Since 1855, the University of Iowa has been known as a leader in providing world-class education for all. 

The University of Iowa was the first public institution to admit men and women in a co-educational system. Today, Iowa continues to build on that legacy, drawing a diverse group of students from across the US and more than 100 countries.

At the University of Iowa, we strive to prepare our students for a diverse workplace and post-collegiate environment inside and outside the classroom.

A common resource that students use in understanding diversity and getting support on campus is the Office of Access and Support (OAS)—a hub for social experiences designed to build community, celebrate cultures, and educate students on a variety of topics. Programs available through the OAS include student mentoring, cultural events, volunteer opportunities, and leadership development.

Inside of the classroom, the University offers numerous academic programs to increase understanding of diversity including Gender, Women's, and Sexuality, African American studies, Latin American studies, and Native American and Indigenous studies, Religious studies, and Critical Cultural Competence.

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Resources for Students

The University of Iowa offers several ways to make your education more affordable and to support your academic success.

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Iowa Edge Program

This freshman transition to campus program is held the week before fall classes begin. 

Many students have found that programs like The Iowa Edge eased their concerns and helps to ensure a successful academic and social transition to the University of Iowa.

The Iowa Edge is an additional application-based program for students who identify as African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latino/a/x, first-generation, and/or LGBTQ+.


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Diversity Resources

A comprehensive list of University of Iowa diversity resources.

Diversity Resources