

  • A vibrant campus. Iowa's campus is beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, and offers a variety of entertainment options.
  • A cultured community. Offerings include great restaurants, eclectic book stores, and abundant live performance venues. Check out the connections you can make through the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Family support. Graduate students with families will find plenty of Family Resources and family-oriented things to do.
  • Accessibility. We're within a five-hour drive of Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis, and Making Travel Arrangements is a breeze.

Our Track Record

Many Iowa students fall in love with Iowa City and never leave, choosing to establish their careers and families here. The community also ranks high in published reports.

  • The Iowa City metropolitan area ranks #6 among the "brainiest" cities in America, according to a 2012 analysis published in The Atlantic.
  • Iowa City is one of the top five college towns in America with populations under 250,000, according to the American Institute for Economic Research's College Destination Index for 2010-11.
  • Iowa City has been named the number one place to live in the country by Editor & Publisher magazine, and one of "The Ten Most Enlightened Towns in America" by Utne magazine.
  • The university is a "green-campus trailblazer" and one of the first institutions of higher education to join the Chicago Climate Exchange (2011 Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges).
  • Iowa City also ranked #2 in Forbes magazines' 2010 list of "Best Places for Businesses and Careers."
  • Expansion Management magazine named Iowa City the #3 most-livable city in the United States by measuring housing affordability and rent, income levels, tax burden, and unemployment figures. The magazine also ranked the Iowa City metropolitan area among the very best in the nation for quality K-12 schools.