Islamic Azad University, Semnan Branch is a comprehensive branch of Islamic Azad University (IAU), located in Semnan, a beautiful city on the outskirts of the central desert of Iran, well known as the cradle of culture and knowledge. Semnan is one of the most important scientific poles in Iran with 82 higher education institutions. Among them, Semnan Branch, established in 1984, is the 21st branch of IAU in the country and the second higher education institute in the city after the State University.
Semnan Branch is located on Tehran-Mashhad freeway on the way to Damghan. It is a 61 hectare complex adjacent to Semnan University and University of Medical Sciences. Studying at Semnan Branch is a great opportunity for those seeking science and education since it has a significant geographical location; being on the main road to Imam Reza Holy Shrine in Khorasan province, it is adjacent to Tehran, Mazandaran, Gorgan, Isfahan and Khorasan provinces. This university is considered as one the most important higher education institutes in the fields of engineering, humanities and medical sciences. As a comprehensive university, it is well recognized in these fields among other provincial academic centers. In addition to its special and strategic fields of study, more than 31 specialized labs equipped with all devices required for research and study fulfill students' needs in each field. Furthermore, it has four research centers in addition to its Technology Development Center known as Dr Hesabi. They include Seismic-Geo techniques, Energy and Sustainable Development, Tourism, and Entrepreneurship and Ideas research centers.
Qualitative and quantitative growth of the university in recent years has provided the infrastructure needed for a higher education center and has increased the academic and research power of the university leading to a significant progress. Training committed man power and cultural considerations are among other features of this academic center. A collection of advanced laboratory and workshop equipment, a language laboratory, a central library, a GIS workshop and computer sites in various faculties are other characteristics of this university.