As a Hawkeye, you can weave together your interests and take your own academic journey, choosing from over 200 areas of study and exploring the world as you see fit. Hawkeyes work together across disciplines–blending engineering and visual art, theater and medicine, business and biology–because we know that’s how exciting ideas are born. We follow our minds wherever they lead us.
Where will yours take you?
Business, Economics, and Management
At Iowa, students learn to how to roll up their sleeves and, through hard work and tenacity, build something new. Here, entrepreneurial thinking is everywhere. Unique resources are available to students who want to explore business leadership first-hand. Incubators, accelerators, funding competitions, founders clubs—if you’re looking to get disruptive, you’ll find a community at Iowa. Hawkeyes consistently graduate ready to do more than just enter the workforce. They graduate ready to lead.
At Iowa, we understand the value of a quality education. We focus on innovation and the future, teaching today's students how to become tomorrow's teachers. Here, your learning won't just happen inside the classroom—at least our classrooms—because we believe in giving students hands-on learning opportunities that put them into the community. At Iowa, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to inspire the next generation of students.
Engineering and Computing
At the University of Iowa, our students are innovators and creators. They forge ahead and push new boundaries in the fields of technology and engineering. As an undergrad, you won’t be doing grunt work while grad students and faculty get to play around with an advanced virtual reality simulator. From the day you step foot on campus, we’ll prepare and inspire you to get real-life experience that no textbook can replicate. Fabrication shops. Advanced computing labs. One-of-a-kind simulators and modeling technologies. At Iowa, everything you need is at your fingertips.
At Iowa, discovery is a hands-on job. We don’t just talk about trying to cure cancer or diabetes or blindness. We get in the lab and try new treatments. So whether you’re interested in medicine, biology, nursing, public health, or chemistry, there are countless ways to participate in direct, hands-on research at one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. At Iowa, you can make a powerful impact on the lives of patients and learn valuable, practical skills at the same time
Languages, Culture, and Society
If you're driven by the desire to understand who we are and where we're going, then the University of Iowa is the place for you. Because at Iowa, we're all about asking big questions. How do race and the environment impact each other? What effect does technology have on the law? How closely are culture and politics tied? At the University of Iowa, you’ll gain the skills to bring new perspectives and enhance our society’s understanding of how the world operates and functions.
Life and Natural Sciences
If you're fascinated by the sky above you, or the ground below you, the University of Iowa is the place for you. With state-of-the-art research facilities and nationally ranked programs in the life and natural sciences, Iowa will challenge you as a student and grow you as a scientist. Here, undergraduates have an essential, hands-on role in research. Working side-by-side with our world-renowned faculty from the day you step foot onto campus, you’ll be at the forefront of the newest innovations and discoveries made here every day.
Math and Quantitative Sciences
As a Tier-1 research institution, the University of Iowa is focused on innovation and the future. You’ll learn from world-class educators, scientists and researchers with decades of experience, and engage in rigorous math and quantitative sciences programs that will prepare you for a career in anything from science, to business, to technology. At Iowa, you’ll find a community of high-achieving, high-performing students—just like you—dedicated to pushing boundaries and exploring their passions.
The University of Iowa offers several pre-professional programs for students planning careers in law or in one of the primary health care delivery areas: Dentistry, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Chiropractic, Mortuary Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, or Veterinary Medicine. It is important to keep in mind that the preprofessional areas are not academic majors; rather, they are suggested programs of study that prepare students to apply to professional school upon completing their undergraduate degrees.
Social Sciences and Policy
The University of Iowa is a place where you can commit to building a path to a brighter tomorrow. That means not just preserving culture, but celebrating it. Not just caring about our fellow humans, but genuinely serving others. When you join the Hawkeye family, you’re welcomed into something larger than yourself: a strong, vibrant, open community dedicated to enriching the community around them and changing the world for the better.
Visual and Performing Arts
40+ Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty and alumni. Seven U.S. Poets Laureate. Blockbuster filmmakers. Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Peabodys, elite symphony placements—the list of accolades earned by members of the University of Iowa arts community goes on and on. And with a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students can work directly with masters of their craft. That goes for all Iowa students, not just those at the highest level of practice. Our renowned artistic faculty are here to help you explore your creative side—no matter your major.
Writing, Communications, Literature, and Media
Iowa stands as one of the foremost literary destinations in the world. Faculty and alumni like Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, and John Irving all found inspiration while working with the legendary Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This established Iowa City as America’s first UNESCO City of Literature, one of only 28 in the world today. That passion and strength in writing will influence everything you do at Iowa, whether it is writing a screenplay, forming a press release, or distinguishing yourself from other job candidates with an amazing cover letter.