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University of Iowa, Iowa City

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The University of Iowa (UI, U of I, UIowa, or simply Iowa) is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest and the second-largest university in the state. The University of Iowa is organized into 12 colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees.
On an urban 1,880-acre campus on the banks of the Iowa River, the University of Iowa is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". The university is best known for its programs in health care, law, and the fine arts, with programs ranking among the top 25 nationally in those areas. The university was the original developer of the Master of Fine Arts degree and it operates the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which has produced 17 of the university's 46 Pulitzer Prize winners. Iowa is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Universities Research Association, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Among American universities, the University of Iowa was the first public university to open as coeducational, opened the first coeducational medical school, and opened the first Department of Religious Studies at a public university. The University of Iowa's 33,000 students take part in nearly 500 student organizations. Iowa's 22 varsity athletic teams, the Iowa Hawkeyes, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are members of the Big Ten Conference. The University of Iowa alumni network exceeds 250,000 graduates.

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  • We can't say enough about how easy and efficient freshman move in to the dorms was this year. It was organized and the U on Iowa helper was so nice. They provided rolling bins/racks and it only...  more »
  • Son goes here to traveled to visit the campus. Definitely a nice campus! Very pretty an not bad at all.  more »
  • First class tour by former faculty makes for great stories!
  • The conference in England 2018 was amazing almost fourteen thousands people were there.As well the marathon went great from all over the world with multi talented, brilliant, educated, and open minded people. Well we decided that the Olympic will be in Japan and next we think would be in France we would decide soon. I have met several the most amazing leaders who made me stronger. Can't wait to complete my graduate school. Still in Europe, and now am in Paris thanks to Tony Robbins and thank to God.

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