Why choose Iowa? Where do we start?

There are so many reasons why Iowa is the best choice. Let us break it down for you.

  1. Learn from the best, at the best.

    With over 200 areas of study and a growing list of top-ranked programs, you're sure to find an area you're passionate about with experts to guide you along the way.

  2. You're in charge.

    Iowa is the place for you to find your best fit and create your own path. Explore all your interests, build the experience that's right for you, and graduate on time.

  3. Collaboration is our middle name.

    Team up with faculty, staff, and other Hawkeyes to tackle real-world challenges and master the skills that bosses love - communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This isn't about being on your own; Hawkeyes work together to achieve greatness.

  4. We've got your back through it all.

    Joining the Hawkeye family is a decision you won't regret. From the moment you step foot on campus, to graduation and beyond, we'll be there for you. Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye.

  5. You get to live in the perfect college town.

    Think block parties, art galleries, music venues, coffee shops, sidewalk cafes, workout facilities, Big Ten athletics - you get the idea. Iowa City is home to everything you could want and more. With downtown blending seamlessly into campus, you're only steps away from it all.

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Find Your Major

Iowa offers majors, minors, and certificates in more than 200 areas of study. Unsure of what to study?
Check out academic groups to see our majors listed by interest areas.

A Nationally Ranked Community

University of Iowa students love Iowa City, an iconic college town that provides great recreation, entertainment, and housing in a metropolitan area of about 100,000 people. 

Iowa River Sunrise


The Iowa City area is beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, and laced with miles of scenic bike trails. The Iowa River is a focal point of the campus and the community.

Hancher at sunset


Find great restaurants, eclectic book stores, and abundant venues for dance, theatre, and music. For more details about where to go when you get to town, visit the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Engineering Annex


We're within a five-hour drive of Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis, and minutes away from the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), providing regular connections to California.

Downtown Iowa City at night


Annual activities near campus include the Iowa City Block Party, Friday Night Concert Series, and Jazz Festival downtown. There's also multiple arts fests, several film festivals, and outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer.