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Basic Needs

Campus and community resources that help support basic needs. Food insecurity, child care, health and wellness, mental health, and others are examples of resources you'll find in the directory.


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Fraternity and Sorority Life

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Programs provides support and guidance to the 49 social fraternities and sororities at the University of Iowa. We help students find the opportunity to belong, serve, lead, thrive, and succeed through the fraternal experience.

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Iowa Hawk Shop

Your source for Iowa Hawkeye clothing, textbooks, apparel, gifts, and tech to represent the University of Iowa.

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Iowa House Hotel

The Iowa House Hotel offers beautifully appointed rooms with a scenic view of the Iowa River, right on campus for visiting student families, University guests, and Hawkeye alumni. Become a part of the University of Iowa tradition.

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Iowa Memorial Union

The Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) is the center for student life at The University of Iowa. Opened in 1923, it is home to lecture halls, study spaces, countless student organizations, museums, and more. The IMU also includes the Iowa Hawk Shop, the Iowa House Hotel, and many student services.

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Leadership and Engagement

The Office of Leadership and Engagement helps students develop lifelong leadership skills, offers incredible experiential service learning, and provides civic engagement opportunities to students both on and off campus. We strive to prepare students to lead & serve in their communities!

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Student Accountability

The Office of Student Accountability is dedicated to encouraging to responsible community behavior, educating UI students, and facilitating accountability in situations where violations of the Code of Student Life have occurred.

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Student Care and Assistance

Student Care and Assistance provides resources for students in emergency or crisis situations, and includes a variety of different programs. We know that students may experience a variety of challenges during their college career. Student Care & Assistance is a central location that provides coordinated efforts along with campus partners to assist students with overcoming challenges to be successful and continue towards graduation.

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Student Engagement and Campus Programs

The Office of Student Engagement & Campus Programs assists students in finding opportunities that aligns with their interests, encourages the exploration of new opportunities, and connects them to meaningful experiences, which greatly enhances the quality of their education at the University of Iowa.

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Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provides free, confidential, high quality legal advice and representation to currently enrolled University of Iowa students. Whether you have questions regarding an alcohol offense, are considering a divorce, or need consultation before signing a lease or contract, our professionally-trained staff is ready and willing to help you.

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Student Wellness

Student Wellness provides a range of services to support students' physical and mental well-being. These services include appointments, group workshops, and events that focus on topics such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, alcohol and drug awareness, tobacco and e-cigarette use, sexual health, and sleep. By offering these essential resources, Student Wellness works to ensure the health and success of our student population.

Programs and Support Initiatives

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

We provide a wide range of awesome activities for students every week throughout the year!

Clothing Closet

Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Iowa with access to quality, new or used, professional clothing at no cost.

Critical MASS

Critical MASS mentors provide support and a faculty/staff/graduate student connection for referred students. The program creates a “check-in” system meant to increase accountability for personal behavior on the student’s part and implements an early intervention system that facilitates referrals for needed academic and other support services.

Early Intervention Team

Student success can be hindered by many issues: physical and mental health, personal problems, substance abuse, and finances. The Early Intervention Team (EIT) provides additional support and coordinates the necessary resources to assist the student in getting back on track to success.

Emergency Fund

This fund was created to assist and support University of Iowa students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at the University of Iowa. The fund is supported by the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG).

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at Iowa provides free nutritious food and basic necessities for University of Iowa students, graduate and professional students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. Food accessibility and affordability is important for college students to survive, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and to concentrate in classes.

Free Speech

The University of Iowa is fully committed to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and encourages open dialogue, free inquiry, and healthy, vigorous debate, which are the essence of a public research institution.

Graduate and Professional Student Government

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) represents and advocates for the University of Iowa's graduate and professional students. Their mission is simple - improve the experience of graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa. GPSG is a representative democracy, with delegates elected from all graduate and professional students at the University of Iowa.

Graduation Support Program

The Dean of Students (DOS) Graduation Support Program provides financial assistance for graduation apparel and materials to students experiencing a financial hardship and unable to afford to participate in graduation ceremonies at the University of Iowa.

Harm Reduction

High-risk drinking is a serious public health issue being addressed on just about every college campus across the country. The University of Iowa determined it was necessary to take a proactive and comprehensive approach to reducing high-risk drinking and related harms to our students.

Hawkeye Meal Share

Hawkeye Meal Share is an initiative that gives students the opportunity to donate their unused guest meal swipes online to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in need at the University of Iowa. Students experiencing food insecurity are able to receive meals by contacting Student Care & Assistance or visiting the Hawkeye Meal Share website.

Hawkeye Service Breaks

Hawkeye Service Breaks program exists to promote service-learning, social justice, and community building to University of Iowa students through a service immersion experience. Students learn about leadership models and develop a personal philosophy of leadership.

Mindful and Engaged Hawkeyes

The Mindful and Engaged Hawkeyes initiative encourages UI students to engage in advocacy, be active in their communities, learn from and listen to others, and be inspired to lead change.

Student Name Change Fund

The University of Iowa offers the Student Name Change Fund for any undergraduate, graduate, and professional student needing assistance with legal name changes but with limited financial means or support.

Safe Room Program

The Office of the Dean of Students, in collaboration with the Iowa Memorial Union, provides a safe room program for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in need of an emergency place to stay because of safety or violence concerns.

Student Advisory Board

The Dean of Students (DOS) Advisory Board provides insight on items, issues, and concerns regarding students at the University of Iowa, discusses matters relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and provides advice on shaping the student experience.

Student Organizations

Get involved on campus. There are so many ways to take your education beyond course work at Iowa. Choose from nearly 500 organizations, ranging from Aikido to Dance Marathon, or start your own group!

Undergraduate Student Government

University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) serves and represents all UI undergraduate students. They are the student's voice to local and federal legislators, the Board of Regents, and the State of Iowa. UISG works with students and UI faculty and staff to see that students needs are accounted for, and creates solutions for problems that students face.