|The University of Iowa|
|Established||February 25, 1847|
|Endowment||USD $1.04 billion|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa, United States|
1,900 acres (770 ha)
Black & gold
NCAA Division I
|Mascot||Herky the Hawk|
|Affiliations||Association of American Universities, Big Ten Conference, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Universities Research Association|
The University of Iowa (also known as UI, or simply Iowa) is a public research university located in Iowa City, Iowa. It is the oldest public university in the state. The university is organized into eleven colleges granting undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees; and it is the home of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the nation. Iowa was the first American institution of higher learning to accept creative work for academic credit, and developed the Master of Fine Arts degree. Iowa Writers’ Workshop program is widely regarded as the best-known, most-established writing program in the country.
The University of Iowa was founded on February 25, 1847, as the first public institution of higher learning in Iowa, just 59 days after Iowa was admitted to the Union. The legal name for this university is the State University of Iowa, but this became confused with Iowa State University, and the Board of Regents approved using the "University of Iowa" for everyday usage in October 1964.
The first faculty offered instruction at the university beginning in March 1855 to students in the Old Mechanics Building, located where Seashore Hall is now. In September 1855, there were 124 students, of whom forty-one were women. The 1856–57 catalogue listed nine departments offering ancient languages, modern languages, intellectual philosophy, moral philosophy, history, natural history, mathematics, natural philosophy, and chemistry. The first president of the university was Amos Dean.
The original campus consisted of the Iowa Old Capitol Building and the 10 acres (40,000 m2) (4.05 hectares) of land on which it stood. Following the placing of the cornerstone July 4, 1840, the building housed the Fifth Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa (December 5, 1842) and then became the first capitol building of the State of Iowa on December 28, 1846. Until that date, it had been the third capitol of the Territory of Iowa. When the capitol of Iowa was moved to Des Moines in 1857, the Old Capitol became the first permanent "home" of the University.
In 1855, Iowa became the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on an equal basis. In addition, this university was the world's first university to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and art on an equal basis with academic research.
The university was one of the first institutions in America to grant a law degree to a woman (Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson, 1873), to grant a law degree to an African American (G. Alexander Clark in 1879), and to put an African American on a varsity athletic squad (Frank Holbrook in 1895). The university offered its first doctorate in 1898.
The university was the first state university to recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union (in 1970).
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. Also, the University of Iowa was the first Big Ten institution to promote an African American to the position of administrative vice president. (Phillip Hubbard, promoted in 1966)
On November 1, 1991, five employees of the university were killed and one student was critically injured when Gang Lu, a former graduate student of physics, went on a shooting rampage before committing suicide. Officials received letters written by Lu that discussed his grievances and plans; apparently Lu was set off because he felt that his dissertation should have been received more eagerly.
The 21st century 
On April 13, 2006, a tornado struck the university and adjacent Iowa City, causing extensive damage throughout the campus and town. The tornado was the most intense and destructive of five tornadoes that touched down in Johnson County, Iowa that evening. It was given the rating of F2 on the Fujita Scale. "Damage on the campus was limited to a parking garage for university vehicles and some downed trees."  Several houses and businesses in Iowa City suffered extensive damage. Despite the wreckage, injuries were relatively light in the area, although one person in a neighboring county was killed.
Two years later, in the summer of 2008, another natural disaster struck the campus. Flood waters breached the Coralville Reservoir spillway, damaging more than 20 major campus buildings. Several weeks after the flood waters receded university officials placed a preliminary estimate on flood damage at $231.75 million. Later, the university estimated that repairs would cost about $743 million. Later that year, UNESCO responded to a proposal from the UI Writing University committee by designating Iowa City the world's third City of Literature, making it part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The University of Iowa's main campus, located in Iowa City, was originally designed by architect D. Elwood Cook. The campus is roughly bordered by Park Road and U.S. Highway 6 to the north and Dubuque and Gilbert Streets to the east. The Iowa River flows through the campus, dividing it into west and east sides.
Of architectural note is the Pentacrest at the center of The University of Iowa campus. The Pentacrest comprises five major campus buildings: Old Capitol, Schaeffer Hall, MacLean Hall, Macbride Hall, and Jessup Hall. The Old Capitol was once the primary government building for the state of Iowa, but it is now a museum of Iowa history.
Also on the eastern side of campus are five residence halls (Burge, Daum, Stanley, Currier, and Mayflower), the Iowa Memorial Union, the Pappajohn Business Building, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, the Lindquist Center (home of the College of Education), Phillips Hall (the foreign language building), Van Allen Hall (home to physics and astronomy), the English-Philosophy Building, and the buildings for biology, chemistry, geology & environmental sciences, psychology, communications, and journalism. The Main Library can also be found on the east side.
The Colleges of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health are on the western side of the Iowa River, along with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Theatre Building, and Voxman Music Building. Additionally, five residence halls (Hillcrest, Slater, Reinow, Quadrangle, and Parklawn), Kinnick Stadium, and Carver-Hawkeye Arena are located on the west campus.
The flood of 2008 had a major impact on a number of campus buildings, forcing many buildings to temporarily close. The Iowa Memorial Union was closed for a period of time, and the ground floor of this building is still closed as it undergoes renovation. The arts campus, which includes Hancher, Voxman, Clapp Recital Hall, and the Theatre Building, was hit especially hard. The theatre building has since reopened, but the music facilities have not. Music classes were for a short time held in temporary trailers, and now music classrooms are spread throughout campus. Recently, a University task force suggested to state regents that Hancher be rebuilt near its current site on the West bank of the Iowa River and Voxman and Clapp be built nearer to the main campus on South Clinton Street.
The Pentacrest 
The Pentacrest is sometimes referred to as the center of academic life at the University, especially for Liberal Arts students. It comprises five buildings: the Old Capitol and the four lecture halls Schaeffer, Macbride, MacLean, and Jessup. A variety of classes are held in these four buildings, mostly relating to the Liberal Arts and Mathematics. Macbride Hall and the Old Capitol also contain museums of natural history and Iowa state history, respectively.
Campus museums 
- University of Iowa Museum of Art
- Museum of Natural History
- Old Capitol Museum
- Medical Museum
- Athletic Hall of Fame and Museum
- Project Art (University Hospitals and Clinics)
The University of Iowa is one of the EPA's Green Power Partners, burning oat hulls instead of coal and reducing coal consumption by 20%. In May 2004 the university joined the Chicago Climate Exchange and in April 2009 a student garden was opened.
The University also offers a Certificate in Sustainability through the Office of Sustainability (OS). The OS recently coordinated the University's first sustainability plan: 2020 Vision UIowa Sustainability Targets proposed by UI President Sally Mason on Oct. 29, 2010.
Organization and administration 
Colleges and Schools 
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Tippie College of Business
- College of Engineering
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Education
- College of Nursing
- Graduate College
- College of Law
- Carver College of Medicine
- College of Dentistry
- University of Iowa College of Public Health
- University College
The University of Iowa College of Public Health was formed in 1999 when the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and the Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration were split from the Carver College of Medicine.
Iowa is one of 61 elected members to the Association of American Universities. In 2001, Iowa was listed as a Public Ivy by Greene Guides. The university is currently home to ISCABBS, an aging public bulletin board system that was the largest Internet community in the world prior to the commercialization of the world wide web.
The University of Iowa is also the home to the National Advanced Driving Simulator (a virtual reality driving simulator.) The Iowa Writers' Workshop was founded in 1936. Since 1947 it has produced thirteen Pulitzer Prize winners. In total, twenty-five people affiliated with the Writers' Workshop have won a Pulitzer Prize. The Hanson Center for Technical Communication was founded at The University of Iowa and is named after a 1960 graduate, Thomas R. Hanson who funded the institution with $800,000.
|U.S. News & World Report||72|
For 2012, out of 2,774 4-year institutions in the U.S., University of Iowa was nationally ranked #72 by U.S. News & World Report, #113 by Washington Monthly, and #269 by Forbes. Globally for 2012, the university was ranked #169 by Times and #199 by both QS and U.S. News & World Report.
In departmental rankings for 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa's Carver College of Medicine #12 in the country for primary care and #29 in the country for research, its College of Law #29, its College of Pharmacy #17, and its School of Art & Art History's Fine Arts #22.
- Iowa Institute of Gerontology: The Iowa Institute of Gerontology existed from 1953 until 1971. It was closed in the latter year due to a budget shortfall.
- Institute of Agricultural Medicine. The Institute of Agricultural Medicine was established in 1955 with a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as an institutte to study rural public health issues. It was later renamed to the Institute of Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Health.
- IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering (Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research). IHR—Hydroscience & Engineering is a world-renowned center for education, research, and public service focusing on hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics. Based in the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory, a five-story red brick building on the banks of the Iowa River, IIHR is a unit of the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Because of its contributions to water’s study and use, the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized the Stanley Hydraulics Lab as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The ASCE distinguishes the lab as the "oldest university-based hydraulics laboratory in the nation continuously focusing on research and education in hydraulic engineering".
- Public Policy Center. The Public Policy Center (PPC) is an interdisciplinary academic research center investigating six policy areas: Environmental, Health, Housing & Land Use, Human Factors & Vehicle Safety, Social Science, and Transportation. The University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC) was founded in 1987 by David Forkenbrock, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, as a freestanding unit in the Office of the Vice President for Research. The PPC's original focus was Transportation Policy research, followed by Health Policy research (1990), and Human Factors and Vehicle Safety research (1996).
Student life 
Much of the student night-life in Iowa City is centered around the pedestrian mall ("ped mall"), which contains numerous restaurants, local shops/boutiques, and over thirty bars. A popular university event that draws both students and also residents from the entire midwest is home football games. A related activity that many students engage in is tailgating, often beginning early in the morning. The University of Iowa is well known for its party and social scene: it was given the rank of 10th-best party school in the United States by Playboy magazine in 2010, and in 2011 The Princeton Review ranked Iowa in the #4 spot on its annual Top Party Schools survey. The university has appeared on similar top ten lists of several other publications over the years. In addition, there are hundreds of student organizations, including groups focused on politics, sports, games, lifestyles, dance, song, and theater, and a variety of other activities. The University also tries to sponsor events that give students an alternative to the typical drinking scene. In 2004 the University established an annual $25,000 contract with the newly reopened Iowa City Englert Theatre to host concerts and performances for as many as 40 nights a year.
Students also participate in a variety of student media organizations. For example, students edit and manage The Daily Iowan newspaper (often called the DI), which is printed every Monday through Friday while classes are in session. An early editor of the DI was noted pollster George Gallup. Daily Iowan TV, KRUI Radio, Student Video Productions, Off Deadline magazine and Earthwords magazine are other examples of student-run media.
The school's sports teams, the Hawkeyes, participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Big Ten Conference. The athletics department is headed by Gary Barta, who was previously athletic director at the University of Wyoming. Herky the Hawk (pictured right) has been Iowa's mascot since 1948.
Iowa's football team plays its home games at Kinnick Stadium, named after former Iowa football player Nile Kinnick who won the Heisman Trophy in 1939. Kinnick Stadium hosts 70,585 fans. The stadium unveiled a new look in 2006 with the completion of a $90 million renovation. The renovation included new stands in the south endzone, a new press box, and a statue of Kinnick.
Kirk Ferentz has been the head coach of the football program since 1999, when he replaced longtime coach Hayden Fry. Under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes have enjoyed national success, making eight bowl games in the last nine years, including a Bowl Championship Series victory in the FedEx Orange Bowl over Georgia Tech in 2010. The program has also finished in the Top 10 four times and shared two Big Ten championships in the Ferentz era.
Iowa battles Iowa State University annually for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, a traveling award. Iowa also has a traditional rivalry with Minnesota. The two schools' football teams meet yearly to battle for Floyd of Rosedale, a traveling trophy in the shape of a bronzed pig. In 2004, Iowa and Wisconsin unveiled the Heartland Trophy, a bronze bull, to be played for in their rivalry. However, since the Big Ten has expanded to 12 teams, Iowa will only play Wisconsin 6 times every 10 years while the Floyd of Rosedale series remains an annual matchup. A new rivalry is in the making with Nebraska, with the teams competing for the Heroes Trophy.
