Summer-study Scholarships for First-year StudentsMarch 25, 2013
A new scholarship available to first-year University of Iowa students starting this year aims to help students complete their undergraduate degrees in four years.
The Summer Hawk Tuition Grant will award Iowa residents a full-tuition scholarship for up to 12 semester hours of summer study. First-year, first-time students entering the university this summer or fall will automatically receive the awards.
Nonresident students will receive the difference between resident and nonresident tuition for up to 12 hours of summer courses. The value of the scholarship is determined by the actual number of hours for which a student enrolls during a single summer.
The scholarship may be used any summer after an academic year in which a student enrolls in at least 24 semester hours. It must be used within four years of admission to the university.
The new program enhances Iowa’s standing as a top college value. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine recently ranked the UI 49th on its list of the top 100 resident-tuition values in higher education—making it the state’s overall best public university value for Iowa residents. The UI ranked 72nd among U.S. public universities for out-of-state tuition.
Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Iowa a “best buy” eight years running—the only Big Ten school to make the list. Iowa’s resident tuition is the second lowest in the conference.
The focus on value also informs Iowa’s emphasis on student success. The university is developing new ways to identify and assist students concerned about paying for their education. It’s also helping more students graduate in four years, a big factor in keeping college costs down.
Students and families can use Iowa’s Net Price Calculator to estimate costs and financial aid.
Find it at www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/calculator/.
Iowa is coming to a fair near youJanuary 22, 2013
Representatives from the University of Iowa Office of Admissions will be visiting college fairs all around the country this spring, meeting with students and visiting high schools. We invite you to come and see us at a college fair near you to learn more about the University of Iowa and what we have to offer.
Fiske Guide names UI a 'Best Buy' for 2013August 3, 2012
For the eighth straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
The UI is one of only 20 public universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on the list and one of three Big Ten schools included along with Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The creation of a former New York Times education editor, the Fiske Guide has been a respected college search tool used by parents, college-bound students, and their guidance counselors for more than 25 years.
To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. In all, 41 schools received the "Best Buy" designation, including 21 private institutions.
For more information about applying to the UI, visit admissions.uiowa.edu.
STORY SOURCE: University Communication and Marketing, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
New admission requirements for first-year/freshmen applicants to College of EngineeringJuly 11, 2012
First-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents applying to the UI College of Engineering for the Spring 2013 semester or after will have new admission requirements.
To be admitted to the College of Engineering, applicants must:
- Meet the Minimum High School Course Requirements.
- Present an ACT math score of 25 or higher, or an SAT math score of 620 or higher.
Meet the Regent Admission Index (RAI) score requirement:
- Iowa residents must present an RAI score of 245 or higher.
- Residents of other states must present an RAI score of 255 or higher.
Admission requirements for transfer and international applicants remain the same.
First-year/freshmen applicants will now self-reportJuly 10, 2012
High school students and parents will soon find it even easier to apply to the University of Iowa, and faster to receive an admission decision.
Beginning in August, first-year/freshmen applicants to the UI will self-report their high school course work, test scores, grade point average, and class rank when they apply for admission. Freshmen applicants will no longer need to submit an official high school transcript or official ACT and/or SAT test scores for an admission decision to be made.
This change will not only reduce the application processing time and the amount of paper the UI Office of Admissions receives; it will also decrease the amount of paper, envelopes, and postage spent from high schools across Iowa and around the U.S.
Michael Barron, UI assistant provost for enrollment management and executive director of admissions, states “Students and families will benefit from a quicker turn-around on their application and can begin their planning for college sooner with this approach. It’s a win/win for everyone.”
A new online application for admission will be available in mid-August for students applying for summer or fall 2013 and beyond.
Freshmen applicants will receive one of three decisions, usually within 2 business days of submitting their application: admitted, not admitted, or deferred. Deferred applicants will have the opportunity to submit a personal statement and an official transcript for a second review. Those who submit additional information will be notified of their new admission decision (admitted, not admitted, or waitlisted) on one of the following dates: Dec. 1, Feb. 1, March 1, and April 1.
Admitted students will need to submit their final official transcript and test scores as soon as possible upon graduation from high school and no later than July 1.
This change is applicable for first-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer and international applicants will continue to submit official transcripts and test scores to receive an admission decision.
The UI receives more than 20,000 freshmen applications and more than 42,000 total applications each year.
