Important Dates

  • File your FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and preferably by Dec. 1, 2018.
  • Apply for housing through your Admissions Profile on starting in October.
  • Complete your placement tests starting in March.
  • Accept our offer of admission by May 1.
  • Sign up for Orientation after you accept admission and pay the $250 acceptance fee.
  • Have your high school send us your official final transcript as soon as you graduate.
  • May 31: deadline to apply for housing
  • Attend Orientation in June or July.
  • Official test scores and high school (and any college you have attended) transcripts are due by July 1.
  • Attend On Iowa! Aug. 21-25.
  • Classes begin Aug. 26.

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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 page for the Class of 2023 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, 2018.
  • Complete your placement tests.
  • Accept our offer of admission by May 1
  • You can accept admission and pay the $250 acceptance fee on your Admissions Profile.
  • Sign up for Orientation (You must accept admission and pay the acceptance fee before you can register for Orientation.)


All University of Iowa students who choose to live on campus will live in Living Learning Communities (LLCs), which group students with common interests in and out of the classroom. LLC themes range from business to engineering, the performing arts to journalism, sustainability to Honors, and much, much more.

You can apply for housing online through your Admissions Profile on MyUI starting in October. When you apply, you will indicate your top choices for LLCs, pay the nonrefundable $75 application fee, and choose how you want to be paired with a roommate (roommate matching or random assignment). You can make changes to your LLC choices any time before May 1. 

You must apply for housing by May 31 in order to secure residence hall space for the fall. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Living Learning Community and roommate assignments will be emailed in June and continue throughout the summer. 

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 2018-19 is $20,664 for Iowa residents and $42,630 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. Through PickOne!, first-year students are encouraged to choose an activity soon 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.