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Watch Video about DMUFounded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering nine graduate degrees. A health sciences university since adding the colleges of health sciences and podiatric medicine and surgery in 1981, the programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Des Moines University offers degree programs in medicine and the health sciences. We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.


Facts About DMU

DMU Factbook

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Contains many detailed DMU statistics

  • Total enrollment of over 1700 — DMU is the largest medical school in Iowa with approximately 883 students in the osteopathic college. It’s large enough to offer every educational amenity but small enough to focus on excellence.
  • DMU is the second oldest osteopathic school in the country.
  • DMU is one of the top 20 largest medical schools (for D.O.s or M.D.s) in the nation, out of 155 schools.
  • The very first medical class in 1898 included both sexes and today 54% of the student body are women.
  • 66% of students are recruited from other states.
  • Students received more than $3.2 million in scholarships in the ’13-’14 academic year.
  • DMU has over 12,500 alumni and over 2,500 of those are working in Iowa.
  • DMU students and employees serve the community in a wide variety of ways, from free on-campus events like the annual Senior Health Fair and Girls in Science Day to off-campus health screenings, osteopathic manual medicine treatments, health education programs and many more volunteer activities.

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