University of Iowa, founded in 1847, is a public research university located in Iowa City, Iowa. It houses over 22,000 undergraduates, smallest among the Big Ten public universities. It offers a diverse but compact learning environment; home to one of the top medical centers in the country and the world-renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It has nearly 500 student organizations and a great arts scene, opening doors to opportunities while fostering a sense of belonging. The Hawkeyes keep the spirits up, playing in hundreds of widely-attended home games every year! The surrounding city has all of the makings of a fun college town, with its wonderful views, restaurants and entertainment. Notable U of I alumni include actor Ashton Kutcher and novelist John Irving. UI, located along the banks of the Iowa River, is an affordable university with a vibrant campus life.