What Makes the College of Engineering Unique?

The College attracts students who want to become engineers — and something more, through studies in such areas as music, art, foreign languages, theater, health sciences, and business.  In addition to rigorous core engineering courses, the College also concentrates on developing teamwork, leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, and global awareness among its students.

No "Weed Out" Philosophy

  • The College has no "weed out" philosophy. It puts energy and resources into seeing every first-year student becomes a successful graduate.

Ties to Other Colleges

  • All six engineering programs have close teaching and research ties with the five health sciences colleges on one campus.

Student Statistics

  • In Fall 2014, the College experienced the 10th straight year of undergraduate student growth and a record year of freshman enrollment.  Total College enrollment (undergraduate and graduate) is now about 2,400.

  • Engineering students (6% of total University enrollment) are awarded many of the top first-year student merit scholarships.

  • More than 70% have graduated with a second major, a minor, or a certificate.

  • In the past 34 years, 24 Engineering students have earned the prestigious University of Iowa Hancher-Finkbine Medallion for leadership, learning, and loyalty upon graduation.

  • 22% of undergraduate students are women — above the 17% national average for engineering.

  • Students entering the College have ACT scores that are in the top 10% nationally (28 average on a 36 scale, with both high math and verbal scores).

Technological Entrpreneurship Certificate

  • The College is the first in the U.S. to offer a Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate with an engineering degree.


  • The College has more than 13,400 alumni worldwide. 

  • Nine alumni are members of the National Academy of Engineering.


  • The College excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, including computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, photopolymerization, sustainability, and nanoscience and nanotechnology, among other areas.

  • The University of Iowa has two of only about 50 National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in the U.S. The Photopolymerizations Center and the Center for Virtual Proving Ground Simulation: Mechanical and Electromechanical Systems are directed by College of Engineering faculty. The I/UCRCs have led the way to a new era of partnership between universities and industry, featuring high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support of and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of university developed ideas, research results, and technology to U.S. industry to improve its competitive posture in world markets.

Nationally Ranked Programs

  • The College ranks among the top 20% engineering graduate and undergraduate programs nationally by US News & World Report.


  • 88% of undergraduate courses are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.

  • On average, each faculty member teaches 22 undergraduate students, mentors 4 graduate students, and generates about $600,000 in College and interdisciplinary research funding.

January 2015