As a center of innovation and discovery, the College of Engineering is constantly pushing boundaries and finding new solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa is making an impact on the world by addressing grand challenges in advanced technologies, health sciences, sustainability, energy, and the environment. Our talented faculty, staff, and students are tackling these challenges head-on, leading to new technologies and innovations that improve the quality of life for our community, the state, and people around the globe.

Our graduates are not only highly skilled in their fields, but they are also ethical, globally-aware citizens whose work throughout their careers make the world safer and our use of resources more efficient.

Guided by our values, plans, and goals, the College of Engineering Strategic Plan 2021-2026 sets the course for the new heights the college will achieve in the coming years.    

The College of Engineering is part of the University of Iowa, one of America’s premier public research universities. Founded in 1847, it is the state’s oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

Iowa is known for excellence in both the arts and sciences, offering world-class undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a variety of fields.

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Student Success

Provides a world-class engineering education that equips students with global awareness, communication skills, and the ability to work within a team.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community

Promotes an atmosphere that values diversity and community partnerships, works to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment, and aims to recruit, retain, and advance a diverse student body, staff, and faculty.

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Emphasizes internationally recognized research programs and interdisciplinary engineering research to be a leader in tackling the grand challenges of the 21st century. Fosters a culture of excellence where faculty, staff, and students work to advance the research mission.

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Encourages leadership, service, and high-value engagement opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students. Builds strong relationships with our alumni and deploys our expertise to drive economic development and sustainability.

Key facts about the college


total students in Fall 2022

$ 49M

Research expenditures in FY21


faculty members, including two National Academy of Engineering members

> 15,000

alumni in all 50 states and >80 countries

Why Iowa?