Best Medical Schools in Iowa

By | April 29, 2018

Welcome to Iowa best medical schools. Our rankings are based on alumni reviews, research scores received, peer institution assessment and admissions statistics including averaged MCAT scores, undergraduate GPA as well as acceptance rates. Below we list top medical schools in Iowa that are top ranked nationally. You can find tuition cost, total enrollment and composite MCAT score for each school.

  • TIMEDICTIONARY: Overview of major cities and towns in Iowa. Includes history, population and geographical map of Iowa.

Best Medical Schools in Iowa

National Ranking Best Medical Programs
29 University of Iowa (Carver) (Iowa City, IA)
Acceptance rate: 8.7%
MCAT composite score: 10.6
Tuition: Full-time: $30,328 (in-state), Full-time: $41,142 (out-of-state)
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.76
Total medical school enrollment: 586
Full-time faculty-student ratio: 1.6:1
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions): $157.9University of Iowa Medical School

Iowa’s population

About 3,050,000 people live in the state of Iowa (30th place in the USA), while the average population density is about 21 people per km 2 (35th place in the USA).

Despite the prevailing opinion of Iowa as one of the “rural” US states, the majority of the state’s population (more than 60%) lives in cities.

There are no huge metropolitan areas in Iowa; it is not for nothing that the state is sometimes called the “American Outback”. The largest city in Iowa is its capital, Des Moines, with a little over 200,000 people. Other major cities in the state are Cedar Rapids (about 130,000 residents), Davenport (about 100,000 residents), Sioux City (about 85,000 residents), Iowa City (about 70,000 residents).

The largest urban agglomerations in Iowa formed around the state capital, Des Moines (about 575,000 people) and Davenport (about 380,000 people).

The big problem for Iowa is the brain drain. A lot of young people leave the state, primarily from its rural areas, in search of a good education or a well-paid job.

The racial composition of the population of the state of Iowa:

  • White – 91.3%
  • Black (African American) – 2.9%
  • Asians – 1.7%
  • Native Americans (Indians or Eskimos of Alaska) – 0.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino (of any race) – about 5%

The largest ethnic (national) groups among the population of the state of Iowa:

  • Germans – about 36%
  • Irish – about 14%
  • English – about 10%
  • Norwegians – about 6%

The most widely spoken language in Iowa is English, which is considered native by about 94% of the population. In second place is Spanish, which is spoken by about 150,000 people (about 5% of the population), and German is in third (about 17,000 people).

The largest groups among Iowans in relation to religion are:

  • Protestants – about 52%, including:
    • Evangelical Lutherans – about 270,000 people
    • Methodists – about 250,000 people
  • Catholics – about 23%
  • Other religions – about 6%
  • Not religious – about 13%

Historically, there are several “enclaves” in Iowa, where adherents of one or another religious belief live in a small area (for example, the Amish and Mennonites near the city of Kalona or the followers of transcendental meditation, who founded a new settlement at the beginning of the 21st century – Maharishi-Vedik- City).

The state’s three largest institutions of higher education are Iowa State University at Ames, the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls.