Orientation Programs: How You Can Best Prepare

Hello Future Hawkeyes!

We hope you are all having an amazing end to your school year and start to the summer. Our Orientation staff has been busy preparing for your arrival, and we are so excited to meet and welcome you all to the University of Iowa! Orientation is one of your first college experiences and will allow you to explore campus, meet other incoming students, as well as pick out your first-semester class schedule. Additionally, you will be spending time in small groups led by a Hawkeye Guide where you will learn about academics, campus involvement, as well as the numerous resources available to you as a University of Iowa student. Below are a few tips to help you prepare for a successful Orientation program!

Before you Arrive

  • Upload your Iowa One Card photo through your Admissions Profile in MyUI. This way your official student ID card will be ready for pick-up the day you arrive for your program.
  • Complete part one of Success at Iowa, this can be done online through your ICON
  • To prepare for class registration, take any placement tests (mathematics, chemistry, and/or world languages) prior to your orientation date to ensure that your class registration goes smoothly. Additionally, you can begin thinking about your future and potential majors or careers that grab your attention, and any strengths, weaknesses, and relevant coursework, employment, or volunteer experiences that have influenced you.

What to Bring

  • Your HawkID and password for course registration.
  • Any AP, CLEP, IB, and Placement Test results so that your academic advisor can help you select your most suitable courses.
  • The letter you received confirming your orientation date and any overnight accommodations
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) in order to obtain your Iowa One Card
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes – please dress for the weather as there will be plenty of outside walking and Iowa summers can be hot and humid
  • Consider bringing a light jacket or sweater for air-conditioned buildings
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated
  • An umbrella or rain gear
  • Gym clothes and/or swimming apparel if you would like to take part in our late-night programming in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).
  • If you stay overnight in the residence halls, you will be given sheets, a bedspread, towels, a washcloth, and a pillow. However, please feel free to bring your own pillows or blankets if that helps you sleep better.
  • Toiletries and shower shoes if you plan on showering in the residence halls.
  • A positive and open mindset! 🙂 Orientation can be a nerve-racking time for many students, but having this mindset allows you to take full advantage of your experience and gives you the ability to really get to know your peers and the campus!

Communication is Key

  • Keep your parents, family, and friends in the loop and consider sharing your expectations for college with each other on your way to (or from!) your orientation program.
  • Take photos during your orientation program and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you use our hashtag #UIOrientation during your program, you will be entered in to win a Hawk Shop gift card! (Make sure your account is public so that we can see the post!)
  • Make sure to follow our Facebook Page: University of Iowa Orientation Services for updates and pictures throughout the summer: facebook.com/uiorientation.
  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office via phone at 319-335-1497, via our Facebook page direct message, or via email at orientation@uiowa.edu.

We can’t wait to see you all on campus and hope you have found these tips helpful!  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office via phone at 319-335-1497, via our Facebook page direct message, or via email at orientation@uiowa.edu.

As always – On Iowa! Go Hawks!

Molly Hovden
Social Media Coordinator
UI Orientation Services

Guest Blog: What to Expect Your First Year as a Hawkeye

The Iowa Admissions blog is dedicated to showing perspectives from around the university. Here, you’ll hear from Alaina, a junior from Madison, Wisconsin, about what it’s like your first year at Iowa.

What to Expect Your First Year as a Hawkeye

Your first few days on campus are going to be…crazy. A blur. Weird. Awkward. Amazing.

First of all, let’s just put it out there right now that no one knows what they’re doing immediately when they show up to campus. Just because it looks like everyone else knows what they’re doing, don’t worry—they’re all probably just as nervous as you are.

When I moved into my residence hall room back in August of 2015, it was almost a hundred degrees. I had my mom, my dad, my stepmom, and my best friend in tow to help me move all my stuff. I honestly don’t remember a ton about my first few days on campus—there was so much going on! I met my roommate, struggled to put together a futon, made friends with a bunch of people on my floor, got lost a couple times, and then all of a sudden classes were starting.

Somewhere in there, On Iowa! happened. On Iowa! is actually amazing because it gets you out of your room and out into campus, meeting people and making friends! It’s super fun and it helps fill those awkward couple of days between move in and the start of classes. It also helps you find your way around campus better so that you’re not completely lost before your first class starts.

