Des Moines University Points of Pride

Creating Opportunities for Iowa and Beyond

Des Moines University enhances our quality of life by educating outstanding health providers and leaders; providing expert, compassionate patient care; serving the community in diverse ways; and stimulating the central Iowa community.


Founded in 1898

  • 1,500+ future health leaders annually enrolled in DMU’s three colleges and 10 graduate degree programs.

Preparing exceptional health leaders

  • Students’ professional board/licensure exam pass rates consistently exceed national averages among their peers
  • Osteopathic medicine and podiatric medicine and surgery graduates achieve residency match rates at or near 100 percent annually
  • One of the nation’s top producers of family medicine physicians
Enhancing our community
A great place to work
An economic powerhouse
A community you can call home

DMU quick facts

The University is a community of diverse and talented people. Some key indicators tell the story of the University's exceptional quality.

  • We're big enough to offer powerful amenities but small enough to focus on excellence

    DMU is the largest medical school in Iowa–and among the top 25 largest accredited schools in the nation (for D.O.s or M.D.s)–with more than 880 students in the osteopathic medical program. Year-to-year, the university enrolls over 1,500 students across all 10 programs.

  • We have a rich history of equality and diversity

    The very first medical class in 1898 included both sexes and today 50% of the student body are women. Today, one of our core values is embracing and committing to diversity and inclusivity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.

  • Our students know their stuff

    We have nearly 100% match rates as a three-year average for our D.O. and D.P.M. programs, and 100% three-year averages of the licensure exam pass rate for our D.O., D.P.M., D.P.T., and M.S.P.A.S. programs.

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