THE University of Iowa College Credit

Across the University of Iowa, innovation and entrepreneurship are acknowledged as crucial to young people's future success. That’s why the University of Iowa's Jacobson Institute, creator of STEM Innovator®, and the Tippie College of Business have partnered to offer high school students college credit. STEM Innovator®students who qualify earn three transferable college credits. Demonstrate you have the 21st Century Skills and knowledge to succeed in the future. 

  • STUDENTS: High school students may qualify for college credit if they complete a course with a STEM Innovator® certified instructor. Students are eligible with the successful completion of a STEM Innovator®portfolio and proficiency exam.  Students earn three University of Iowa credits at a reduced course fee of $150 from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, part of the Tippie College of Business
  • TEACHERS: Must be STEM Innovator®Certified or co-teach with a STEM Innovator®Certified instructor for students to participate.

Earning STEM Innovator®college credits is a significant achievement. The top 10% of national finishers are named STEM Innovator®Scholars. Congratulations to the students who achieve this honor!

There are many reasons why earning college-level credit is beneficial. They include:

  • Sense of achievement. An official transcript from the University of Iowa, a Tier 1 research institution, demonstrates the student's ability to succeed at college-level work while still in high school.
  • Credits may help a student stand out for college admissions and scholarship applications.
  • Credits are transferable to most colleges and universities, and may reduce a student's college course load and tuition dollars spent.


Qualified students may obtain the college credits by submitting an application form and payment to the University of Iowa.


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