Speaking of which, I would definitely recommend tracking down your classrooms before the first day actually happens. It’s not fun to be running all over the building trying to find your class and then getting there 10 minutes late on the first day.

I joined a lot of student orgs my first year, and I’m no longer in any of them. But that’s okay! I didn’t hate them, but I decided they weren’t for me and joined different ones the next year. In my opinion, that’s the best part of college: you get to stop doing things if you decide you don’t like them. Don’t fit in with the student orgs you joined? That’s okay, join different ones! Realize you hate your major even though you were sure that’s what you wanted to study? Happens to lots of people—you can change it if you want! Don’t get along with your roommate? That’s okay, you’ll be living somewhere else next year.

I think the hardest part of college to get used to is the amount of freedom you have. This is your life. This is your school. Do what you want, not what you think anyone else wants. You have four years to make this into whatever you want it to be. Your first year is going to go by in a blur, so make the most of it! Take pictures and write stuff down because you’re going to want to remember this.

Guest Blog: Dentistry at Iowa

The Iowa Admissions blog is dedicated to showing perspectives from around the university. Here, you’ll hear from Grant, a senior from Ottumwa, Iowa, who is about to graduate and go to the College of Dentistry at Iowa.

Dentistry at Iowa

One of the unique aspects The University of Iowa has to offer is its close proximity to world-class health sciences programs. This gives undergraduate students opportunities for exposure to graduate and professional experiences in various fields. A great example is The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, which offers undergraduate students unmatched exposure to the field of dentistry and gives them insight into the admissions process for dental school.

My interest in dentistry began towards the end of my junior year of high school after doing a career exploration project for a class. I had always been interested the health sciences, but hadn’t quite honed in on a specific field. After learning more about dentistry, I realized it was perfect for me because it combined the health sciences and the opportunity for me to work with my hands every day.

As I was going through the process of choosing colleges, I visited The University of Iowa. I chose to come here after a wonderful visit to campus where I felt right at home. That “feel” was the majority of my reason for choosing to come here. Once I got here is when I realized what an outstanding luxury it is to have such a fantastic dental school here on campus.

Once I got to campus in the fall of 2014 I ended up choosing Human Physiology as my undergraduate major and later added a chemistry minor. During my first few semesters of college, my coursework was composed mainly of science classes. These science classes were the pre-requisite classes that I was required to take to get into dental school. In my later semesters here at Iowa, my coursework has shifted to upper level courses in my major that I chose to take because they will help me down the road in dental school, or just simply because I thought they sounded interesting.

The summer after my junior year of college, I took the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). I took this test about a month after finals were over. Between finishing finals and taking the DAT, I spent every single day (except Memorial Day) studying, preparing, and taking practice tests. After I took the test, I submitted all of my application materials and was invited to interview at The College of Dentistry in early September. At my interview, I was very impressed with how nice and helpful everyone was. The interview was not what I expected at all. My interviewers were genuinely interested in learning more about me as a person and were not intimidating at all. When that interview day was all said and done, I was even more impressed with what an excellent program The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is.

On December 1st 2017, the national day that schools can start giving out acceptances, I was notified that I had earned a seat in the class of 2022. To say this was a huge relief would be a serious understatement. Iowa was the only school I applied to and the only program I wanted to be part of ever since I decided to pursue dentistry, so to earn a seat in their program means a tremendous amount to me.

In a few short weeks, I will be graduating and finishing my undergraduate experience. In August, I will begin dental school. I can’t wait to start taking classes and learning technical skills that I will be using every day in my career. Iowa is a phenomenal program with world-class faculty in all of the officially recognized dental specialties which will give me an opportunity to gain experience in all disciplines of dentistry. The college also just underwent a major renovation and I am really looking forward to learning in the new clinics and classrooms. Over the next four years I hope to learn as much as I can in order to be the best dentist possible for my patients. Plus, I’m pretty excited to spend four more years in Iowa City!

Guest Blog: Honors at Iowa

The Iowa Admissions blog is dedicated to showing perspectives from around the university. Here, you’ll hear from Alaina, a junior from Madison, Wisconsin, involved with Honors at Iowa.

