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The University of Iowa is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, Iowa is the oldest university in the state and it is considered a Public Ivy. The university is organized into eleven colleges offering more than 100 areas of study and seven professional degrees.
With just over 30,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nations top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.
The University of Iowa established the first law school west of the Mississippi River, and it was also the first university to use television in education, in 1932, and it pioneered in the field of standardized testing.
Among the thousands of graduates from the University of Iowa, especially notable alumni include James Van Allen, world famous physicist and discoverer of two radiation belts (the Van Allen Belts) that surround the earth, Ashton Kutcher also attended the University of Iowa. Tom Brands, is a native of Sheldon, Iowa and a four-time All-American and Olympic gold medalist.