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Maharishi University of Management

United States
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International students 50%
Institution type Private

About Maharishi University of Management

All students and faculty at MUM practice the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. This simple technique offers remarkable benefits for education, as extensive research shows — integrated brain functioning, increased creativity and intelligence, reduced stress, improved learning ability, improved academic performance (GPA), improved ability to focus, improved health, and many more.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, MUM offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in a variety of traditional fields, including Business, Media and Communications, Art, Literature, Education, and Computer Science. MUM has developed some exciting new disciplines as well, including Sustainable Living and Maharishi Vedic Science.

MUM has an unusually rich diversity of students from all over the world. As an MUM student, you’ll attend classes and get to know an incredible variety of people while developing a greater, more informed global perspective.

Any MUM student may have friends from Nairobi, Ethiopia, Sweden, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Latvia, Mongolia, Nepal, India, and many other countries — plus, of course, California, New York, Florida, Hawaii, Washington, Texas, and all the U.S. states.

If you are from a country outside the U.S., there is a good chance you’ll meet students from your own country here, or often, someone who speaks your language. If you are from the United States, you have a great opportunity to meet and learn from other kinds of people.

Campus information


  • Groundbreaking new net-zero Sustainable Living Center
  • 95% of food budget spent on local/organic foods
  • 100% of dining hall food scraps composted
  • 100% of campus grounds maintained organically
  • Single-stream recycling stations in dorms
  • MUM has a formal sustainability committee
  • New construction must be LEED-certified or meet standards of a comparable third-party rating system
  • We have a university-wide policy of purchasing office paper with high recycled content
  • Public GHG inventory plan
  • We employ a sustainability officer
  • MUM provides guidance on green jobs
  • Target date of 2017 to have 100% of electricity production needs met from renewable resources
  • Available transportation alternatives: restricting parking, bike share, vanpool, preferred parking
  • MUM was the first university in the U.S. to offer a degree in sustainable living

The MUM campus, which has about 1,000 students, is on the north side of town, walking distance to the town square and shops.

Located amid the rolling fields of agriculture in Southeast Iowa, Fairfield is a bubble of creativity, meditation, diverse cultures, and community — a nationally recognized center for innovative education, entrepreneurship, the arts, and sustainability.

Home to Maharishi University of Management, students come to Fairfield expecting a typical Midwest town, but instead find an innovative place filled with an interesting mix of local Iowans and world-wide transplants.


We respect the need for our students to enjoy quiet and privacy in their residence halls. For this reason, single rooms are standard for all students. Most students are housed in residence halls with central baths, but the newer residence halls (described below) have private baths.


Seven “home-style” residence halls opened in 2005. Each building houses eight students — each with their own bedroom and private bath. The central area features a living room and kitchen. The newer residence halls were built according to the life-supporting principles of Vedic architecture, and are environment-friendly. Geothermal technology is used to conserve energy, and natural materials are used whenever possible. There is an additional housing charge for rooms in the newer residence halls.


The University is now seeking funding to build several new “green” residence halls. All new residence halls will be LEED-certified and built using the principles of ancient Vedic architecture.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 2 Education and Teaching 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Mass Communication & Media 2 MBA 1


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