Honors at Iowa

The Honors program at the University of Iowa is something special. It’s a big part of what made my first year at Iowa so meaningful, and I’ve had access to tons of opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

The whole point of the Honors program is to create community among like-minded students who are focused on growing both academically and personally. The great thing about Honors at Iowa is that it is not necessarily more work—it’s just more opportunity.

I’ve been involved in Honors since my first days on campus. I got to move in early for Honors Primetime, which is a four-day workshop centered around your own interests. You even get one semester hour of credit for it! During my Primetime program, we got to write poems and help paint props for a theater show. My favorite part about that experience was getting to move onto campus before anyone else! We had a chance to meet people and get comfortable on campus before classes started.

I lived in Daum my first year, which the only residence hall on campus dedicated exclusively to first-year honors students. I loved being surrounded by other students who cared about academics as much as I did. We had tons of fun, but everyone was also very understanding if I wanted to stay in and study sometimes! The other nice thing about living in Daum is that a lot of your neighbors will be taking the same classes as you, which makes forming study groups super easy.

Daum is connected by skywalk to the Blank Honors Center, which has some great study spaces. I also had my Honors Rhetoric class and my Honors First-Year Seminar there, which was really convenient. An Honors First-Year Seminar is a one-credit class that you basically just take for fun. Mine was about Egyptian hieroglyphs. It didn’t add too much to my workload and it was super interesting.

Normally for lecture-style classes, the lecture is taught by the professor and the discussion sections are taught by teaching assistants (TAs). But if you’re in the Honors program, you can sign up for the discussion section that is taught by the professor. I really like that option, because it means you have more opportunity to get to know the professor (and maybe get a letter of recommendation for scholarships or grad school!) Some Honors classes might even be smaller than non-honors sections of the same course.

Honors staff offices are also located in the Blank Honors Center. Their doors are literally almost always open and they’re so helpful! Honors has both professional, full-time staff and student staff like peer mentors. They’re all there to help you get the most out of your experience at Iowa, and make sure you’re on the right track to accomplish everything you want to do.

There are also scholarship opportunities available only to Honors students—so if you’re considering joining the Honors program, go for it! There are honestly no downsides. You can really make the experience whatever you want it to be, and you’ll have a support system the whole way.

International Ambassadors: Calli Tilson

The University of Iowa is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Our International Ambassadors are students that are excited to make the college search process a little more personal to future Hawkeyes around the globe.

Here, you’ll hear from International Ambassador Calli Tilson, a first year student majoring in Creative Writing with Linguistics and Korean minors. She shares what her daily life looks like as a Hawkeye.

Life at Iowa

My name is Calli, and I’m a first-year here at the University of Iowa. My life here is jam-packed with tons of fun things that keep me busy in day to day life. Let’s go!

The first class I have for the day is my Korean language class at 8:30 AM. I start my day with the su

n, waking up and grabbing a quick bite to eat before heading out. I live in Mayflower Hall, one of the furthest resi

dence halls from campus (however, with my own bathroom and kitchen area, it’s well worth it). Since I live a little farther away, I take the bus to get to where I need to go. The Cambus system makes transportation around campus a million times easier and quicker for both students and the public! The buses run on a consistent schedule, and if you ever wonder how long until a bus arrives at your stop, there’s always Bongo, an app that gives you real-time updates of where buses are and estimated arrival times.

After Korean, I have Civilizations of Korea at 12:30. This is a lecture-style course, one I am taking for dual credit to satisfy both a general education requirement and a requirement for my minor, which is Korean Studies. Sometimes lectures can seem a little long, but I have a professor who is always active and interesting to listen to, as well as a few friends who keep me company! Having the ability to create my own schedule is great – since there are so many courses to choose from, I look forward to taking even general education classes! Last semester I fulfilled my Historical Perspectives GenEd by taking a course all about Russian fairytales and folklore. It was so much fun, I never wanted to miss a class. Crazy, I know!

After my Civilizations class, I normally stop by a dining hall to grab a quick snack before heading to my next class. The Catlett dining hall just opened this year, and it’s one of my favorite places to go! Not only does it look incredibly sleek and modern, the environment is always lively and welcoming. Among other options, Catlett often has a wide variety of multicultural foods on their menu.

