News for parents

The University of Iowa values our relationship with parents and keeping parents informed of what's happening on campus. This page is updated regularly with news items of interest to parents. The UI also produces the parent email, Parent Webinars, and parents can also follow news on Iowa Now, the official University of Iowa news page. 

UI Alumna Elle Wignall reflects on her study abroad experience in Ireland

Elle Wignall (B.A. English ’13) studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. After graduation, she returned to Ireland for a nanny position in Cork, Ireland, before returning to Iowa to work as a business communications consultant at Wells Fargo in Des Moines.Continue reading...

Posted February 20, 2018

Study Abroad to host geographic-specific info sessions week of Feb. 26

Take the first step to studying abroad! Join UI Study Abroad for a series of information sessions taking place during the week of February 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union. Learn the basics about study abroad and discover what types of programs are offered in each area around the world!...Continue reading...

Posted February 20, 2018

Andrew Broderick reflects on his study abroad experience in Australia

Andrew Broderick (B.S. human physiology ’16) studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. Now in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Iowa, Broderick took a break from his studies to share information about his study abroad experience, as well...Continue reading...

Posted February 20, 2018

Ewing family capitalizes on study abroad

Joe and Brenda Ewing of Iowa City raised their kids to be curious about the world. Discussions around the dinner table included current events and what they might mean for Iowa. Family vacations exposed them to great museums and unfamiliar cities, and some of the travel was international.Continue reading...

Posted November 2, 2017

Mom and Dad of the Year recognized during Family Weekend

Two University of Iowa parents were the center of attention Oct. 28 during the Family Weekend game-day breakfast and at halftime of the Hawkeye football game, when they were honored as the UI’s Mom and Dad of the Year. Continue reading...

Posted October 30, 2017

Posted by Sara Moninger - UI Office of Strategic Communication

UI undergraduate awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

University of Iowa honors student Allison Schafer has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad this semester. The Gilman Scholarship seeks to strengthen intercultural understanding and prepare undergraduates for a global economy... Continue reading...

Posted September 22, 2017

Meet our Fall 2017 Study Abroad bloggers!

We're excited to announce our Study Abroad Bloggers for the fall 2017 semester! These unique individuals were selected from a competitive pool of writers to tell the story of their destination and represent the voice of University of Iowa students while abroad. Continue reading...

Posted September 22, 2017

Study abroad hosts Sept. 28 info session on New Zealand

Learn about New Zealand’s beautiful culture and academic offerings at Victoria University of Wellington. Meet a local representative from Victoria and learn how you can make your dream of studying in New Zealand a reality at an upcoming info session Thursday, September 28, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Continue reading...

Posted September 22, 2017

Gilman scholarship info sessions to be held for Spring and Summer 2018

Please join International Programs for one of several information sessions to discuss the process of applying for a Gilman Scholarship. Continue reading...

Posted September 22, 2017

Q&A with Carli Brucker about her study abroad experience in Hong Kong

Undergraduate engineering student Carli Brucker studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. To help fund her study abroad experience, Brucker used the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant. She also applied for and received a Global Engineering Scholarship.Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Syrian student fell in love with Iowa during a family visit, stayed to complete BA in music, then PharmD

The first time Mousa Abuissa saw the University of Iowa campus, he was on a vacation with his parents and sister, who had traveled from Syria to visit his uncle in Iowa City. At the end of the trip, Abuissa’s parents asked him if he wanted to stay.Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Q&A with Mandy Gavin studying abroad in Hong Kong

Mandy Gavin, University of Iowa undergraduate engineering student, studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2015. She applied for and received several scholarships, including a Global Engineering Scholarship and a Center for Asian and Pacific Studies Study Abroad in Asia Scholarship.Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

UI staff co-author chapter on international student employment

Navigating the employment rules and challenges faced by international students can be a considerably complicated affair for students, employers, and university staff. But now campus faculty and staff interested in becoming more familiar with federal immigration processes and laws have a new resource, thanks to an article co-authored by Lee...Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Discover study abroad opportunities at the fall fair Sept. 19

Curious about what it's like to study abroad, but aren't sure where to begin? Get your questions answered and kick start your global experience at the upcoming fall study abroad fair! Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Q&A with Qingyang Su about his experience as an international student at the University of Iowa

Qingyang Su, an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering, is an international student at the University of Iowa. Hailing from Beijing, China, Qingyang has embraced the opportunity to learn about American culture, meet new people, and challenge himself through research and teaching assistant experiences.Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Global Citizens

"Wherever you're from, whoever you are, you are welcome here."Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

Hometown Hawkeye: Farfum Ladroma

Standing in the middle of T. Anne Cleary walkway on the University of Iowa campus in 2005, Farfum Ladroma, of Manning, Iowa, saw his future: “This is where I need to be,” he thought. And, as with most things with Ladroma, thought turned into action.Continue reading...

Posted August 7, 2017

UI parents share advice for move-in day

Moving a child to college is a big transition for everyone. To help ease what’s sure to a busy and emotional day, we asked seasoned UI parents to offer words of wisdom to the parents of this year’s incoming class. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading...

Posted June 30, 2017

Student employment programs a win-win for students’ future success, UI’s mission

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, I and my fellow student workers at the Main Library cataloged books in a shelving room, loaded up carts, and made our way around the library returning books to their proper locations.Continue reading...

Posted June 19, 2017

Posted by Sarah Hansen

University of Iowa names new vice president for student life

The University of Iowa has named Melissa Shivers the next vice president for student life.Shivers has 20 years of experience serving students and is currently associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a role she has held since June 2014. Continue reading...