Iowa is famous for its extremely successful collegiate wrestling program. Through 2010, the Hawkeyes wrestling team has won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Coach Dan Gable's Gang won nine straight NCAA team championships (1978 to 1986) and three times won three in a row (1991 to 1993, 1995 to 1997, and 2008 to 2010). Iowa's 51 NCAA Champions have won a total of 77 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 15 two-time champions. Furthermore, Iowa's 132 all-Americans have earned all-America status 269 times, including 16 four-time, 29 three-time and 34 two-time honorees. Sports Illustrated named the Iowa program one of the top sports dynasties of the 20th century. Tom Brands, a four-time All-American and Olympic gold medalist, is the current head wrestling coach.
Men's basketball 
Throughout history, the Hawkeyes have enjoyed the successes of eight Big Ten regular season conference championships, the last coming in 1979. More recently, Iowa has won the Big Ten tournament twice, in 2001 and 2006. Iowa also has 22 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament appearances, including three Final Fours, reaching the semifinals in 1955 and 1980 and playing in the championship game against the University San Francisco in 1956.
Women's basketball 
The Iowa Hawkeye women's basketball team experienced great success in the 1980s and early 1990s under coach C. Vivian Stringer. In 1985, the Hawkeyes became the first women's basketball team in history to sellout in advance. During Stringer's tenure, the Hawkeyes appeared in 10 Women's NCAA Tournaments, including 9 consecutive berths from 1985–86 through 1993–94. Additionally, the Hawkeyes appeared in the 1993 Women's Final Four, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the semifinals. Stringer's successor at Iowa, Angie Lee, took Iowa to an additional 3 NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance during the 1995–96 season. Current coach Lisa Bluder has taken the Hawkeyes to five NCAA tournaments and two WNIT berths, including an appearance in the WNIT semifinals during the 2004–2005 season. Most recently, the women were Big 10 Champions (tying with Ohio State) in 2008.
Other sports 
Other sports at the university include field hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, gymnastics, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, cross country, and rowing. In addition, UI has many club teams that compete in fencing, water polo, baseball, rugby, lacrosse, volleyball, crew, soccer, ultimate, ice hockey, cricket and other sports and there is also a women's flag football team.
Academy Award 
- Diablo Cody – Screenwriter and winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Juno"
- Charles Guggenheim – A Washington, D.C.—based documentary filmmaker who has won three Academy Awards and been nominated for eight others
Grammy Award 
- David Sanborn – six time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist
- Al Jarreau – Grammy Award-winning vocalist
Pulitzer Prize 
- Robert Olen Butler Jr., Won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, among other literary awards
- Marquis Childs – Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator
- Paul Conrad – Former editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964, 1971, and 1984
- Michael Cunningham – award-winning American writer/novelist, best known for his Pulitzer Prize novel The Hours
- Paul Harding – author of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tinkers".
- Donald Justice – Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry
- Jane Smiley – Pulitzer Prize winning American Novelist
- William De Witt Snodgrass – confessional poet and 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner
- Mark Strand – poet, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1999 for "A Blizzard of One"
- Tennessee Williams – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.
- Jorie Graham – alumna, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and MacArthur Fellow on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop
- Robert Hass – Pulitzer Prize winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States.
- Josephine Johnson – Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, writing instructor
- Stephen Berry – 1993 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a story he co-authored while at the Orlando Sentinel, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- James Alan McPherson – Pulitzer Prize winning author and MacArthur Fellow, faculty in the Iowa Writers' Workshop
- Marilynne Robinson – 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning author for Gilead: A Novel, faculty in the Iowa Writers' Workshop
- R. William Field – Associate Professor, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
- James Kennedy – professor of the history of the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam
- Allan J. Kuethe – historian of Latin America
- Minnette Gersh Lenier – teacher who used magic to improve students’ learning skills
- W. Ann Reynolds – chancellor of the California State University and City University of New York
- Clifford V. Smith, Jr. – the 4th chancellor of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
- William A. Staples – president of the University of Houston–Clear Lake
- Archie Alexander – first African-American graduate (in engineering); and, governor of the Virgin Islands
- M. M. Ayoub – a pioneer in the field of ergonomics
- Alfred Marshall Bailey – ornithologist and long-term Director of the Denver Museum of Natural History
- Sidney W. Bijou (1908–2009), developmental psychologist
- Lawrence Einhorn – pioneering oncologist whose research increased testicular cancer survival rates from 10% to 95%
- Mildred Adams Fenton – geologist, palentolologist & writer on palentology
- Leon Festinger – social psychologist who was responsible for the theory of Cognitive dissonance.
