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Instruction in engineering at The University of Iowa began in 1857, soon after the University was founded. The first graduate degree, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, was granted in June 1908, and in 1926 the College of Engineering was established.
Today some 440 graduate students, approximately 27.5 percent of the college's enrollment, study with 85 faculty members. They perform research in the college's six academic programs (biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering) and in its four major research units (the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the Center for Computer-Aided Design, the IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, and the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging).
The University of Iowa is a major public research university with a long-standing commitment to teaching, research, and service. Founded in 1847 as Iowa's first public institution of higher learning, the University has long been a national leader in such areas as creative writing, space physics, educational testing, and health sciences. Today the University enrolls 28,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The University's 1,800 faculty members are teachers and researchers in 11 colleges: Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Graduate, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.
A forward-looking community provides a special setting for The University of Iowa. Iowa City is casual and cosmopolitan, a meeting place for scholars, artists, and scientists. It is home to University students, faculty, and staff from throughout the United States and some 90 other countries. Together with the University, it offers a wealth of civic and cultural activities to satisfy every interest.
The relationship between Iowa City and the University is friendly, cooperative, and supportive. Faculty, staff, and students share the responsibilities of community government and service with business, professional, and working people outside the University. Together they create an environment for growth in learning and business, in health and social well-being.
A community of 60,000 people, Iowa City lies within 300 miles of Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. The city is accessible by airlines serving the Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City), major bus lines, and autos from major highways.