Campus Pride gives The University of Iowa 4 out of 5 stars on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index based on our student life options, campus resources, and recruitment and retention efforts.

The designation is the latest milestone in a long tradition of UI support for LGBT issues: Iowa was the first state university to officially recognize a queer student organization, the Gay Liberation Front (in 1970)-now known as Spectrum UI-and was the first public university in the country to offer insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners (in 1993).

Iowa also hosts an annual Rainbow Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of LGBT graduates and their allies.

Support Networks

Areas of Study

Iowa offers more than 200 Areas of Study for undergraduates, including a program that focuses on gender, women's, and sexuality studies.

Education & Advocacy

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If paying for your education is an issue, start your scholarship search with the UI Office of Student Financial Aid by finding out how to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This federal form collects the income-related data used by most colleges to determine your eligibility for scholarships (and grants and loans) based on your financial need.

  • Trans Student Support Fund—A fund sponsored by UISG and the Office of the Dean of Students that assists students in paying for legal name and document changes.
  • UI Scholarships—You can find details about many scholarships on our Admissions web site, but be sure to check other web sites for additional scholarship opportunities.

Community Resources

  • Connections Iowa City—Members of this gay community group get together for parties, forums, and other events in Iowa City.
  • The Quire—This GLBT community chorus performs in and around Iowa City.
  • Emma Goldman Clinic—This clinic welcomes LGBTQ+ students to seek medical advice and assistance there.
  • LGBTQQ Clinic—Every staff member of the University of Iowa's LGBTQQ clinic has had LGBTQ-specific cultural humility training. This training, through the Safe Zone Project, is to make sure our clinic setting is welcoming and assuring for all our patients. 
  • TransVerse—TransVerse is a community support group for trans people and their allies.
  • One Iowa—One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.
  • Iowa City LGBTQ Meetup—A community of local Iowa City LGBTQ members that that meets for coffee, board games and movies within the Corridor.