Iowa State University is a public, 4-year school located in Ames, IA just 30 miles north of Des Moines. The school was founded in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm which was a coeducational school and the nation’s first land-grant institution. In 1959 the school achieved university status and was renamed the Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The nearly 2000 acre campus features several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places; of particular note is the Campanile – the large clock tower featured on the school logo. The campus also features Lake LaVerne which was a gift to the school in 1935. The University played a part in the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atomic bomb. Among many notable alumni are inventor George Washington Carver and Senator Tom Harkin.