- James E. Hansen – heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and was recognized in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2006, for his efforts to bring understanding and fighting the effects of global climate change.
- Bruce C. Heezen – lead a team from Columbia University which mapped the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
- Darrell Huff – writer who is best known for best selling book How to Lie with Statistics.
- Tom Krimigis – space scientist/physicist
- Marshall Kay – geologist and Penrose Medal winner
- E.F. Lindquist – co-founder of the ACT examination
- Charles F. Lynch – Medical Director of the Iowa Cancer Registry
- Deane Montgomery – mathematician
- Kent Norman – Cognitive Psychologist and expert on computer rage
- Clair Cameron Patterson – geochemist who developed the uranium-lead dating method into lead-lead dating , worked on the Manhattan Project , and lead early campaigns against lead poisoning.
- Oswald Veblen – mathematician
- George Gallup – founder of the Gallup Poll
- Scott Heiferman – founder and CEO, Meetup.com; founder, Fotolog.com
- Howard R. Hughes, Sr. – father of noted aviation pioneer and film producer Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. and builder his fortune that started his empire.
- Kerry Killinger – chairman and CEO of Washington Mutual
- C. Maxwell Stanley – engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder of Stanley Consultants, The Stanley Foundation and co-founder of HON Industries.
- Ted Waitt – co-founder of Gateway, Inc.
- Frank R. Wallace (pen name for Wallace Ward), 1957, entrepreneur, publisher, writer, and developer of the Neo-Tech philosophy
Government and politics 
- Theodore J. Bauer – former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Terry E. Branstad – Two-time Governor of Iowa , and longest-tenured Governor in the nation
- David E. Bonior – formerly representing Michigan in the United States House of Representatives , current member of president Obama's Economic Advisory Board.
- John Burke (politician) – tenth Governor of North Dakota
- James Cartwright – U.S. Marine Corps General and currently the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Norm Coleman – former Democratic mayor of St. Paul, former Junior Republican U.S. Senator of Minnesota
- Martha Angle Dorsett – the first woman admitted to the Bar of Minnesota (in 1878)
- James Dooge – Irish Senator and Academic in the area of Hydrology; served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Irish Government, and instrumental in forming the framework of the modern European Union and beginning the debate on climate change
- Paul C. Gartzke – Presiding Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
- Mads Gilbert – European doctor in Gaza providing humanitarian care at Al-Shifa Hospital during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict
- Leo A. Hoegh – former Governor of Iowa and National Security Council member
- Chuck Horner – United States Air Force general – commanded Coalition Air Forces during the Gulf War
- Wu Jin – Minister of Education of Taiwan 1996–1998
- George Koval – Soviet intelligence officer and Hero of the Russian Federation
- Donald P. Lay – judge of the Eighth Circuit
- John Walter Grant MacEwan – MS 1928 – Western Canadian Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Canadian legislator ,and Mayor of Calgary
- Jayaprakash Narayan – Indian freedom fighter, social reformer, politician
- Kay A. Orr – first Republican woman Governor in the United States
- John E. Osborn – Commissioner, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; executive vice president and general counsel of Cephalon, Dendreon, and US Oncology
- Gregory A. Peterson – Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
- John Pickler – member of the United States House of Representatives
- Coleen Rowley – shared 2002 Time "Person of the Year" award; the FBI whistleblower who helped bring in terrorist suspect Zacarias Moussaoui.* Mary Louise Smith – Former chair of the National Republican Committee, and former vice chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
- Juanita Kidd Stout – First woman appointed as a federal judge; Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice
- Jim Summerville – Tennessee Senator
- Hugh E. Wild – U.S. Air Force Brigadier General
- Ann Williams – member of Illinois House of Representatives
- L. D. Hotchkiss – editor-in-chief, Los Angeles Times
- Tom Brokaw – broadcast journalist, former anchor NBC Nightly News, author "The Greatest Generation"
- Mildred Benson – writer under penname Carolyn Keene of Nancy Drew books
- T.C. Boyle – PEN/Faulkner award-winning writer, World's End and Drop City
- Sandra Cisneros – author "The House on Mango Street"
- Max Allan Collins – Writer of the comic strip "Dick Tracy." (Chester Gould was the creator of the strip and Collins took over in 1977 when Gould retired.) Collins also writes mystery novels
- Rita Dove – 1993 Poet Laureate of the United States
- David Drake – Science fiction writer who wrote Hammer's Slammers series.
