Why Iowa?

Why should you consider the University of Iowa and the UI College of Pharmacy? The university is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  It's home to one of the nation's largest and most highly-acclaimed academic medical centers, one of the most prestigious creative writing programs in the world, and more than 200 different academic areas of study for students to explore.  

About the University and Surrounding Community

The Iowa City area community includes CoralvilleNorth Liberty, and other small towns with a combined population of roughly 100,000.

Iowa City features a college-town atmosphere with big-city cultural events that are attractive to both locals and students."
~Livability.com, which has named Iowa City the No. 2 best place to live

The community offers a wide variety of cultural opportunities, Big Ten athletic events, and a variety of businesses (often based on scientific and educational research that originated at Iowa).

Iowa City frequently tops “best-place-to-live” listings in national magazines, due to its excellent public schools; close, safe, and comfortable neighborhoods; and highly educated population. Iowa venues host major poets, writers, artists, historians, scientists, and others throughout the year. In summer, downtown Iowa City comes alive with weekly city-sponsored live music performances.

The Insider's Guide to Colleges says the UI campus is gorgeous, and the Editor & Publisher Market Guide consistently ranks our community among the best places to live in America. If nature helps you refresh your mind, body, and spirit, the UI is close to what you crave. Numerous parks exist on or near campus, and the Iowa River and bike trails run through it. This is a great place to walk, bike, and boat.

Explore a vibrant artistic community, compelling attractions and museums, and the excitement of life as a student at Iowa. Find out more on the UI homepage.

Iowa offers a high-quality education at a reasonable price.

About the UI College of Pharmacy

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the UI College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program #17 among 138 programs nationwide.
  • In a recent review, the graduate program received a "commendable" rating, the highest rank possible.  
  • The UI College of Pharmacy is building a new facility with a completion date set for spring 2020. 
    Ethan Sabers and David Quach speak with a young girl about medication
  • An innovative, forward-thinking PharmD curriculum kicked off in the fall of 2015, titled "Learning and Living Curriculum".
  • Graduate students are a part of nationally competitive programs. They receive generous financial support and get an edge in the job market by taking part in innovative interdisciplinary programs.
  • 621 preceptors enrich UI College of Pharmacy student learning in 20 states and five countries.
  • The UI College of Pharmacy offers seven core regularly-occurring international rotations: in Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, South Korea, two locations in Japan, and beginning in 2017, Romania.
  • UI Pharmacy graduates seeking a residency (PGY1) position in 2016 matched at a rate of 90%, compared to 68% nationally.

(Photo caption: Ethan Sabers and David Quach speak with a young girl about medication.)