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 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 and... 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 a university... 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 like the... 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. She replaces P. 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 environment... 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


"Hawkeye Hugs from Home" Care Package Program

The care package will arrive a month after students begin classes at the University of Iowa for the second semester (mid-February). In the midst of midterms, papers, quizzes, and late-night study sessions, a package from home can brighten a student’s day. For more information visit www.iowalum.com/carepackage/. Continue reading...

Posted January 31, 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 the...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 Raise.me 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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