- Andre Dubus – renowned short story writer who wrote "Killings" adapted into 2001 film In the Bedroom.
- Jeannette Eyerly – writer of young adult fiction
- Joshua Ferris – novelist
- Charles Gaines – writer, author of Pumping Iron and inventor of paintball.
- Ezzat Goushegir – playwright
- Joe Haldeman – science fiction writer who wrote The Forever War.
- John Irving – writer, A Widow for One Year and The World According to Garp
- Denis Johnson – author of Jesus' Son
- Tracy Kidder – Author of The Soul of a New Machine – Among Schoolchildren, House and Old Friends
- W.P. Kinsella – author whose works include Shoeless Joe , the book on which Field of Dreams was based
- William Lashner – author of Past Due
- Robie Macauley – novelist and editor of Playboy
- Bharati Mukherjee – Bengali-American writer
- Flannery O'Connor – Novelist and author of numerous short stories
- Chris Offutt – short story writer and essayist
- Jim Simmerman – poet, refused to perform the University's MFA poetry thesis reading requirement but still graduated, then stole and tore up his own MFA thesis from the library; founded the creative writing program at Northern Arizona University
- Wallace Stegner – author
- Stewart Stern – screenwriter who wrote scripts for Rebel Without a Cause and Sybil.
- Douglas Unger – novelist and founder of UNLV's creative writing MFA program
- Yu Guangzhong – Taiwanese poet and author.
Performing arts 
- Tom Arnold – actor (Roseanne, True Lies) and host of Fox Sports Net's talk show , Best Damn Sports Show Period
- David Eigenberg – actor that plays Steve Brady on HBO series Sex and the City
- Simon Estes – bass baritone opera singer, formerly of the New York Metropolitan Opera
- Tanna Frederick – stage and independent film actress
- Bruce French – actor in Mr. Mom, Legal Eagles, Fletch.
- Robin Green – Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner. executive producer of the HBO series The Sopranos
- Joy Harjo – poet, songwriter
- Candace Hilligoss – actress in 1960 film Carnival of Souls
- Mary Beth Hurt – actress in The World According to Garp and Interiors
- Toby Huss – actor, creator of Artie, the Strongest Man in the World from The Adventures of Pete and Pete which he created at No Shame Theatre at the university.
- Ashton Kutcher – actor
- Adam LeFevre – film and television actor, playwright.
- Nicholas Meyer – director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Terry O'Quinn – star of movies and television including ABC's hit Lost
- Lara Parker – actress who played Angelique in ABC-TV serial Dark Shadows
- Eugene Rousseau – internationally-known saxophonist
- Brandon Routh – actor, Superman Returns
- Paul Rust – star of I Love You, Beth Cooper
- Jean Seberg – actress
- Dave Strackany – musician
- Susan Werner – singer-songwriter
- Gene Wilder – Comedic film and television actor whose credits include "Silver Streak," "Young Frankenstein ," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Stir Crazy."
- Cal Eldred – retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 14 years
- Milo Hamilton – Sportscaster for the Iowa Hawkeyes and seven different Major League Baseball teams and recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award
- Hal Manders – relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in 1941, 1942, and 1946
- Wes Obermueller – Major League Baseball pitcher
- Jim Sundberg – Professional baseball catcher who played for the Texas Rangers and a number of other teams.
- Art Reinhart – Major League Baseball pitcher from 1919–1928
- B.J. Armstrong – former NBA point guard for the Chicago Bulls
- "Downtown" Freddie Brown – former NBA guard for the Seattle SuperSonics where he was captain of the 1978–79 World Championship team.