Fiske Guide names UI a 'Best Buy' for 2012February 21, 2012
For the seventh straight year, the University of Iowa has been designated a "Best Buy" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and for the fifth year running, the UI is the only Big Ten school on the list.
The creation of a former New York Times education editor, the Fiske Guide has been a respected college search tool used by parents, college-bound students, and their guidance counselors for more than 25 years. The 2012 edition evaluates the academics, social life, financial aid, housing and other features at more than 300 colleges in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
To receive a "Best Buy" designation, schools had to have high academic rankings, an inexpensive or moderate price, and a high quality of student life on campus. In all, 49 schools received the "Best Buy" designation, including 25 private schools and 24 public schools such as the UI.
In addition to providing updated statistics and new firsthand descriptions of student life at Iowa, the 2012 edition of the Guide continues to describe the UI as "one of the most dynamic schools in the country—and one of the best values to boot." It also describes UI as "a bargain compared with other Big Ten schools … The scope of its academic programs is broad and social activities abound—especially when it comes to rooting for their Hawkeyes."
UI officials say the designation reflects the university's longstanding mission to provide a great education at an affordable price.
"We work hard to provide a high-quality education and learning environment at an affordable price for our students. It's gratifying to receive recognition for those efforts in the Fiske Guide," said Barry Butler, UI executive vice president and provost.
For more information about applying to the UI, see http://www.uiowa.edu/admissions/. For more information about the Fiske Guide, visit http://www.sourcebookscollege.com/spotlight/fiske-best-buy-colleges.html.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
Apply to be an On Iowa! Student LeaderFebruary 21, 2012
On Iowa! is a required three-day program for first-year students held immediately before classes begin in August. Designed to complement summer Orientation, On Iowa! will build connections among students, convey University history and traditions, emphasize The IOWA Challenge expectations, and offer strategies for academic success and involvement beyond the classroom.
The heart of On Iowa! is its 300 student leaders (OISLs), who are responsible for guiding and supporting 30 first-year students. OISLs will create a welcoming environment, facilitate small-group discussions, and share their own experiences.
On Iowa! Student Leaders will receive a $100 stipend.
Kiplinger: Iowa a Best Value for 2012August 26, 2011
A comparison of 500 public universities and colleges, The University of Iowa Iowa ranked #47 among the top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12" in Kiplinger magazine.
The 2012 ranking, which puts Iowa in the top 10% of all public schools considered, measured admission rates, test scores of incoming first-year students, four- and six-year graduation rates, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and financial aid distribution. The editors used these factors to determine which schools offer the best in academic quality and affordability.
"We are excited to begin (2012) by highlighting a ranking that we strive to get better at each year, Kiplinger’s Best Value in Public Colleges," UI President Sally Mason said shortly after the report's publication, noting that Iowa's ranking climbed up from 62nd the previous year. "I can assure you that we will not rest but will continue to be forward thinking in order to deliver excellence in the classroom and across Iowa."
Online Programs make U.S.News' Top 50August 26, 2011
The University of Iowa is recognized several times in the new U.S.News & World Report's 2012 edition of Top Online Education Program rankings released today, Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Overall the UI ranked No. 50 out of 194 institutions in the area of "Student Engagement and Assessment" for bachelor's programs offered online. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) and the Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) together enrolled 309 students in the fall 2011 term, and had 443 actively enrolled students in 2010-11 academic year. Sixty-one students graduated in 2010-11 from the BAS/BLS programs.
The UI College of Education also ranked No. 4 out of 171 institutions in the area of "Admissions Selectivity" for graduate programs in education; No. 62 in the area of "Student Services and Technology," and 146 in the area of "Teaching Practices and Student Engagement."
U.S.News & World Report sent online surveys to 1,765 regionally accredited institutions that offer bachelor's degree programs and to 1,053 institutions that offer at least one master's level program in education in 2010, relying on U.S. Department of Education data and U.S. News internal resources.
Of the institutions queried about bachelor's programs, 969 institutions -- or 55 percent -- responded to the survey. For online master's degree programs, 595 institutions -- or 57 percent -- responded.
An online program was defined to respondents as one with course content at least 80 percent accessible to students online. The UI College of Education offers one master's degree program exclusively online -- the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, which has the option of obtaining a Principal Licensure, which currently enrolls 18 students.
Data collection occurred from July 28 through Oct. 28, 2011.