The University of Iowa

Academic Services and Support

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center provides academic guidance and support to majority of first year entering students as they enter and make their way through the university. 

Academic Support and Retention

The office provides services and programs which create a seamless transition for new first year and transfer students, leading to student academic success. It develops communication tools to inform students of campus resources and programs to support student success. It also maintains open communication with faculty, staff and parents about issues and resources pertaining to student retention.

CLAS Office of Academic Programs & Student Development

The Academic Programs and Student Development office can answer College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) students’ questions about fulfilling academic potential and graduating on time.

Honors Program

Honors at Iowa enriches the educational experience of academically-talented undergraduates by engaging them in the process of intellectual growth and self-discovery. Honors students acquire a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge base; they also develop skills through learning by doing, with emphasis on mentored research and creative work. Students as a result grow professionally and personally in a way that contributes to their success in a diverse world. The accomplishments of Honors students are formally recognized by the University of Iowa.

Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)

The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) promotes undergraduate involvement in mentored research and creative projects at the University of Iowa. ICRU exists to help students find the right fit and to make sure that its best utlize the skills they learn through their research. 

Pomerantz Career Center

Pomerantz Career Center assists Hawkeyes to become leaders in their careers and communities. The center provides information, inventory, and counseling for students who want help in identifying career interests. It helps students in the "job search" - writing resumes and cover letters and improving their performance in interviews. It also assists students in gaining professional experience with outside organizations through a type of volunteer work or employment called an “internship”.

Additional Career Services Offices on campus include: Engineering Professional Development, Graduate & Postdoctoral Career Services, College of Law Careers, and MBA Career Services

Speaking Center

The Speaking Center offers quality, one-on-one and small group tutoring and consultation to students and instructors on campus who would like to work on any aspect of oral communication. We work with a range of students from many disciplines on such issues as: effective participation in class discussions, crafting and delivering oral presentations, understanding unfamiliar cultural references, interview skills, creative performances, and speech anxiety. We also work with instructors on: crafting clear assignments, fostering classroom presence, ensuring that all students can access their reading assignments, going on the job market, and delivering poster and conference presentations. Appointments are reserved on line and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writing Center

The Writing Center helps all in the University community improve their writing, including attitudes and self-confidence about writing. We also assist with reading. The Writing Center programs are free! All you contribute is time to benefit your writing. Any writers who want feedback on any aspect of writing could use the services of the Writing Center. You would especially benefit from the Writing Center if you are feeling insecure about your writing, if you are anxious or apprehensive about writing, if you are dissatisfied with your skills, or if you find yourself procrastinating. An instructor might also recommend that you come to the Writing Center.

University Libraries

The University Libraries consist of the Main Library and eight departmental libraries--Art, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Music, and Science library. The libraries house over three million volumes and provide a variety of reference and information services. The Main Library also contains microfilm reading rooms, listening rooms for recorded materials, seminar and study rooms, computers for student use, carrels for qualified graduate students, and learning commons. To effectively use the resources of the University of Iowa’s library system you need to become familiar with the computerized database system known as “InfoHawk.” Library information sheets are available at the Main Library or at any of the eight departmental libraries. Questions about the University Libraries may be directed to the Information Desk, Main Library, 335-5299, or to a departmental library. The locations of the departmental libraries are given in the “About the Libraries” and in the “Locations” section of the library web page

UI students can borrow materials from the library with their student identification cards. Non-students who are residents of Iowa may borrow from the library if they have a UI library permit. To obtain a permit you must provide proof of identification and residence (driver's license and checkbook), then fill out an application at the Information Desk.

Study Rooms and Lockers

The Main Library offers a variety of study rooms and lockers to be used. Please see the Main Library Assigned Study Rooms and Lockers website for specific criteria to apply for study rooms and lockers. 

Student Disabilities Services

The Student Disability Services works with students, faculty, and other resources of the university to coordinate accommodations for which students are entitled under federal legislation. Support for students who have disabilities as well as the education of the larger community about disability related concerns allows SDS to facilitate the elimination of barriers regarding students with disabilities.