University of Iowa

#139 / #47
Global Influence / U.S. Influence
#369
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Public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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About University of Iowa

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Iowa was founded in late February of 1847, as one of the very first legislative acts of the new state of Iowa after it was admitted to the union at the end of December of the previous year.

Iowa City had been the old territorial capital city, and remained the capital for the first ten years of the new state’s existence. In 1857, the state capital was moved to Des Moines, but the Old Capitol Building remains one of the most prominent landmarks on the university’s main downtown campus.

In line with its original charter, the University of Iowa has no campuses elsewhere in the state (thus, it has no connection to the other two major Iowa public universities, Iowa State University, in Ames, and Northern Iowa University, in Cedar Falls).

The University of Iowa has always been a forward-looking and socially progressive institution. For example, its College of Law—established in 1865 as the first law school west of the Mississippi—was the first public institution to confer a law degree on a woman, Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson, in 1873. (This was only three years after the first woman obtained a law degree from a private school, the University of Chicago.)

Alexander G. Clark, Jr., who obtained his law degree from Iowa in 1879, is believed to be the first African American in the United States to receive that distinction (though others had passed the bar exam and practiced law earlier).

In 1870, Iowa also established the first medical school in the country that was open to both men and women.

In academics, the “Iowa School” of philosophical realism is especially noteworthy. It was founded by the Austrian-born philosopher, Gustav Bergmann, and continued by his German-born pupil, Reinhardt Grossmann (who later taught at Indiana University) and the American-born, Laird Addis.

The University of Iowa is also renowned for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, whose faculty and students have contributed a whole galaxy of distinguished names to American letters, including, among many others,:

  • Poets, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, James Tate, Louise Gluck, Robert Bly & Rita Dove
  • Short-story writers, John Cheever & Raymond Carver
  • Novelists, Nelson Algren, James Salter, Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Robert Coover, Jane Smiley, Francine Prose, John Irving, T. Coraghessan Boyle, & Richard Yates
  • Novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson

Other notable Iowa-connected individuals include:

  • Physicist and astronomer, James Van Allen
  • Philosopher, Herbert Feigl
  • Psychologist, Kurt Lewin
  • Novelists, Flannery O’Connor & Wallace Stegner
  • Outstanding playwright, Tennessee Williams
  • Actors, Jean Seberg, Gene Wilder, Tom Arnold & Mary Beth Hurt
  • Television journalist, Tom Brokaw
  • Founder of Rotary International, Paul P. Harris
  • Pollster, George Gallup
  • Former World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim
  • US Senator for Iowa and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles E. “Chuck” Grassley

According to Wikipedia, The University of Iowa is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest university in the state and has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment. The University of Iowa is organized into 12 colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees.

University of Iowa's Online Degrees

BA in Applied Studies
Degree Concentrations
  • Creative Writing
  • Human Relations
  • Justice Studies
  • Political Science
  • Required Credits: 60
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BA in Enterprise Leadership
  • Required Credits: 120-136
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BA in Liberal Studies
Degree Concentrations
  • Expression in Writing and Arts
  • Global Studies
  • Family
  • Community
  • and Social Support
  • Health and Human Studies
  • Justice and Ethics
  • Organizational Studies
  • Required Credits: 120
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BS in Nursing
  • Required Credits: 32
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BS in Radiation Sciences
  • Required Credits: 60
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BA in Social Work
  • Required Credits: 121-132
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported
BS in Sport and Recreation Management
Degree Concentrations
  • Business Studies
  • Coaching and Sport Instruction
  • Communications Public Relations/Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration
  • Sport and Diversity
  • Student-Designed
  • Required Credits: 123-129
  • Completion Time: None Reported
  • Format: None Reported

University of Iowa Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual ApplicationsAcceptanceGraduation RateMedian SAT ScoreMedian ACT Score
22,43486%74%121025

How Much Does University of Iowa Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state)Fees (in-state)
$8,356$1,586

How Much Do University of Iowa Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Iowa, then you can expect to earn an average of $62,000 per year. You also have a 94% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Iowa's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student BodyUnder-GradsGraduates
25,51020,9704,540

Where is University of Iowa?

University of Iowa is located at 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City IA 52242-1316

How Safe is University of Iowa?

University of Iowa has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%. Iowa City has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Iowa Known For?

University of Iowa is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Iowa's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Iowa's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Iowa's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Psychology, Literature, and Communications. Here are some of University of Iowa's most famous alumni:

Albert Bandura
Albert Bandura
A Canadian psychologist.
Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
An American playwright .
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
An Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic.
Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
An American broadcast journalist.
Jayaprakash Narayan
An Indian independence activist and political leader.
Leon Festinger
Leon Festinger
An American psychologist.
Oswald Veblen
Oswald Veblen
An American mathematician.
Henry Jenkins
Henry Jenkins
An American media scholar.
Kenneth Nichols
Kenneth Nichols
A United States Army officer and engineer.
Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan
An Iranian-American author, commentator.
Wallace Stegner
An American historian, writer, and environmentalist .
Wilbur Schramm
A Writer, journalist, scholar.

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