Hard to beat for finding your community

The MBA experience isn’t limited to the insides of a classroom. It combines the community where you live, the groups you join, the activities you are a part of...the sum total of everything outside the classroom.

Iowa City: surprisingly awesome

If you’ve never been here, we can guarantee one thing: our city is not what you expect. (Let me guess: you’re picturing corn, aren’t you?)

Iowa City is a vibrant college town that tops the “best of” lists, a multicultural oasis with the University of Iowa nestled in its center.

In five minutes or less, walk from class to a cupcake shop, from a falafel joint to the business library, or from your Thursday afternoon class to Moscow Mules on a downtown patio. There’s something for everyone: art, music, creative cuisine, literature, recreation, farmers markets, and oh yeah—Big Ten sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

True, you could see ears of corn piled high at the farmers market. Otherwise, there isn’t a tractor in sight. You simply cannot beat the home of the Iowa MBA.

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Student Story
Sam Atari

Find your community

When Sam Atari was looking at grad programs, the Iowa MBA program really stuck out to him. He came to the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree, and the more he looked into the Iowa MBA, the more he was impressed with the quality of the program. He was also excited to get back into the Iowa City community again.

 “You go downtown on a Friday evening, you’ll see in the Pedmall every type of person there, eating and shopping,” Sam says. “Regardless of background or socioeconomic status there’s a strong cohesion within the city. That’s one of my favorite parts for sure.”

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Join a student organization

Between student orgs exclusively for MBAs and the hundreds of options offered by the university, you’ll find your people.

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Case competitions

It’s okay if you’ve never heard of a case competition, or aspired to compete in one. Case competitions are the “varsity sport” of MBA programs—a forum for facing off against the best and brightest of your MBA peers around the country. You’ll analyze, hypothesize, strategize, and present your findings to solve a business problem. Best of all: the winners typically take home a big, fat check.

We sponsor teams in 10 competitions a year, from Northwestern to TCU, including our own: the Iowa MBA Business Analytics Case Competition. Registration fees and all travel expenses are covered.

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Alumni Story
Vinod Ramachandram

"The ability to take concepts and apply them to case studies or to real-world consulting projects without the fear of failure was the best experience I got.”

Women’s Leadership

Women make 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. They’re largely missing from the C-suite, and make up a disproportionately small share of business leaders. The outlook is no better in full-time MBA classrooms, where women make up far less than half the student body. We’re addressing the issues behind this disparity head on through special programming exclusively for women MBAs.  

 How we create women leaders