University of Iowa

UI Academic Mission

The university's mission statement, core values, and strategic goals are articulated in Renewing The Iowa Promise: A Strategic Plan for The University of Iowa, 2010-2016.


In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.

Core Values

In planning, setting priorities, and carrying out every aspect of its mission, the University of Iowa is guided by seven interdependent commitments:

Excellence | Learning | Community | Diversity | Integrity | Respect | Responsibility


The culture of the University of Iowa has been formed through historic adherence to core values.  The culture is characterized by collaborative decision making within a community that fosters open and consultative communication.