students near fireplace

History of the IMU

The Iowa Memorial Union has been the cornerstone of campus life since it was built in the early 1900s. Plenty of notable visitors have roamed the halls through the years and through the several additions that the IMU has had in its history.

Historical photo of soldiers in front of the Old Capitol

Memorials at the IMU

Several memorials can be found around the IMU. The Memorial Honor Roll in the Hubbard Commons recognizes the students and alumni of The University of Iowa who have given their lives in service to the nation as members of the armed forces.


lbs of food distributed from the IMU food pantry


Hours of events put on by Campus Activities Board(CAB)

Our vision

The IMU will be known for student success and learning, inclusive programs and activities, exceptional hospitality and service, and trusted campus and community partnerships.

Mission, Values & Vision

aerial view of the iowa memorial union during flood

IMU Flood Recovery

After a lengthy recovery process, the IMU Ground Floor re-opened to the public on June 1, 2015. The new 83,000-square-foot ground floor offers a variety of new features including the Union Station Food Court, Hawkeye student lounge, and the River Terrace.

Bridging Our World

Bridging Our World is a display featuring the flags of the countries represented by international students attending the university during the academic semester.

When on display, the flag-lined footbridge is a symbol recognizing the University of Iowa’s international students and their significant role in the life of the university and community.

Upcoming Events at the IMU

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Virtual Mindfulness Workshop

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Intro to Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. The Intro to Mindfulness program… Is taught in four weekly 75-minute classes (a brief model to accommodate busy student schedules) Is structured with daily homework of a mindfulness log and 10 minutes of mindfulness practice Is taught in small groups Register here:

Student Employment Job Fair

Wednesday, August 28, 2024 11:00am to 2:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the variety of student hourly and Work-Study jobs available on the UI campus & at qualified off-campus nonprofit Work-Study sites. The University is excited to have students consider campus employment. Research shows that students who are connected to campus are more successful and more likely to continue enrollment and do well academically. Many first-year students choose student employment as their Pick One. Typically more than 30...
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Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 11:00am to 3:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Get your questions answered and kick-start your global experience at the University of Iowa fall Study Abroad Fair!
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