Des Moines University Points of Pride

One university over 120 years strong

We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.


Year DMU was founded, making us the second oldest osteopathic university


Programs, housed within three Colleges




Producer of family medicine physicians in the nation


Producer of rural physicians in the nation


Medical residency match rate over four consecutive years (DO, DPM)


Of public health students are employed within 90 days of graduation


Alumni around the nation, nearly 3000 of which remain in Iowa


Received by students in scholarships each year

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 nine 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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