The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center has offered early entrance to university programming since 1999. Research shows that students who enter and graduate from college early report more career and life satisfaction. Our program is the only early entrance program at a public research intensive institution, accepting students from across the country and around the globe. We create a residential community for our students as they leap from their sophomore year in high school to the stimulation of university research and course work.

Students entering through our academy are regular University students—taking classes, using libraries and labs, living in residence halls, and planning their studies. Like all other first-year students, our students choose majors from any of the University’s undergraduate colleges. Yet our early-entrance students have the advantage of living together in the honors residence hall, supported by meetings with the professionals at the world-renowned Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, right next door.