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Facts at a Glance Facts at a Glance The University of Iowa

Historical Highlights

1855-1900: Highlights of the University’s infancy include the award of the first University degree in 1858 and the opening of the law school and medical department. More...

1901-1930: The University welcomes a new century with three decades of pioneering advancements in zoology and broadcasting while making a landmark decision to accept creative work in lieu of academic theses from graduate students in the arts. More...

1931-1950: The University’s reputation continues to grow with groundbreaking developments in the areas of creative writing, blood banking, swimming, pharmacy, and ambulance services, among others. More...

1951-1970: Faculty advancements continue during this era, with the advent of various University centers, programs, and discoveries relating to agricultural medicine, corneal transplants, cleft palate research, toxicology, emerging musical forms, and space exploration. More...

1971-1990: A student enrollment boom contributes to the construction of Hancher Auditorium, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, new library facilities, a new law building, and a restoration of Old Capitol. Also, notable faculty achievements are recorded in the areas of space exploration, psychiatry, orthodontia, otolaryngology, brain injury, blood substitution, biochemistry, physiology, and political science. More...

1991-2000: Faculty members make waves with medical advances in the areas of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, macular degeneration, and the human genome; a federal grant places the nation’s most advanced driving simulator on Iowa’s research campus; Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to several people with UI affiliations. More...

2001-present: Sally Mason becomes president; Art Building West opens; Iowa City is named a UNESCO City of Literature; tragedies including a tornado, an accidental fire, and a flood ravage portions of campus. More...