First-Year Students

WELCOME TO ENGINEERING@IOWA!  The Engineering@Iowa Viewbook is a great place to start learning more about us. Click here.

On the University of Iowa admissions website, you'll find the application for admission, how to schedule a visit to campus, info on $$ (costs & scholarships), and much more.

On the College of Engineering website, you'll find info on the College, a section for future students, resources for current students, a link to each department, info on research, and much more. If you'd like to follow the College of Engineering on social media, Facebook: @UIowaEngineering, and Twitter: @UIowaEngr.

In Engineering@Iowa, we want our students to become ENGINEERS ... 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.

Fall 2019 DIRECT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for incoming FIRST-YEAR engineering students:

It is highly recommended that applicants for admission to the College of Engineering have:

  • One year (or more) of high school physics;
  • One year (or more) of high school chemistry;
  • Grades of A or B in all math and science courses.

Direct Admission. Students meeting the engineering admission requirements are admitted directly into the College of Engineering. Students can choose to study whichever engineering major they're interested in, and can switch majors easily if their interests change. There is no "weed-out" philosophy in Engineering@Iowa ... we focus on providing our academically stellar students with resources and support to meet the academic challenges of earning an engineering degree.

Engineering students are provided INCREDIBLE RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITIES designed to enhance their success, including all of the following:

  • Enrollment in professor-taught engineering classes from the first-semester on, including a required Engineering Success course. 
  • Free tutoring in calculus, chemistry, physics, and all the core engineering classes.
  • Opportunity to live on-campus in the People in Engineering (PIE) and/or the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) living/learning community.
  • Access to and advising by engineering faculty and staff members.
  • Workshops and seminars designed to enhance understanding of the field of engineering, professional opportunities, and strategies for success.
  • Engineering Professional Development office to assist students with all aspects of career services including engineering career fairs, resume-writing, interviewing skills, and connecting students with employers who are seeking top engineering talent.
  • 24/7 access to the amazing Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences, the 330,000 square-foot engineering building, which houses classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, research labs, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, the Hanson Center for Technical Communications, the Fethke Rooftop Terrace, the Virginia A. Myers NEXUS of Engineering and the Arts program, and more. A new 65,000 sq-ft annex opened in October 2017.

Click on "in this section" for info on Student Ambassadors, Degree Programs, Collaboration with the Arts.

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