Melissa Shivers Melissa Shivers, VP for Student Life

2017-2018 Year in review

Each fall, the Division of Student Life has an opportunity to showcase some of the accomplishments from the previous academic year. It is something I look forward to enthusiastically. I see the work of this dedicated and loyal team every single day, so it gives me great pleasure to be able to share it with you.

Giving students a well-rounded, positive experience during their time at the University of Iowa is our number one goal, and we embrace the important role that Student Life plays in shaping that experience. The staff is committed to presenting students with opportunities for co-curricular learning, leadership, and personal growth.

8,408 Events in the IMU

52% of all events scheduled in the IMU are student events.

1,422,972 Visits Student visits to recreational facilities

Recreational Services operates out of ten facilities located throughout the campus.

1,264 Students Served by Student Disability Services
5,168 Hours Group Counseling
3M+ Raised by UIDM for Children's Hospital
4 Cultural and Resource Centers

The Centers provide a "Home Away From Home" atmosphere for many students, intra-and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, and social justice education.

1,363 Students Employed by University Housing & Dining

Students work across 10 residence halls, 3 market places, and 14 retail/c-store locations.

2018 Key Statistics The Division of Student Life fosters student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally
purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.
3 Sections of Flip the Script.
560 Meals Distributed through Hawkeye Meal Share
180+ Total attendance at Womxn of Color Network events.
98% Overall satisfaction reported by patients for their visit to the IMU Nurse Care.

Services at IMU Nurse Care include vaccinations, assistance filling out forms, help with scheduling an appointment at the main clinic, and answering students’ questions.

24 Student Interns Who gained hands-on experience and training.

24 student interns gained hands-on experience and training, preparing them for post-graduation success in the fields of marketing, communications, design, digital production, and web development.

45 Years of RVAP providing advocacy, support, and prevention to the campus and the community.

Featured Articles From 2017-2018

Iowa Challenge

The IOWA Challenge expresses important principles that help students succeed in the classroom and beyond. It establishes what the University of Iowa expects from its students, and what students should expect from themselves and each other. In essence, it’s a mission statement for UI students.

About the Year in Review

The Division of Student Life Year in Review is produced as a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Student Life Marketing + Design, and communications, marketing, and outreach staff from departments within the Division. We hope you enjoy learning about how the Division of Student Life contributes to student success through these stories. For more information, contact