Iowa Alumni Networks: Iowa Clubs, I-Clubs and Alumni Affinity Groups


Whether you ended up across the state or across the ocean since your time at Iowa, you can meet fellow Hawkeyes through volunteer-led clubs and alumni affinity groups.

Alumni, fans, and friends can join an Iowa Club or I-Club to find, network, and socialize with Hawkeyes near them. Alumni affinity groups are available for Iowa graduates to connect through shared interests and experiences.

What is an Iowa Club?

Iowa Clubs connect Hawkeyes in more than 60 cities across the country and around the world. Wear your black and gold proudly as you cheer on the Hawkeyes during game-watch parties at local bars and restaurants, attend networking and cultural events, and raise scholarship funds for Iowa students from your community.

What is an I-Club?

Local I-Club chapters form a strong Hawkeye presence within the state of Iowa and a few surrounding states. They serve as an extension of the National I-Club, which supports Hawkeye student-athletes while also raising awareness for and promoting Hawkeye Athletics. Recognized I-Club chapters are made up of Hawkeye volunteers and are organized through and supported by the National I-Club.

What are Alumni Affinity Groups?

Iowa alumni with shared connections are invited to join an affinity group. Some of these organizations are an extension of student interests, like Alumni Band or Dance Marathon Alumni Group. Other networks are made up of shared experiences like race, culture, sexual orientation, or military service.

Looking for other ways to get involved as an alumni or friend of the University of Iowa? Check out upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or plan an alumni reunion.

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