Important Dates

  • File your FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and preferably by Dec. 1, 2020 for the following fall semester.
  • Apply for housing through your Admissions Profile on starting in early January. 
  • Complete your placement tests starting in March.
  • Accept our offer of admission by May 3.
  • Sign up for Orientation after you accept admission by paying the $250 acceptance fee. Registering for Orientation starts on April 1
  • Have your high school send us your official final transcript as soon as you graduate.
  • May 31: deadline to apply for housing in order to secure residence hall space for the fall.
  • Attend Orientation in June or July.
  • Official test scores (if you have them) and high school (and any college you have attended) transcripts are due by July 1.
  • Attend On Iowa! Aug. 18-22.
  • Classes begin Aug. 23.

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Your Next Steps

We’re thrilled you’re thinking about becoming a Hawkeye, but there are several things you’ll need to do before that can happen.

  • Monitor your Admissions Profile on MyUI.
  • Connect with future classmates on our Facebook group for the Class of 2025 and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @IowaAdmissions. 
  • Set up your Hawk ID (you received an email with instructions on how to do this).
  • Apply for housing (your Hawk ID must be set up for a day before you can apply) by May 31.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid and other required financial aid documents as soon as possible after Oct. 1, and preferably by Dec. 1, 2020.
  • Complete your online placement tests at least two weeks before attending Orientation.
  • Accept our offer of admission by May 3.
  • You can accept admission by paying the $250 acceptance fee on your Admissions Profile.
  • Sign up for Orientation (You must accept admission by paying the acceptance fee before you can register for Orientation.)


Nearly 95 percent of first-year students and many transfer students choose to live on campus at Iowa. Living on campus gives students the opportunity to create lifelong friendships, participate in a wide variety, of events and live in a culturally diverse environment.

You can apply through your Admissions Profile on MyUI, verify your personal and emergency contact information, agree to the contract terms and conditions, and pay your nonrefundable $75 application fee to reserve your place in line for community and room selection. You can then explore and personalize your options. Check out our many housing options: Living Learning Communities (LLC), Honors House, or general New Student Housing. Apply to join a Living Learning Community by May 3 and you’ll be notified in June if you’re accepted. Priority deadline for ADA/medical accommodations is May 15.

Next you will find or choose your roommate. Complete the lifestyle questionnaire and search for a roommate. The deadline to participate in roommate matching is May 3. All requests must be mutually confirmed online. If you apply to join an LLC, both roommates must be accepted into the LLC in order to live together.

Starting in June, students will be issued a room selection time based on the order in which their housing application was received. Living Learning Communities will select rooms based on approval of their application to the LLC.

Contact Residence Education staff at 319-335-3700 or


The estimated cost of attendance (tuition/fees/housing/meals) for a student living on campus at the University of Iowa in 2021-2022 is $21,420 for Iowa residents and $43,383 for out-of-state students. The estimated total cost, including variable expenses for books, travel, and personal expenses, can be found here. Costs vary depending on academic program and whether you choose to live on or off campus. More than 80 percent of Iowa students receive some form of financial aid.    

Here are some helpful links as you plan for the future:

Academic Life

Starting with Orientation and On Iowa!, the university has many programs in place to help first-year students get off on the right foot.


With more than 500 student organizations on campus, there are many, many ways to get involved. First-year students are encouraged to explore and choose from activities after arriving on campus. 

Transportation and Safety

Getting to and from campus is easy and, because our residence halls are located near classes, you can walk just about anywhere on campus. If not, the Cambus is free.