Admissions

New Students: Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn't answered here, contact Jill J. Tomkins at 319-335-2686 or Abby Parker at 319-335-1094.

Common Questions After Admission - International Applicants

Transcripts / Obtaining Official Admission

Why does my ISIS Student Portal show that I am not admitted?
What documents do I need to send to Tippie to make my admission official?
Must my transcripts come from the institute or can I send a copy myself?
When is the last date for me to accept or decline Tippie's offer of admission?

Financial Resources

When will I receive information about providing proof of financial resources?
How do I provide proof of financial resources?
How much funding do I need to show proof of for the financial statement?

The VISA / Immigration Document Process

How do I start the student VISA process in my country?
What documents do I need from Tippie to apply for a student VISA?
When will I receive the documents needed to apply for a VISA?

Technology

Mac vs. PC: Is there a preference?
Does the UI offer student discounts on computers, and when can I buy?
Can I get discounted software, too?

Tuition, Payment, Deposit, and Financial Aid

I am paying out-of-state tuition. How can I become a resident?
How do I pay my deposit?
How and when do I pay tuition? When is the first payment due?
When will I get my Graduate Assistantship assignment, and how are assignments made?

IMPACT Week and Orientation

Is attendance at IMPACT Week required? What will we do there? What do I bring?
When is international student orientation?

Schedule & Registration, Textbooks

When do I get my course schedule?
How and when do I register for classes?
When will the textbook list be available?

Housing

Where should I live?
I won't have housing when I arrive and I am an international student. Where should I stay?

Health Insurance

How much is health insurance?
When does my health insurance start?
What does the health insurance plan cover?
Does my health insurance continue in the summer?

Parking

I'll be commuting from outside the Iowa City/Coralville area; where should I park?

Miscellaneous

When are holidays/breaks throughout the school year?
What immunizations do I need before I arrive?
When can I buy student-rate season football tickets?
When can I get my student ID (Iowa One Card)?


Common Questions After Admission - International Applicants

Why does my ISIS Student Portal show that I am not admitted?

Although the MBA program has made the decision to admit you to the program, the University of Iowa may not fully admit you until they receive official transcripts.

If you submitted unofficial (digital) transcripts at the time you applied, your admission is not considered "complete" by the University of Iowa. Your portal may continue to show that you are not admitted until official transcripts have been received in the Office of Graduate Admissions. For information on what exactly constitutes an official transcript, visit our Transcripts page.


What documents do I need to send to Tippie to make my admission official?

We must have official copies of the following:

Transcripts for domestic applicants must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions (click here for mailing address). For international applicants, mail your transcripts directly to Tippie (click here for international transcript mailing address).

Test scores are sent to us digitally by the test provider, but you must request for a score report to be sent to us. Our program code for the GMAT is 4RL-2J-98. For the GRE, the institution code is 6681.

When these items are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, it will be reflected in your ISIS student portal. (International applicants: Please note that ISIS doesn't distinguish between unofficial and official transcripts; look at the received date to determine if they've received your second set.)


Must my transcripts come from the institute or can I send a copy myself?

Transcripts must come directly from the institution. You cannot send a copy yourself.


When is the last date for me to accept or decline Tippie's offer of admission?

Your deadline is included in your admission letter, at the top of the Reservation Form page (typically page 3).


When will I receive information about providing proof of financial resources?
You can send proof of financial resources at any time. You must submit this information using the Financial Statement for International Applicants. Instructions on the form will direct you where to send it once completed.

You may want to review the estimated MBA program costs to find out the amount of financing you will need to prove in order to have satisfactory financial resources.


How and when do I provide proof of financial resources?

You can send proof of financial resources at any time after you are admitted. You must submit this information using the Financial Statement for International Applicants. The form contains instructions of where to send the form, and accompanying paperwork, once its complete.

How much funding do I need to show proof of for the financial statement?
Visit this page to see our Estimated Costs of Attendance. International students with a Graduate Assistantship will use the dollar amount under "International students with 1/4-time or greater graduate assistantships." Deduct your G.A. salary and scholarship from the total and that is the amount you will need to verify. You must show proof of financial resources for one year of study.


How do I start the student VISA process in my country?

This process cannot be started without an I-20 (also known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status For Academic and Language Students). Some international students will be issued a different immigration form; this will depend on your individual circumstances. The majority, however, will receive an I-20.

The University of Iowa issues your immigration document after the following steps are complete:

  • You have completed the financial verification process and provided proof of financial resources to study at the University of Iowa


What documents do I need from Tippie to apply for a student VISA?

Just your immigration document. For most people, this is an I-20 (also known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status For Academic and Language Students). See above for details on this document.


When will I receive the documents needed to apply for a VISA?

See "How do I start the student VISA process in my country?".

 

Technology

I want to buy a laptop for school; is there a preference between Mac or PC?
Oh, the never-ending debate! For the most part, it's personal preference. However, certain quant courses require you to install add-ons to Microsoft Excel to complete homework assignments, and these do not work with Mac. You could partition your Mac hard drive and install Windows 7, then jump over to the Windows side to work on assignments requiring Excel and its add-on applications.

Does the UI offer student discounts on computers, and when do I become eligible to buy?
Yes. After you've sent in your reservation form and committed to joining the class (or, if you are an international student, after all of your academic and financial guarantee requirements have been met), you'll have access to the UI's student computer specials (have your HawkID and password handy). When you're ready to purchase, use your HawkID to login to the purchasing site.

Can I get discounted software, too?
Yes, but not until you have your Student ID (aka the IowaONE Card), which you can get at 3 Jessup Hall on campus. (Get more information on the IowaONE Card.) You can only buy your discounted software after you've registered for classes.

Discounted software can be purchased at the University Bookstore which is located in the University Capitol Centre.


Tuition, Payment, Deposit, and Financial Aid

I am paying out-of-state tuition. How can I become a resident, so I can pay the cheaper resident tuition rate?
View The University of Iowa's residency requirements.

Basically, if you have never been a resident of Iowa, you will not be able to establish residency while attending the MBA program. If you have ties to Iowa, such as having graduated from an Iowa high school or have parents living in the state, contact the Registrar's Office to apply for a review of your residency.

How do I pay my deposit?
Log into ISIS and under 'Student Records,' access your Admissions Profile. Scroll down past the personal information and admissions/test score/transcript summaries to the 'Enrollment Information' section. The second heading, 'Advance Payment,' will include your advance payment (a.k.a. deposit) due date and a link to pay online. If you choose to pay by check, print the payment voucher and mail it along with your check to the Office of Admissions.

Don't see an 'Enrollment Information' section? It can take a couple of business days (perhaps more, depending on application volume) after you are formally admitted for Graduate Admissions to process your formal admission. If you don't see the Enrollment Information section after two weeks, your formal admission may be delayed pending receipt of official transcripts or other documents. This section of the FAQ has more information about official documents. Contact Tippie MBA Admissions to inquire about your application status.

How and when do I pay tuition? When is the first payment due?
Tuition is not charged until August 1st and is not due until the 22nd of August. Payments can be made through ISIS using a U.S. bank account. Check the Billing Office FAQ for details on timing of billing and how to pay in installments. For students receiving financial aid, be aware that financial aidsometimes lags slightly behind the billing, so don't be alarmed if you receive a bill with no financial aid reflected. It is likely in process and will be reflected on ISIS soon.

When will I get my Graduate Assistantship assignment, and how are assignments made?
GA positions are assigned about a week before orientation. You'll be notified of your assignment during IMPACT week (orientation). Unfortunately, we aren't able to make the assignments much before that because the departments often times don't assess their needs until that time. If you have a request for a particular area for your Graduate Assistantship, email Jill J. Tomkins, the Associate Director of MBA Global Learning & Student Services. We are not always able to honor specific requests, but we always consider a student's background and interests when assigning GAs.

IMPACT and Orientation

Is attendance at IMPACT Week required? What will we do there? What do I bring?
IMPACT Week is your official orientation to the program and is required for all incoming students. IMPACT is an action-packed week where you'll learn a lot about your classmates, the program, and expectations. The week's schedule is posted online, and includes information about dress code and any special items you need to bring each day. Our Director of Student Services will reach out to you via email in the weeks before IMPACT with any specifics you need to know about ahead of time.

