College of Engineering Campus Experience and Academics
20 research locations covering six academic programs means numerous options for you.
BECOME AN ENGINEER ... AND SOMETHING MORE. Engineering students at Iowa are smart, interesting people good at working in teams to solve problems. They're also international travelers, Big Ten athletes, Hawkeye Marching Band members, leaders of student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, hospital volunteers, student senators, dance marathoners, intramural competitors, researchers, and more.
DIRECT ADMISSION into ENGINEERING and into the MAJOR OF YOUR CHOICE: Students are admitted directly into the College of Engineering from high school or upon transfer from another institution. From the start, students can choose to study any engineering major and can change majors at any time. There are no GPA cutoffs or quotas by department, no "weeding out" of students. We want students to study what they are interested in and passionate about. Engineering at Iowa students take three semesters of courses in common which gives students time to settle on the right engineering major while still staying on track to graduate in four years.
The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa is Engineering at Iowa students benefit from a small(er) College of Engineering nestled within a Big Ten, Research One university. In fall 2020, there were 431 first-year students and 1990 total undergrads in Engineering at Iowa. There are great advantages in an environment where students and faculty know each other well and feel part of a unique engineering community. Add that to the excitement of being on a Big Ten campus with incredible athletics & performing arts, interesting research & politics, engaging speakers and people to meet from around the country and around the world, and the academic and social environment is hard to beat.
Yes! Engineering at Iowa provides a supportive and collaborative community within the University of Iowa. Faculty members teach all the classes ... teaching assistants are there to assist the teachers, not be there instead of them. From free tutoring five nights a week and group projects to over 30 engineering student organizations and plentiful opportunities to do research with faculty members, we promote teamwork, creative problem-solving, and leadership skills which allow our students to become successful engineers.
Approximately, 29% of the Fall 2020 first-year students in Engineering at Iowa are women ... compared to the national average of just 20%. Under-represented minority (American Indian, African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islanders, and Multi-Racial) students account for 17% of the first-year students. Everyone is welcome in Engineering at Iowa ... and everyone can benefit from the variety of experiences and backgrounds, talents and perspectives that our students bring to the College of Engineering and to the University of Iowa.