University of Iowa
Strengths in FY 2010
In FY 2010 the University of Iowa continued planning toward a revitalized arts campus for the 21st century that will include new facilities for Hancher and the School of Music. The University made great strides in this effort during FY 2010, despite continuing financial challenges associated with the flood of 2008.
During FY 2010 (August 2009), U.S. News and World Report named the University of Iowa the 29th best public national university in the country. The UI’s top-ranked creative writing program is among 21 programs regularly recognized on national top 10 lists. Across the Iowa River, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News (July 2009) for the 20th consecutive year, with seven medical specialties cited among the top 50 in their fields.
The University’s fall 2009 enrollment of 30,328 included a record 2,421 international students, an increase of 10.5% over fall 2008. A record 802 international undergraduates represented a nearly 40% increase from fall 2008.
In February 2010, the annual student-organized Dance Marathon raised more than $1 million for the third consecutive year for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Student organizers received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for their extraordinary efforts. Thanks in part to this and other UI service programs, Volunteering in America named the state of Iowa second in the nation in volunteerism.
UI senior and Presidential Scholar Alexandra Keenan of Urbandale, Iowa, was named by Glamour magazine as one of the “Top 10 College Women” on U.S. college campuses. Ali was also named by USA TODAY to its annual All-USA College Academic Team, honoring her outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.
Maria Drout, a senior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was the recipient of a 2010 Churchill Scholarship, which is awarded nationally each year to only 14 outstanding math, science and engineering students. Maria is the second-ever Churchill scholar from the UI. With this award, she will study for one year at the University of Cambridge in England.
Timothy Barrett, research scientist and adjunct professor of papermaking at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, was the recipient of a $500,000 fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur Fellowships, popularly known as the “genius grants,” are awarded to individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality and dedication to their creative pursuits.
The University and the University of Iowa Foundation reported $169.6 million in outright and deferred gifts to benefit areas throughout the university, the third best fund-raising year on record. In addition, FY 2010 saw a 16.7% increase in the number of gifts to the University, and an increase of nearly 10,000 givers.