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About Fairfield, Iowa

The Fairfield square during one of our monthly Art Walks

Located in Southeast Iowa, Fairfield is a fun, lively community dedicated to sustainability, health, and doing good things for the world. It’s become Iowa’s center for the arts and entrepreneurship.

Although most of Fairfield’s residents were born and raised in Iowa, many arrived from around the globe to form a large community of people who practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

The presence of this large meditating community has transformed Fairfield into a town like no other.


Fairfield's Farmer's Market at Howard Park

Fairfield’s Farmer’s Market at Howard Park

  • Community-wide strategic plan to incorporate sustainable practices, a joint effort of the city and University
  • Organic farms and weekly downtown farmer’s markets

Creative arts and culture

  • Lively theater and music scene
  • Performing arts center and art galleries
  • Wide range of high-quality restaurants

Entrepreneurial center

  • Named Entrepreneurial Community of the Year by the State of Iowa
  • Dozens of start-up companies—including many by MUM alumni
  • More than $200 million in venture capital invested locally
  • 5th highest charitable contributions per capita of any U.S. county

Our campus is located on the north side of town within walking distance to the town square, making it easy for our students to be part of this exciting community.