The Graduate College is invested in helping talented undergraduate students develop the skills necessary to excel in their post baccalaureate pursuits.
- An undergraduate first year seminar course, Grad School: Is It For You? , puts first year students in direct contact with Graduate College Deans and helps them start off on the right path toward graduate education.
- The CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a program to expose talented undergraduates to professional and educational opportunities in the academy. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers by enhancing their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. SROP Scholars may apply online.
- In conjunction with the SROP program, we hold the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference where the University of Iowa's most talented undergraduate researchers from programs across campus showcase their work.
- The University of Iowa offers a variety of undergraduate-to-graduate (U2G) programs. These U2G programs allow talented students to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years instead of six. Additionally, some programs in the Carver College of Medicine enable students to accelerate the pace of their Ph.D. studies.