University of Iowa

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The State University of Iowa is a public, 4-year school located in Iowa City, IA, just 25 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Founded in 1847, the campus is set across the Iowa River from downtown, on 1700 acres of land. The sprawling campus featuring architecture as diverse as the school’s history and academic offerings, ranging from truly historic to classical collegiate to modern and contemporary styles of buildings. UI holds the distinction of being the first university to use television in education (1932) and was a pioneer in standardized testing. Among the notable alumni are George Gallup, Journalist Tom Brokaw and actors Gene Wilder and Ashton Kutcher.

Academic Programs

The State University of Iowa is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-Masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 200 fields of study. The university is comprised of eleven colleges: Carver College of Medicine; College of Dentistry; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Nursing; College of Pharmacy; College of Public Health; Tippie College of Business; University College and also the Graduate College. Noted for Healthcare, Dance, Music and Theatre, the largest programs on campus are in Business, Engineering, Social Sciences and Kinesiology. Per the Mission statement, “the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world. The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.”

Student Life

There are over 22,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the State University of Iowa, most living on campus in the wide variety of housing options including large dorms, small dorms and apartments. There are over 500 student organizations and clubs including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the black and old gold Hawkeyes, led by Herky the Hawk, field teams in 14 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-A competition. On ongoing tradition is the “Iowa Challenge” which started as an effort to establish core expectations for University of Iowa students. It provides a concise statement of what the University expects from its students and what students should expect from themselves and each other—in essence, it’s a mission statement for UI students. The culture of the University of Iowa has been formed through historic adherence to core values. The culture is characterized by collaborative decision making within a community that fosters open and consultative communication. In planning, setting priorities, and carrying out every aspect of its mission, the University of Iowa is guided by seven interdependent commitments: Excellence; Learning; Community; Diversity; Integrity; Respect and Responsibility.

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