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What Makes Us Unique

The University of Iowa has long had strong programs in the creative arts, and was the first university to award graduate degrees for creative work. The home of the first Writers’ Workshop, which continues its leadership in creative writing, the University is also home of the world renowned International Writing Program, a strong Theatre Arts department with its Playwrights Workshop, the School of Music, the department of Dance, and a top-ranked Printmaking program. The University has excellent programs in the basic health sciences and health care programs, led by the highly ranked College of Medicine and the closely associated University Hospitals and Clinics, one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the United States. Included in these programs are the nationally ranked departments of Speech and Hearing Pathology, Nursing Service Administration, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rural Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care, and a Physician Assistant Program. The nationally ranked College of Law is home to the eighth largest collection of legal titles at any law school. The University is also well known for its strength in the social and behavioral sciences, space physics, and paleontology.

Famous Alumni

  • (Mary) Flannery O'Connor - Novelist and author of numerous short stories
  • Al Jarreau - Jazz singer and 1982 Grammy Award winner for best male pop performance
  • Barry M. Kemp - Executive producer of several television series including "Coach" and "Newhart"
  • Gene Wilder - Comedic film and television actor whose credits include "Silver Streak," "Young Frankenstein," and "Stir Crazy"
  • James Van Allen - World famous physicist and discoverer of two radiation belts (the Van Allen Belts) that surround the earth. Emeritus Carver Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa
  • Simon Estes - World famous baritone, formerly of the New York Metropolitan Opera
  • Tennessee Williams - Author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Fun Facts

First U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis

World's first university to accept creative work in theater, writing, music and art on an equal basis with academic research

Since 1939, more than 35 individuals with ties to the University of Iowa have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes.

Traditions / School Myths

While hundreds of programs and organizations garner strong support on campus, you can’t go far without realizing our students love to support Big Ten Athletics.

The Insider's Guide to Colleges 2006 says "The University of Iowa offers its students a picturesque campus, a thriving social scene, and the excitement of its Big Ten athletic teams." That sentiment is reiterated in this statement from our athletic department “Iowa's fans are known nationwide for their fierce and undying loyalty. That reputation stems from the way our fans support all of the UI's teams and pass on Hawkeye heritage from generation to generation -- from parents to children, from former student-athletes to current ones.

Thousands of cheers make a roar. "GO HAWKS!"

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