On Location: Campus Tour

On Location: Campus Tour


[Music] Hi! I’m Allison, and I’m Austin, and we’re On Location, to introduce you to The University of Iowa’s Campus. The University of Iowa has over 32,000 total students and 23,000 undergraduates. Iowa is a large research university but it really doesn’t feel that big. 80% of classes have fewer than 30 students. As a student at Iowa, you’ll have the oppurtunity to explore your interests with over 200 areas of study, as well as direct access to resources that will provide you with academic support, as well as a professional experience. The T. Anne Cleary Walk Way extends from the Univeristy of Iowa’s east-side residence halls, all the way to the Pentacrest. There are six residence halls on the East side of campus: Burge, Currier, Stanley, Catlett, Daum, and Mayflower. The walkway is also connected to the Blank Honors Center, which houses the University of Iowa’s Honors Program, as well as the Pomerantz center, which provides academic and career advising support to U of I students. We’re standing at the center of the Univeristy of Iowa’s campus, also know as The Pentacrest. The word “Pentacrest” comes from the location of five buildings that meet at the crest of the hill, which you can see behind me. Many first year students will have classes in and around the Pentacrest. The buidling at the center of the Pentacrest is the Old Capitol, which was the first permanent state capitol of Iowa, before it moved to Des Moines in 1857. Located just down the hill from the Pentacrest, the Iowa Memorial Union is a great place for students to grab a bite to eat, study, or just enjoy a view of the Iowa River from the terrace. The IMU also houses many of our 500 student orginizations on campus. Downtown Iowa City is literally right across the street from the Pentacrest, and it offers restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping, all within walking distance of campus. Iowa City was recently ranked the third best college town in America. Many studetns give back to the Iowa City community, putting in thousands of hours of volunteer time each year. The Univeristy of Iowa’s main libray is the largest library system in the state of Iowa, and has 5 million volumes in its entire system. The main library also features a learning commons facility which offers high tech study spaces to Iowa students. It also showcases interesting exhibits that are open and free to the public, like the recently popular Star Trek exhibit. Across the street is the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, also known as the CRWC. The CRWC has over 20,000 sqaure feet of fitness space and a fifty-two and a half foot climbing wall, and leisure pool. Students have access to this facility and all of its free fitness classes with their student ID. Cambus is a Univeristy of Iowa transportation service that is free to all Iowa students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Cambus is an easy and reliable way for students to get around campus. There are four residence halls on the west side of campus: Hillcrest, Peterson, Reinow, and Slater. Behind me is Peterson, which was completed in 2015. A large number of Iowa Students do undergraduate research. We’re in the pharmacy building where new drugs are discovered, and exisitng drugs are improved upon. This, and other research oppurtunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences business and of course health and medicine are available to Univeristy of Iowa students. Also located on the west side of the river is the Iowa arts campus, which includes theater, music, art and the newly built performing arts center: the Hancher Auditorium, which hosts world class theatre, music, and dance performances for faculty, staff, students and the community. The West side of campus is home to Hawkeye Athletics. On Saturdays in the Fall, more than 70,00 fans pack into Kinnick Stadium to cheer on the Hawkeye football team. Just down the road is Carver-Hawkeye Arena which is the home venue for men and women’s basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling. The University of Iowa is very well known for its pre-med, nursing, and other health science programs. At the UIHC Iowa Students are afforded the opportunity to do research and to volunteer at one of the top hospitals in the nation. Each year, Iowa Students dedicate over 42,00 hours of their time to volunteering at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. There’s also the new and improved Stead Family Childrens Hospital. Dance Marathon and its dedicated Iowa students have helped to make the building of this hospital possible. The hospital is 14 floors tall and includes a childrens theater and a roof-top terrace, where children can watch the Hawkeyes play at the Kinnick Stadium, and still receive the care they need. Be sure to check out the Univeristy of Iowa in person and discover our beautiful campus. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll even wind up a Hawkeye yourself. Until next time, I’m Austin, and I’m Allison. See you soon Hawkeyes!

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