- Keno Davis – current men's basketball coach at Providence College
- Ricky Davis – NBA player currently with the Los Angeles Clippers
- Acie Earl – retired professional basketball player
- Bob Hansen – former NBA player for the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls – current basketball analyst for the Hawkeye Radio Network
- John Johnson – former NBA player on 1978–1979 Seattle SuperSonics championship team
- Noble Jorgensen – former NBA player for the Sheboygan Red Skins – Tri-Cities Blackhawks and Syracuse Nationals
- Brad Lohaus – former NBA player
- Don Nelson – former NBA player for the Boston Celtics and coach for the Golden State Warriors
- Tangela Smith – center for the WNBA Phoenix Mercury
- Bret Bielema – former football player and assistant coach. Now head coach of University of Arkansas
- Paul Burmeister – former NFL quarterback, current NFL Network anchor
- Jim Caldwell – head coach of Indianapolis Colts – 2009–2012.
- Dallas Clark – tight end for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts
- Sean Considine – Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Kerry Cooks – former NFL defensive back
- John Derby – former NFL linebacker
- Jeff Drost – former NFL defensive tackle
- Wayne Duke – Former and now retired Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference 1971–1989.
- Tim Dwight – former NFL player
- Dick Evans – former NFL player
- Wesley Fry – former general manager for the Oakland Raiders
- Robert Gallery – Offensive Tackle for the Oakland Raiders
- Dennis Green – former NFL head coach with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals
- Nate Kaeding – current NFL place kicker for the San Diego Chargers
- Harry Kalas – voice of the Philadelphia Phillies – NFL on Westwood One and NFL Films
- Aaron Kampman – current NFL defensive end for the Green Bay Packers.
- Alex Karras – actor and football player
- Nile Kinnick – Iowa's 1939 Heisman trophy winner with Iowa's Kinnick Stadium named for him in 1972.
- Chuck Long – closest ever Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1985. Now offensive coordinator at the University of Kansas
- Bruce Nelson (American football) – retired American football guard and center of the National Football League.
- Tom Moore – longtime NFL coach and offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts
- Merton Hanks – former NFL defensive back (4-time Pro Bowl selection)
- Homer Harris – a football player in 1937 who was the first African American captain of a Big Ten Conference team.
- Jay Hilgenberg – former NFL center for Chicago Bears (seven-time Pro Bowl selection)
- Lou Holtz – assistant football coach (1960), only football coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games
- Cal Jones – one of two Iowa football players to have his jersey retired and won the Outland Trophy in 1955.
- Ed Podolak – former NFL star with the Kansas City Chiefs – currently football analyst for the Hawkeye Radio Network
- Eddie Robinson – winningest coach in football history at Grambling State University from 1942 until 1997
- Reggie Roby – former NFL punter (3-time Pro Bowl Selection) for the Miami Dolphins
- Bob Sanders – starting safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League
- Zud Schammel – former NFL guard
- Scott Slutzker – former NFL player
- Larry Station – two-time All-American football player
- Bob Stoops – football player and coach. Now head coach of the University of Oklahoma
- Mark Stoops – football player. Now defensive coordinator at Florida State University
- Mike Stoops – football player and coach. Now head coach of the University of Arizona
- Andre Tippett – Hall of Fame former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots
- Emlen Tunnell – former NFL football player, first African American to play for the New York Giants; later played for the Green Bay Packers
- Ed Banach – Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold medalist 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, CA
- Lou Banach – Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, CA
- Terry Brands – Olympic Bronze medalist 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia
- Tom Brands – Olympic Gold Medalist 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, currently University of Iowa wrestling coach.
- Chuck Darling – member of the 1956 Summer Olympics gold medal basketball team.
- Deacon Jones, 1956 and 1960 Olympics – track and field
- Randall Lewis – Featherweight Olympic Gold medalist 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, CA
- George Saling – Olympic hurdler who won the 110 meter hurdles in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
- Barry Davis – Bantamweight Olympic Silver medalist 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles, CA
Track and field 
- Francis X. Cretzmeyer – track and field coach 1948–1978, coached Ted Wheeler and Deacon Jones (1956 and 1960 Olympics)
- Mel Rosen (born 1928), track coach
- Ted Wheeler – 1956 Olympics – track and field
See also 
- "NCSE Public Tables Endowment Market Values" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-29.
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