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Maharishi University of Management

"Located in "virtually crime-free and drug-free" Fairfield, IA, of all places, this university founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi offers a one-course-at-a-time system. It also offers in-depth experience "with the Unified Field of Natural Law," growth "in the awareness that all streams of knowledge are but modes of" individual intelligence, and plenty of instruction in Transcendental Meditation??."

Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions


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"Located in "virtually crime-free and drug-free" Fairfield, IA, of all places, this university founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi offers a one-course-at-a-time system. It also offers in-depth experience "with the Unified Field of Natural Law," growth "in the awareness that all streams of knowledge are but modes of" individual intelligence, and plenty of instruction in Transcendental Meditation??."

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Maharishi University of Management was founded in 1971 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to fulfill the highest ideals of education. Foremost among these ideals is developing the full potential of consciousness in every student -- to help students develop the ability to think and act in accord with the laws of nature and to live fulfilled and successful lives. This fulfills the long-sought goal of education: to produce fully developed individuals, citizens who can fulfill their own aspirations while promoting all good in society.

We have pioneered a unique system of higher education, Consciousness-Based education, that systematically cultures students' full creative intelligence, the basis of learning. Consciousness-Based education gives traditional academic study the foundation of complete knowledge of consciousness coupled with simple, natural, scientifically validated technologies for developing consciousness.

These technologies are the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying. This integrated approach develops students' ability to manage their lives successfully, to grow steadily in health, happiness, and wisdom, and to achieve professional success and personal fulfillment.

Our unique educational programs fulfill a commitment to four broad areas of responsibility:

Holistic development of students -- cultivation of consciousness, mind, body, and behavior Academic excellence -- training at the forefront of knowledge in each discipline and in the ability to think critically and act effectively and ethically Scholarship that expands the domains of knowledge, expressed in all four areas of scholarship -- discovery, teaching and learning, integration, and application. Improved quality of life for the individual, the community, the nation, and the world.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 319
Gender 54% Male / 46% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 96% Full Time / 4% Part Time
Geography 17% In State / 83% Out of State / 16% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 68% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 51%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 5%
International 16%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


68% of students live on-campus.

80% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Men's Dorms
  • Women's Dorms


Student Publications: The Review

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Music Ensembles

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling financial aid counseling health services on-campus daycare personal counseling placement services for graduates
  • Facilities: buildings for practice of transcendental meditation, organic greenhouses, college prep-school, indoor rock-climbing wall, basketball and tennis courts, weight training room, sustainable student center
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): honors program independent study student-designed major teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Environmental Science (23%), Communication and Media Studies, Other (19%), Business Administration and Management (14%), Physiology (12%), English Language and Literature (9%), Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies (7%)

Majors Offered


A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.


A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


A program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the art of teaching, the planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and the social foundations of education.

Job Opportunities:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.


A program that prepares individuals for admission to a professional program in medicine, osteopathic medicine, or podiatric medicine.


Any instructional program in multi/interdisciplinary studies not listed above.


A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Information Security Analysts
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Web Developers
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Computer Network Support Specialists
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.
Computer Occupations, All Other
All computer occupations not listed separately.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of the physical environment and the solution of environmental problems, including subjects such as abating or controlling environmental pollution and degradation; the interaction between human society and the natural environment; and natural resources management. Includes instruction in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, climatology, statistics, and mathematical modeling.

Job Opportunities:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other
All mathematical scientists not listed separately.
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the functional dynamics, morphology, and biochemical and biophysical communications within organisms and between living systems at all levels of complexity and integration. Includes instruction in reproduction, growth, hormonal action, vascular function, respiration, digestion, sensory perception and processing, sensorimotor integration, signal encoding and conveyance, homeostasis, physical function and malfunction, evolutionary physiology, and disease processes.

Job Opportunities:

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.


Any instructional program in communication and media studies not listed above.

Administration & Faculty

President Bevan Morris
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 69
Student : Faculty Ratio 13 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 65 : 34
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 98
No Status Faculty 1
International Faculty 7




Selectivity Score: 49/100

Acceptance Rate: 41.9% accepted of 74 applications

50% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
25% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
15% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Recommendations, Level Of Applicants Interest, Interview

Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Volunteer Work, Extracurricular Activities, Standardized Test Scores, Alumni Relation, Work Experience

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

Admissions Websites



Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $17,743 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $15,486
$30K-$48K $14,159
$48K-$75K $16,234
$110K+ $29,799

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $26,000, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,000 Same as On-Campus
Fees $430 Same as On-Campus
Housing $7,400 $7,400
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $35,030 $35,030

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 62% $9,546
Federal Scholarships/Grants 68% $5,448
Institutional Grants 97% $16,400
Other Federal Grants 62% $600
Pell Grants 68% $4,900
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 12% $3,840
Student Loans 62% $9,546

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

24% of students graduated on time.

32% of students graduated in six years.

82% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.


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#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#314 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#472 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
#569 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
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