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Health Sciences Campus

The University of Iowa’s health sciences campus juxtaposes century-old bricks and mortar with the ultramodern architecture of its 21st-century facilities, such as the Medical Education and Research Facility, the Carver Biomedical Research Building, and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. The campus reflects the University of Iowa’s tradition of excellence in education, service, and research as well as commitments to innovation in teaching, the highest quality medical care, and cutting-edge medical science. View a campus map.

University of Iowa Campus

More than 31,000 students attend the University of Iowa, one of the nation’s top public research universities. More than 340 graduate students conduct groundbreaking biomedical research on a vibrant, innovative, and inclusive campus. Twenty-five UI graduate programs and colleges are among the 25 best in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).

The University of Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers Workshop.

Some notable “firsts” about the University of Iowa:

  • First public university in Iowa, founded in 1847
  • First U.S. public university to admit women and men on an equal basis when doors opened in 1855
  • First university to devote a program to rehabilitating children with disabilities
  • First Big Ten institution to appoint an African American to an administrative vice president post (Philip Hubbard, 1966)
  • First state university to officially recognize a gay student organization (1970), offer insurance to employees’ domestic partners (1993), and include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on the application for admission

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a critical part of the University of Iowa’s research, education, and clinical care goals. A diverse student body, faculty, staff and patient population help provide a richer education for all students, and also contribute to a more well-rounded research enterprise. The Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives works closely with administrative offices and community partners to foster an environment where all members of the UI Health Care community feel welcome.

Location, Location, Location

The Insider's Guide to Colleges says our campus is gorgeous, and Iowa City is consistently recognized as one of the best places in the country to live, learn, work, start a business, raise a family, and retire.

Among many accolades, Iowa City has been ranked: