Six Steps to Becoming a Hawkeye

  1. The Application Process
    • Fill out an application before March 1st. It’s all online and self-reporting so I promise it won’t take you very long.6-steps-to-becoming-a-hawkeye
    • Pay the $40 application fee and hit submit
    • Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to us (Institutional codes are 1356 for the ACT and 6681 for the SAT)
  2. Take a look at our merit-based scholarships!
    • Here is a full list of incoming first-year scholarships through the Office of Admissions
    • But some departments also offer first-year scholarships so look through the Iowa Scholarship Portal once you’ve been admitted.
    • Look at outside scholarships! Who doesn’t love free money?!
  3. Seriously considering Iowa? Fill out the housing application
    • If you want to be given top priority in your housing preferences don’t wait to fill it out!
    • Application opens beginning of November
    • Pick your top Living Learning Communities and pay your housing application fee
  4. Financial Aid
    • Interested in potentially more free money? It doesn’t hurt to fill out the FAFSA, that’s free, and apply for more aid.
    • Watch our financial aid webinar that’s being hosted on November 2nd by signing up on tv.
  5. Spring rolls around and you’re still not sure that Iowa is for you… come to one of our Admitted Student Visit Days!
    • Sign up through our Admission Visitors Center for either a visit day or individual visit to campus by calling 319-335-1566 or emailing
  6. Become a first year student, make a bunch of new friends, and go change the world!

Honors Program

The University of Iowa has a wonderful Honors Program and we’re here to tell you all about why you’d want to join. Program acceptance comes with benefits, challenges, and opportunities. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it!

So, why is our Honors Program a great option for high-ability students? The short answer:

  • The program provides both structure and flexibility in academics.
  • We are a research 1 institution, which means students can pursue research in any field.
  • We’re a large school that provides scope for all sorts of interests, so you can make friends in areas ranging from arts to clubs and sports.
  • Students are encouraged to develop the skills they will need to pursue their passions both during their time here and after graduation.
  • Attend honors seminars and classes and receive specialized support from Honors Program staff.
  • Make friends with common interests – intellectual pursuits and fun alike.

We mentioned that there are opportunities that come with going through the Honors Program. Here are just a handful of examples of what we mean!

  • For our health sciences students: volunteering, job shadowing, or doing research with faculty members in our hospitals and clinics.
  • The Center for Computer-Aided Design has undergraduates from disciplines like engineering, human physiology, and computer sciences involved in cutting-edge research alongside grad students and faculty.
  • Business students can hone their skills in the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance, the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management & Insurance, and the Iowa Electronic Markets.
  • Students in the arts and humanities benefit from Iowa City being the cultural capitol of the state – we’re the only UNESCO City of Literature in North America and the home to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, plus we have a thriving arts campus with 3 new high-quality arts and music buildings opening in 2016!

Now that we’ve piqued your interest here’s how you can join Iowa’s Honors Program:

  • Earn a 3.8 cumulative GPA in high school (weighted is acceptable)
  • Receive a minimum of a 30 ACT (1330 SAT – no super-scoring!)

Fall just short of those requirements? You can apply through the Selective Admission process. No application necessary for students who meet Honors Program admission standards.

If you’re still not sold, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions or the Honors Program directly to ask your specific questions!

Laura Goddardgoddard
Senior Admissions Counselor
The University of Iowa
Office of Admissions

An amazing opportunity for Iowa’s current students

The Pomerantz Career Center is a wonderful resource for current students who are looking for some guidance on how to prepare for their future careers. The Career Center provides a range of services including assistance with cover letter and resume writing and helps connect employers to students seeking a job or internship.Mark - professional

Participating in an internship is a great opportunity to ‘test drive’ a career to see if it’s a good fit; it will help you network with individuals in that field, you could earn possible college credit and develop new skills in the ‘real world’. The Career Center has over 1,000 internships listed on their website alone not to mention the internships that you can go out and search!

Mark - IowaI had the pleasure to speak with recent alumnus, Mark Summerside ’15, who is currently employed by The Washington Center, a program and internship opportunity that has been working with the University of Iowa for years. The Washington Center offers semester and summer-long internships to students from around the nation and world to gain experience in our nation’s capital.

The Washington Center interns are placed in internships based on their career goals and interests. When Mark was a student here at Iowa he participated in the Political Media internship.

Mark in DC“This is not a cliché internship,” says Mark. “Students are given tasks that current employees would complete.”
Students also have the opportunity to attend all Washington Forum seminars and events. Participating in this semester long internship does not push back your graduation time line as you receive college credit!

Learn about other internships offered to University of Iowa students on the Career Center website. And don’t hesitate to contact Mark at or to learn more about the wonderful opportunities that The Washington Center can offer you!




Kelsey Anderson
Assistant Director for Prospect Development
The University of Iowa
Office of Admissions