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.

  • 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.

  • We Help Make Your Dreams a Reality With Robust Scholarship Opportunities

    Our students regularly receive more than $5.5 million in scholarship funds.

  • Our Alumni Network Spans the Country — And the Globe

    DMU has an alumni network of over 16,000 with more than 3,100 located in Iowa.

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