Education in the Iowa City Area
Leading the Nation
- Based on US Census data (State and Metropolitan Data Book 2010), Iowa City is among the top 10 most educated metros in the country. More than 45 percent of area residents, age 25 years and older, have completed four or more years of college education.
- Five high schools in Iowa's Creative Corridor among 10 Best in Iowa (U.S. News and World Report, April 2013).
- With more than 120 programs, Kirkwood Community College has more academic offerings than any other community college in Iowa.
- Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, the state's first public institution of higher learning, and the world's first university to accept creative work in theatre, writing, music and art on an equal basis with traditional academic research.
Birthplace of Education
Iowa's commitment to quality of life is best exemplified in our commitment to education. The state is the birthplace of the nationally recognized Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Test of Educational Development, two nationally-known aptitude tests for K-12 students, and home of the ACT collegiate entrance exam, headquartered in Iowa City.
The state and our area represent a first-rate, skilled workforce, which also reflects the quality of our education.
Education in the Iowa City area is among the very best in the nation and the area offers many opportunities for life-long learning. The University of Iowa is home of the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the National Advanced Driving Simulator, and one of “America’s Best Hospitals.”