Founded in 1847 as Iowa’s first public institution of higher learning, The University of Iowa was the first such institution in the United States to admit women and men on an equal basis. The University now enrolls approximately 30,000 students in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Law, Business, Medicine, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health as well as the Graduate College.
The University enrolls students from every Iowa county, from every state, and from approximately 100 other countries. The faculty is international in composition and reputation, having earned distinction in fields ranging from speech and hearing to science and space exploration. The University was the first to accept creative work in the arts in lieu of theses and is the home of the renowned Writers’ Workshop.
The campus is compact – the free Cambus system circles it every 12 minutes – but it abounds with scenic beauty. An abundance of stately trees and manicured greenery, enhanced by the Iowa River, sets the atmosphere for what is increasingly a pedestrian campus.
The eleven colleges and seven schools that constitute The University of Iowa are enriched by the Iowa Center for the Arts, which include the Museum of Art and educational programs in art and art history, music, dance, and theater. Hancher Auditorium showcases some of the nation’s finest cultural events. In recent years, the auditorium has featured performances by such world-famous artists as Isaac Stern, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, Lincoln City Jass Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. National touring companies present Broadway hits. Hancher has also been a catalyst for artistic creativity, coproducing the Joffrey Ballet’s production of Billboards. The world premiere of this ballet occurred in Iowa City.
The University of Iowa Hawkeyes take the sports spotlight in the state. As a member of the Big Ten Athletic Conference, the Hawkeyes represent the University in a full range of men’s and women’s varsity intercollegiate sports. The residents enjoy reduced rates for season tickets to athletic events.
Participant sports are within five minutes walking distance of the health science campus. A swimming pool and indoor track, as well as basketball and racquetball courts are located in the Field House near the hospital. A near- by recreation building provides indoor tennis courts, weight lifting equipment, and a second indoor track. The University golf course is on the edge of the health science campus.
Iowa City-Coralville Communities
The eastern portion of The University of Iowa campus merges with downtown Iowa City, whose approximately 70,000 inhabitants enjoy the advantages of a comfortable small-town atmosphere in combination with the University’s cosmopolitan diversity of cultural and recreational opportunities.
A great many nineteenth-century homes grace the residential areas of Iowa City, and entire neighborhoods have joined efforts to preserve and improve them. Iowa City has more than 500 acres of parks graced with swimming pools, nature trails, and picnic facilities. The Coralville Reservoir, Lake MacBride, and Kent Park are major recreation centers near the city.
Education is Iowa City’s heritage. Iowa City’s population has the highest percentage of college-educated of any city in the United States. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Iowa City the world’s third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
Transportation is remarkably good. The University Cambus system is matched by municipal buses serving Iowa City and adjoining Coralville. The Eastern Iowa Airport is located mid-way between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and provides access to Allegiant, American, Del- ta, Northwest and United airlines. Via Interstate 80, which passes on the north edge of the city, Iowa City is only four hours away from downtown Chicago and less than a day’s drive from Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and St. Louis.