Fitting three undergraduates and accompanying gear into one Burge Hall room. Finding textbooks, a Hawkeye T-shirt or two, and the shortest bookstore line. Picking up the language—IMU and ISIS, RAs and TAs, HawkIDs, U-bills, and KRUI.
For students new to The University of Iowa, the lessons started well before the Aug. 21 opening of classes.
This year, the University welcomed a record first-year undergraduate class of 4,289 students from across the country and around the world—an increase of 440 over last year’s entering class. The growth pushed total UI enrollment to 29,979.
The University’s first class, in 1855, numbered only 124 men and women. Ever since their arrival, late summer has steeped new and returning students—not to mention faculty, staff, and Iowa City locals—in University tradition, from Welcome Week to syllabi, pledge bids to the Hippocratic Oath, football to first-year seminars, all wrapped in the first breath of Iowa autumn.
No wonder September feels like the start of something.