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Maharishi Universityof Management

MUM at a Glance

Accreditation

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Enrollment

Total: 1796
Undergraduate: 394
Graduate: 1402

Financial aid

Over 90% of US students receive extensive aid covering most of their costs

Location

Fairfield, Iowa — 60 miles south of Iowa City in the center of the US

Consciousness-Based Education

With Consciousness-Based education you study traditional subjects while also experiencing inner growth and developing your creativity.
Your awareness expands, improving your ability to absorb knowledge and see the big picture.

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Transcendental Meditation

All of our students and faculty practice the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique – an effortless technique for recharging your mind and body and creating a brighter, more positive state of mind.

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About the Founder

In 1971 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a sage from the ancient Vedic tradition of knowledge, founded Maharishi International University (later renamed Maharishi University of Management) and developed Consciousness-Based℠ education.

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During his life, Maharishi worked with scientists, educators, and Vedic scholars to develop an integrated approach to knowledge, unifying diverse fields of study. He wrote many books and circled the world numerous times, speaking with world leaders and lecturing widely. More than 375 schools in 60 countries around the globe have adopted Maharishi’s approach to education.

History

In 1973, Maharishi University of Management, then called Maharishi International University (MIU), began offering its first classes in Santa Barbara, California. Before long, MIU had too many students for its small rented facilities, so in 1974 moved to Fairfield, Iowa to the former Parsons College campus. The next several years were a time of rapid expansion. MIU was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, from the Bachelor’s to Doctorate level.

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Our Campus

  • More than 370 acres surrounded by wooded areas, fields, and two lakes.
  • More than 45 buildings on campus, including 17 main classroom and administrative buildings.
  • Newest building — the Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center, “the ultimate green building” (Associated Press, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, and other media)
Fairfield's Farmer's Market at Howard Park

Community

A remarkable community (Fairfield – population 9,500), vibrant with arts, sustainability, and entrepreneurship, has grown up around Maharishi University of Management, as thousands of people have relocated from around the country to be associated with the University.

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The city of Fairfield has earned distinction in:

  • Entrepreneurship Fairfield is known as the entrepreneurial capital of Iowa.
  • Arts Fairfield has also become a center of the arts, with 25 art galleries around the town square, an active theater and music scene, and more restaurants per capita than San Francisco.
  • Sustainability — Fairfield has become nationally known as a center of sustainability, particularly for its “Go Green” strategic plan.

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Campus Life

Our close-knit campus community is built on the deep connections between our students. That’s why we offer a variety of student events and activities to foster friendships including open mics, drum circles, on-campus performances, weekly movie nights, dance classes, student trips, and more.

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We also celebrate and share our students’ diverse cultures with cultural celebrations throughout the year, including Ethiopian New Year, Chinese New Year, and Diwali, each complete with authentic food, traditional dancing, and on-stage performances.

Many of our students spend their free time making music, filming movies, and collaborating on other creative projects.

Recreation

At MUM we make sure that students have ample time for exercise, and we provide a wide variety of options, facilities, and resources. Our Recreation Center is a 60,000-square-foot indoor facility, one of the largest of its kind in Iowa, containing a running track, tennis courts basketball courts, rock-climbing wall, and more.

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Our campus also offers an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis courts, a dance studio, a soccer field, and a 17-mile loop trail.

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Research Grants

  • More than $32 million in Federal and other grants awarded to date, to the University and to Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in collaboration with leading academic medical centers around the country, for scientific research and academic development.
  • Includes $26 million from the National Institutes of Health for research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and cardiovascular disease.
  • Current grant — $4 million from the US Department of Defense for research on the TM program and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in collaboration with the San Diego Veterans Administration Health Center.

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