Fun facts: the University of Iowa and Iowa City


• In the fall of 2014, the University of Iowa had a student population of 31,387. The UI, founded in 1847, is one of three regent universities in the state.

• The UI became the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis when it opened in 1855. It was the first to give a law degree to a woman, Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson (1873), and the first to give a law degree to an African American,  G. Alexander Clark (1879). Frank Kinney Holbrook (1895, football) is perhaps the first African American to play in university varsity sports.

• In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as the world’s third City of Literature, after Edinburgh, Scotland, and Melbourne, Australia. There are now 11 such cities in the world.

• The Daily Iowan was the first daily campus newspaper west of the Mississippi.

• Iowa lays claim to the world’s largest wooden nickel, which sits, spanning 16 feet, 3 inches in diameter in a farm field north of Iowa City.

• The UI Hospitals and Clinics recorded its 5,000th organ transplant in March. It began organ transplants in 1969.

• Former Hawkeye B.J. Armstrong won three NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.

• The Hawkeyes’ No. 40 jersey was retired after All-Big Ten forward Chris Street was tragically killed during the 1993 season.

• The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is world-renowned, with its alumni winning a collective 18 Pulitzer Prizes as well as numerous National Book Awards and other major literary honors.

• At any given time, there are more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers working at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

• The UI’s legal name is the State University of Iowa. However, the state Board of Regents approved using the University of Iowa for everyday use in 1964.

• In 1855, the total enrollment at the UI was 124 students, 41 women and 83 men.

• In 2014, the Princeton Review ranked the UI as the top party school in the United States.

• George Gallup, inventor of the Gallup poll, was a student at the UI and an editor at of The Daily Iowan.

• Gene Wilder, James Van Allen, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, John Irving, T.C. Boyle, and James Alan McPherson graduated from the University of Iowa. Tom Brokaw and Ashton Kutcher attended.

• Herky the Hawk has been the only mascot Iowa has had since 1948.

• According to the Wall Street Journal, Iowa has produced more Division 1 college football coaches than any other school in the United States.

• The UI educates 79 percent of Iowa’s dentists, 50 percent of Iowa’s physicians, and 48 percent of Iowa’s pharmacists.

• The UI was the first state university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union, in 1970.

• The UI had the first public-university law school west of the Mississippi River (1868, established in Des Moines independently in 1865).

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