Next, I have The Art and Craft of Personal Writing. I’m enrolled in this course for my major, English/Creative Writing. This course emphasizes critical reading skills, as well as giving students opportunities to apply what they learn to their own written pieces, which are discussed and given feedback during workshops. Workshops might seem scary to some writers – after all, writing can be extremely vulnerable – but what I’ve found is that not only do my professors ensure everyone feels comfortable and protected, but my classmates do too. In all the writing classes I have taken this year, I can confidently say that they really feel like complete safe spaces.

Lastly, I have Language and Formal Reasoning at 7:30 PM. This course is technically a linguistics class, but it also fulfills a Mathematics general education requirement, which is what I am taking it for. Even though 7 PM seems a little late to still be going to class, my professor is so passionate about what he teaches that I am always wide awake! He always finds ways to keep things entertaining. This class is one of my more difficult ones, especially since it is lecture-style as well. Fortunately, it’s paired with a discussion class that happens later in the week. My discussion takes place in a smaller classroom-esque setting, with around 20 or so people, plus a teaching assistant for that class. The teaching assistant, or TA, does a great job at connecting one-on-one with students, and is always there if anyone needs help with questions on the homework or concepts covered in lecture. My TA also has open office hours, which is a great resource! If I am ever confused over lecture or am unsure about anything, I know help is only a quick stop away!

After this class I can finally head back to my dorm! I typically make dinner with my roommate before doing homework and hanging out with friends. It’s not the same in every residence hall community, but people on my floor are extremely friendly and close like family. If you walk down the halls, you can often hear music and laughter, and see many open doors! Open doors are following a policy that says if you leave your dorm room door open, people are welcome to stop in and hang out, or just say hi! In the beginning of the year, this is how everyone got to know each other, and is a great way to meet new people on your floor. I have made some of my best friends this way, as well as discovered other students that can help me do homework and study alongside me. On Thursdays, our residence hall always has a fun activity going on, whether it’s international food night, or watching a movie while decorating cookies! Living in a dorm has given me so many new friends, and time flies by when I’m with them!

This is one of the busiest days on my schedule – not every day is this jam-packed. When I have free time, I like to go out to eat with my friends at one of the multicultural restaurants in Iowa City – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Greek – you name it, Iowa City has it! Other days my friends and I like to watch movies together in the dorm or simply just hang out and talk. On Sundays I have a hip-hop dance class, which is another fantastic way to meet new people. There are literally hundreds of organizations and clubs on campus. From LGBTQ+ organizations to A Capella teams, there’s something for everyone!

Life at the University of Iowa is amazing! Go Hawks!

Understanding Student Loans

Every eligible student who files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will have access to Federal Direct Stafford Loans. This is a loan program offered through the Department of Education. Students can take out this loan in their own name, without having a parent co-signer. There is a maximum amount that students can borrow in Direct Stafford Loans that varies depending on the student’s year in school. First-year students can borrow up to $5,500, sophomores up to $6,500, and juniors and seniors up to $7,500. These are ten-year loans that the student would start making payments on six months after they graduate or stop taking classes at least half time.

There are two types of Direct Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. For a subsidized Direct Stafford Loan, the government pays the interest while the student is in school. For the unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan, the student would be responsible for paying that interest during their time as a student. Not every student will qualify for a subsidized loan — this all depends on the results of the FAFSA form. In order to continue using these loan options for sophomore through senior year, families will need to fill out the FAFSA form every year.

If students need to borrow more than is offered in Direct Stafford Loans, there are two additional loan options: Parent PLUS Loans and private loans. Parent PLUS is a loan option offered through the federal government that parents can take out in their own names to pay for their students’ education. Private loans would be loan options for either the parent or the student through a private bank or other private lender. For more information about Parent PLUS or private loans, reach out to our Office of Student Financial Aid at 319-335-1450 to speak to a financial aid counselor.

When it comes to student loans, be sure that you are borrowing responsibly! A good rule of thumb is to not borrow more than what your starting salary will be when you graduate. That helps keep your loan payments within a range that is realistic for you to pay back. We encourage students to only borrow the amount that they need to cover their direct costs. Student employment on campus can be a great way to cover your personal expenses.

During your time as a student here, be sure to use the Office of Student Financial Aid’s financial literacy resources to learn how to budget effectively and manage your loans. These resources can give you the skills that you need to understand your credit and manage your funds successfully.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

The Office of Student Financial Aid began sending award letters in mid-January for students that have been admitted and filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can view your financial aid award letter on MyUI through your admissions profile. Your financial aid award letter is a document that explains the cost of attendance at the University of Iowa, and details the options available to you in financing your education.

