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MIU at a glance

  • Accreditation: MIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting agency for universities and colleges in the North Central region of the US. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Non-profit: Maharishi International University is a fully independent, nonprofit, Iowa corporation and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Founder: In 1971, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded the University and developed Consciousness-Based education so students could gain deep self-knowledge while studying the academic field of their choosing.
  • campus mapCampus: Our 370-acre campus has 45 buildings including a 60,000-square-foot recreation center. Sustainability features include our net-positive Sustainable Living Center and a 1.1 megawatt state-of-the-art solar array – one of the most advanced in the world.
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  • Location: The campus is located in Fairfield, Iowa, a vibrant community of 10,000 dedicated to sustainability, health, arts, and doing good things for the world. Fairfield was named Entrepreneurial Community of the Year by the State of Iowa and has garnered more than $200 million in locally invested venture capital.
  • Enrollment: 2,412 total students (474 undergraduate and 1,938 graduate)
  • Academic programs: MIU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs on-campus and online. In addition, a variety of unique enrichment programs are available online.
  • Programs we’ve pioneered: MIU is the first university in the US to offer these degree programs:

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  • Grants received: MIU has received more than $32 million in federal and other grants, including $26 million from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Campus diversity: Students from over 75 countries and a wide range of religions and cultures are welcomed on campus. MIU is an LGBTQ safe zone.
  • Recent commencement speakers: Washington DC community activist and physician Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland (2021), environmental activist Tom Newmark (2020), education leader Nakisha Hobbs (2019), former US Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Scott Gould (2018), US Congressman Tim Ryan (2017), filmmaker David Lynch (2016), former Prime Minister of Japan Dr. Yukio Hatoyama (2015), actor Jim Carrey (2014), US Senator Tom Harkin (2013)

A radically different approach to education

Consciousness-Based Education

Through Consciousness-Based Education, you’ll study the subjects you’re passionate about while embarking on a journey of self-discovery and inner growth. As your awareness expands, your ability to absorb knowledge and see the big picture improves, and you’ll be able to connect what you’re learning in a meaningful way to your own life.

Through Consciousness-Based Education, you’ll study the subjects you’re passionate about while embarking on a journey of self-discovery and inner growth.

As your awareness expands, your ability to absorb knowledge and see the big picture improves, and you’ll be able to connect what you’re learning in a meaningful way to your own life.

Block system: More focus with less stress

Study one subject per month full-time for up to 10 months per year. You’ll dive deep into each course with your undivided attention.

Benefits:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of each subject
  • Your professors really get to know you
  • No juggling 4–5 classes (and homework) at once
  • No finals week

How is the block system different?

The MIU Experience

Watch the video: MIU is radically different. It has a campus culture with heart

Many of our students transfer to MIU looking for a more meaningful and less stressful educational experience. With an open, diverse, and supportive campus community, Consciousness-Based education, the block system, and the Transcendental Meditation® technique as part of the curriculum, MIU is often the alternative they are looking for.

Is this place real?

People frequently ask us this question. Yes, it’s real – but nothing we say can take the place of experiencing MIU yourself. We invite you to visit us virtually to find out if MIU is a good fit for you.

What defines the MIU experience?

2018 Alumni SurveyComparing MIU with other colleges/universities they’ve attended (303 reviews)

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2018 Alumni SurveyComparing MIU with other colleges/universities they’ve attended (303 reviews)

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Healthy lifestyle:

Less stress & anxiety:

Friendly campus atmosphere:

Overall happiness:

Leadership

MIU President John Hagelin

President John Hagelin, Ph.D.

The president of Maharishi International University, John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a renowned quantum physicist, educator, author, and leading proponent of peace. Dr. Hagelin has been investigating the foundations of human consciousness for decades.

Dr. Hagelin conducted pioneering research at CERN, home of the world’s largest particle accelerator. He developed a highly successful grand unified field theory based on the superstring, and his articles on electroweak unification, grand unification, supersymmetry, and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981.

Outcomes

From international corporations to local companies, an impressive roster of businesses are hiring our graduates. Here are just a few:

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