When is International student orientation?
International student orientation begins on Tuesday of the week before IMPACT and is required for all international students. You should plan to arrive in Iowa City no later than the day before international student orientation. Check out the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website for more details.

Schedule and Registration, Textbooks

When do I get my course schedule?
All first-year students will have the same course schedule in semester one.

How do I register for classes?
You will register for classes during the summer before you start the program. All first-year students will have the same course schedule for the first semester.

When will the textbook list be made available?
Faculty typically submit their textbook list to Student Services in late July to early August, which is when we make the list available to you. We will post textbooks as soon as we receive them on the Textbook List page. You will need to have textbooks for the first 8-week module when classes start.

Housing

Where should I live?
The housing options in Iowa City and the surrounding area are limitless. Start by reviewing the Housing Information we prepared to give students a better idea of the areas where housing is available and the pros and cons of each. Next, check out our Cost of Living info and the Off-Campus Living Guide provided by The University of Iowa.

I will not have housing when I arrive in Iowa City, and I am an international student. Where will I stay?
There are options for temporary housing, but you must arrange these on your own. Visit our temporary housing page for information about temporary housing options.

Health Insurance

How much is health insurance?
Visit the student rates page to see the rate schedule for health insurance. Check out the section under "Plan Comparisons and Rates." If you have been awarded a graduate assistantship, be sure to look at the "Employed Graduate" table to see your out-of-pocket costs for insurance.

When does my health insurance start? What if I want to start it on a different date?

International Students

International students are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan called SHIP for the month of August. You will be billed the monthly premium on your University Bill (view rates here, under Plans Comparisons and Rates). If you want to decline the university's plan, you will need to show proof of insurance and it must meet minimum requirements (download a Proof of Coverage form).

Domestic Students

Benefits can begin either August 1 or September 1 as long as the enrollment form is submitted by September 15. Indicate your desired start date on the enrollment form in the "effective date" field (download an Enrollment Form at the links below).

Graduate Assistants: Coverage at the Employed Graduate Student rate begins the first day of the month following your appointment (which would be September 1). In order to obtain coverage effective August 1, you would need to first enroll in the health insurance plan as a Gradate Student (not an Employed Graduate Student) for the month of August only. See the links below for detailed information about each plan:

What does the health insurance plan cover?
Visit the Student Health Benefits page for full details on the coverage of the health insurance plans.

Does my health insurance continue in the summer while I'm in an internship?
As long as you are pre-registered for the fall, yes, it will cover you over the summer. It will not cover you or your family after you graduate.

Parking

I'll be commuting from outside the Iowa City/Coralville area; what are my parking options during the school year?
If you live outside Iowa City or Coralville city limits, you can either find on-street parking each day (not necessarily a fun strategy) or purchase a parking permit. The most popular lot for MBAs is the Hancher Auditorium Lot, and a school year pass runs around $300. The upside is that you will always have a place to park, but there is a decent up-front cost associated with this option.

If you need to buy a lot permit, log into ISIS and go to My Uiowa -> My Parking.

Miscellaneous

When are holidays/breaks throughout the school year?
Visit the U of Iowa master calendar for a list of holidays and days when classes will not be held.

What immunizations do I need before I arrive?
Immunization requirements for international graduate students are covered on UI Student Health website.

When can I buy student-rate season football tickets?
The ticket office typically holds to the rule that students can only buy tickets after they're registered for classes, which happens over the summer for MBA students. To secure season football tickets before then, you'll need to contact the ticket office and take a few extra steps.

After you send in your reservation form to save your space in the class, call the ticket office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS. Have your Student ID number handy (go into ISIS, My Uiowa, and My University ID). Explain that you would like to create an account to buy tickets online. You may need to tell them you're an MBA student who isn't oriented until mid-August and you won't register for classes until July. Using the account login they give you, go to www.hawkeyesports.com and purchase your student tickets. Once you arrive on campus, you can pick up your tickets at the Ticket Office, located at the north entrance of Carver Hawkeye Arena.

When and where can I get my student ID (IowaONE Card)?
You can get your student ID (aka your IowaONE Card) before you're formally registered for classes; we recommend waiting until after August 1 to do this to ensure your enrollment as a student is complete before getting yours. More information can be found on the Iowa One Card page.