Posted May 25, 2017

Posted by Office of Strategic Communications

Record 16 UI students, alumni receive Fulbright awards for 2017–18

Sixteen University of Iowa Students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research, attend graduate school, undertake creative projects, or serve as English teaching assistants abroad in 2017–18. This number surpasses the UI’s previous record of 15 set last year. Continue reading...

Posted May 11, 2017

Posted by Hayley Bruce

University of Iowa graduates to celebrate commencement

Ceremonies begin May 11, wrap May 26About 4,800 University of Iowa students will receive their degrees at spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, which begin Thursday, May 11, with the College of Pharmacy and end on Friday, May 26, with the College of Dentistry. Continue reading...

Posted May 4, 2017

Posted by Office of Strategic Communication

Parent Times, May 2017

Information about spring graduation, student honors, an innovative and heartwarming senior project, and other University of Iowa news...Continue reading...

Posted May 2, 2017

Four finalists for VP for student life to visit campus, hold open forums

The University of Iowa Vice President for Student Life Search Committee has announced the dates of public forums for the four final candidates for the position. The forums will take place the week of May 1 and will consist of a presentation by the candidate followed by a brief Q&A... Continue reading...

Posted April 27, 2017

Posted by Cristóbal McKinney

President Harreld on the value of public universities’ work

Earlier this month, Tom Rice, director of the UI’s Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines, wrote a wonderful piece about some of the commonly overlooked ways a university serves its surrounding community. He was able to succinctly express that even though we can study the positive economic impact... Continue reading...

Posted April 20, 2017

Posted by Bruce Harreld

Big Ideas classes creating lifelong learners

Program takes interdisciplinary approach to course curriculaStudents in a Big Ideas course on evolution and life examine a fossil and make observations in small groups for a class assignment. The Big ideas courses explore broad concepts and are team taught by faculty members from different academic departments. Continue reading...

Posted April 13, 2017

Posted by Sara Epstein Moninger

UI undergrads tackle pressing health problems

Heart disease. Diabetes. Alzheimer’s. Most people reading this know someone affected by one of these serious medical conditions. They take a huge toll on populations across the globe, leading to millions of deaths each year and billions of dollars in health care costs. Continue reading...

Posted April 6, 2017

Posted by Sara Epstein Moninger

Parent Times, April 2017

Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, writes about how much time your student should devote to studying and what steps students should take if they need help in a class. Continue reading...

Posted April 4, 2017

Presidential message: Devaluing public universities harms research, innovation

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in the Lincoln Project forum where, among others, former University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman spoke about the difficulties faced by public universities. I encourage you to read the Lincoln Project’s recent report about how to make sure institutions... Continue reading...

Posted March 27, 2017

Posted by Bruce Herreld

11 UI graduate programs in national top 10

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional schools in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. The 2018 rankings for each respective college at the UI are listed below. Continue reading...

Posted March 16, 2017

Posted by Tom Snee

Parent Times, March 2017

UI President Bruce Harreld explains how the Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021 promotes student achievement, and shares some examples of the outstanding Iowa programs and facilities that help Hawkeyes succeed. Continue reading...

Posted March 8, 2017

Offering what no classroom can

Dozens of University of Iowa students and faculty each year choose to spend three weeks of the cold Midwest winter in the warm, sunny regions of India as part of an observational learning program called India Winterim. Continue reading...

Posted March 2, 2017

Posted by Cristóbal McKinney

Sue Curry named interim provost

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld has appointed Sue Curry interim executive vice president and provost beginning April 1, 2017. Curry has served as dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy since 2008. Continue reading...

Posted February 27, 2017

Posted by Office of Strategic Communication

President Harreld: Strategic Plan 2016–2021 promotes student success

The University of Iowa prides itself on the achievement of its students. Student Success is one of the pillars of the University of Iowa’s collaboratively written Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021—which I encourage you to read here—and we have worked hard to make the UI a welcoming, inclusive, and productive... Continue reading...

Posted February 23, 2017

Posted by Bruce Harreld

Parent Times, Feb. 2017

To help celebrate the university's 170th birthday, Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life, shares what he loves about the University of Iowa. Continue reading...

Posted February 22, 2017

Iowa City ranked the #5 best college town in the country

The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Iowa City the #5 best college town in the country for its artsy vibes, remarkably low unemployment rate and diverse population.Iowa City, which straddles the both sides of the Iowa River, ranks fifth among our college towns due to its educated and diverse populace. Continue reading...

Posted January 18, 2017

Best campus clicks of the year

This image of the sunset reflected on the Iowa River is one of 30 photos selected by photographers from the UI Office of Strategic Communication as their favorites of 2016. Photo by Justin Torner.From a cute cat and a reveling wrestler to beautiful buildings making their campus debut, photographers in...Continue reading...

Posted January 12, 2017

Stress tips for finals week

Unfortunately, a completely stress-free finals week isn't possible. The key is managing it before it manages you! Have your student try these tips: Continue reading...

Posted December 12, 2016

Textbooks Made Easy

Having to purchase their own textbooks is a major change from what your student is used to from high school. Students in college are responsible for finding out ahead of time which books are required for their courses, purchasing them, and bringing them to class during the first week. Continue reading...

Posted May 25, 2016

University of Iowa announces new statewide scholarship program

The University of Iowa announced March 2 that it has partnered with the scholarship platform on a statewide pilot project to encourage and improve college readiness among Iowa high school students. Continue reading...

Posted March 9, 2016

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