The first part of the award letter will break down cost. The first two line items will give you estimates for tuition & fees and room & board. These are the expenses that will show up on your University Bill. The next three lines give estimates for transportation, textbooks and supplies, and personal or miscellaneous expenses. These costs won’t show up on your bill, but they are things that we want to make sure you keep in mind.

Next, the “grants and scholarships” section will outline any gift aid that you may be receiving. This could potentially include the Federal Pell Grant, merit-based scholarships from admissions, or departmental scholarships. Grants are awarded based on financial need, which is determined by the results of the FAFSA. Scholarships are based on academic merit, including test scores and GPA. If you aren’t currently receiving any scholarships, you will have additional opportunities to apply for scholarships for your sophomore, junior, and senior year through the Iowa Scholarship Portal.

Next, your financial aid award letter will detail student loan options available to you through the federal government. These include Direct Stafford Loans and Parent PLUS Loans. If you have questions regarding your student loan options, I recommend calling the Office of Student Financial Aid at 319-335-1450.

Viewing your award letter is a great opportunity to sit down with your family and have a conversation about financial fit. Before you commit to any school, make sure that attendance is affordable for you and your family, and have honest conversations about paying for college.

If you choose to attend the University of Iowa, there are a few final steps we will ask you to complete to finalize your financial aid. If you are receiving merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions, you will need to log into your Admissions Profile and accept those awards. If you are planning to use your student loans, over the summer you will need to complete your student loan entrance counseling and sign your master promissory note. Once you have completed those final steps, your financial aid will be ready to go!

The Office of Admissions and Office of Student Financial Aid are more than happy to help you through any questions you have regarding your financial aid award letter. Be sure to keep in touch! The Office of Student Financial Aid can be reached via phone at (319) 335-1450, and via email at financialaid@uiowa.edu. The Office of Admissions can be reached via phone at 319-335-3847, and via email at admissions@uiowa.edu.

International Ambassadors: Grace Bryant

The University of Iowa is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Our International Ambassadors are students that are excited to make the college search process a little more personal to future Hawkeyes around the globe.

Here, you’ll hear from International Ambassador Grace Bryant, a first year student double majoring in International Relations with Spanish and French minors. She shares why she became a Hawkeye.

Why I Came to Iowa

As a high school student living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I always swore there was NO WAY I was going to attend college in-state. I didn’t want to run into people I knew all the time. I wanted to experience the diversity of a big city. I wanted a vast array of academic and experiential learning opportunities that I didn’t think were available at Iowa state schools.

However, upon visiting the UI campus, my opinions changed. Along with falling in love with the urban-feeling campus, I realized that the University of Iowa offers over 200 areas of undergraduate study, meaning anything and everything I was interested in learning about was likely to be offered here. I was excited to learn that UI has sent students to study abroad on all seven continents and that a high proportion of Iowa students find internships and employment opportunities during their undergraduate years.

Deciding to come to Iowa was one of the best decisions of my life. I have had the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes focused on my various interests. I am preparing to study abroad in Spain in the fall and have received scholarships to do so. I’ve become involved with several student organizations, through which I have met people from all over the state, country and world.

The University of Iowa is a wonderfully diverse campus in which I’ve had the opportunity to pursue my interests and dreams. I couldn’t be happier to be a Hawkeye!

International Ambassadors: Ala Mohamed

The University of Iowa is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Our International Ambassadors are students that are excited to make the college search process a little more personal to future Hawkeyes around the globe.

Here, you’ll hear from International Ambassador Ala Mohamed, a first year student double majoring in Marketing and Chinese. She shares her experience in getting involved on campus with Brand You, a fashion and marketing student organization. In Brand You, Ala is involved with styling and modeling for photo shoots, and promoting the organization to fellow students.

Brand You

One of the most exciting things about Iowa is the opportunity to join clubs and do things you enjoy. I am a big fan of fashion and graphic design, so I joined a club called Brand You and I’ve had the best experience so far.

One project I really enjoyed was a paparazzi styled photoshoot, where models had to pretend to shy away from the camera as if they were some sort of celebrity.

This project was inspired by Balenciaga’s latest Instagram posts which featured models also shying away from the paparazzi, but in Balenciaga’s latest winter collection. I really enjoyed this project because I was able to work with new people while doing something that I love.


10 Reasons You Should be a Hawkeye

There’s something for everyone at the University of Iowa, but here are just 10 of the many reasons you should join the Hawkeye family.

This campusOld Capitol

Take a lap around the University of Iowa’s campus and you’ll realize what we’re  talking about. Whether you’re taking in the beauty of Old Cap or strolling through one of our amazing new buildings, the beauty of campus is hard to beat. Plus, it’s big enough to not feel overcrowded, but small enough to get to where you need to go within 15 minutes by walking, biking, or taking a bus!

World-renowned programs

No matter what you choose to study at Iowa, you’re going to get the education you need to succeed with one (or more) of our 200 areas of study. We have the #1 creative writing program in the U.S., the first ever computer science and engineering program in Iowa, and one of the best teaching hospitals in the country. These are just a few aspects of the amazing academics offered here! From the arts to the sciences and plenty of overlap in between, you’re going to find your perfect major with a stellar program behind it.

Student organizations

There are over 500 student organizations on campus. That means you have 500+ chances to get involved and find your community! Can’t find an organization you want to join? Start one! Whether you’re looking for a creative outlet, a chance to gain career experience, or just fellow Hawks who share your interests, it’s easy to find something you love.

Downtown and CampusThe Iowa City community

Campus and Iowa City are quite literally intertwined. Downtown is located right across the street from the center of our campus: The Pentacrest. It’s a vibrant community with plenty of local shops, restaurants, and festivals for an experience that’s uniquely Iowa City. It’s been named a top five college town several years in a row!

The Hawkeye family

The support you’ll find at Iowa is unlike any other. Just a heads up: “Iowa Nice” is a thing, and we take pride in that. We’re here for you, whether that’s as simple as holding a door or as complex as providing support in a tough time. When you become a Hawkeye, you join a huge family rooting for your success. There are tons of resources on campus ready to help you out. Struggling with a class? Head to the Academic Resource Center. Need career advice? The Career Center is on deck. Just need to talk through something? The Counseling Center is ready to help. Not to mention all the individuals you can go to for help, like your academic advisor, resident assistant, teaching assistants, professors, and even your peers. While you may be leaving your true family back home, this one is the next best thing!

Be part of something bigger than yourself 

Hawkeyes make a difference. Every day, students are raising money for research, building homes, working with patients at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and strengthening the community. You’ve probably heard of The Wave. If you haven’t, get ready to ugly cry: At the end of the first quarter of each home Hawkeye football game, all 70,000 fans in Kinnick Stadium turn and wave to the patients watching from the top floor of the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. This simple gesture that makes a huge impact is just one of the many ways Hawkeyes make the world a better place.

A small Big Ten school

The “Big Ten” title can make the UI seem, well, big. Spoiler alert: It’s actually not as huge as it sounds. Sure, there are over 33,000 total students on our campus, but that won’t stop you from familiar faces giving hearty hellos on your walk to class. The UI’s big-but-not-too-big size is great for anyone, whether you love a smaller community or to be surrounded by lots of people.

Resources to make your ideas reality

The UI has been named one of the top schools for entrepreneurship, and it’s easy to see why. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has been helping students launch startups for over 20 years. With events like the Startup Games, the Business Model Competition, and even the Elevator Pitch Competition, students can walk away with skills to navigate the world of entrepreneurship (and maybe a little cash, too).


Sure, almost any university can offer campus jobs and research positions. But only at the UI can you find the mentors that come with them. These faculty and staff are passionate about what they’re doing, and are eager to help students along their career paths. Fun fact: 1 in 3 undergraduate students are involved in groundbreaking research at Iowa.

The food

Obviously when you get to college, you need to eat! The food options on this campus are boundless. There are 3 dining halls, 14 campus cafes, and a food truck located all around campus for easy access. And guess what? It’s actually good. UI Dining makes all kinds of effort to source local ingredients and come up with different menus for students. There are also ah-mazing made-to-order options, late night stations, and so much more.

So there you have it. Choosing where you’ll spend your next four years is a big decision, but hopefully you choose to join the amazing Hawkeye family!