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U of Iowa not just party school folks

August 5, 2013 - Andy Heintz
So the annual list is out.

Shocking. The University of Iowa is one of the best party schools in the nation. Breaking news.

Not really. Iowa makes this list nearly every year. This year, it came in at No. 1. Last year, Iowa was No. 2. But in 2011, it did not appear in the top 25 of one list.

One point I will make is that, I am not sure this list really means anything. How do you go from not being in the top 25 one year to suddenly No. 2 the next?

The main purpose for this blog today is because I found myself defending the academic standards of the University of Iowa. And I am not even an alum.

A few of my friends and I got into a debate on a social network about the topic. And the underlying conclusion for most of the debaters was that the University of Iowa cares more about drinking they it cares about academics.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

To be a part of the Big Ten Conference, institutions have to be a part of the Association of American Universities club. Iowa is. There are just 62 institutions in this club, which is dedicated to a number of academic standards and requirements, including overall academics.

I found another link that lists the top public academic schools in the nation and Iowa comes in at 28 on that list. It's not No. 1. But 28th is certainly the upper percentages when looking at all the public universities in the nation.

The University of Iowa and U of I President Sally Mason are aware of the "party school" tag line and have made strides to improve this. They put down stricter tailgating rules and the city has instituted tougher laws and penalties against drinking as well. There is only so much they can do. It is up to the students to clean up the image as a whole.

But even if the school is regarded as a top party school nationally, so what. That doesn't mean the students aren't studying, aren't graduating and aren't getting successful jobs after they graduate.

There is no way any type of research done on public institutions would place Iowa in the top 30 nationally if they weren't also successful in the classroom.

I don't like that the University makes this list almost every year. But schools like Duke, Rutgers and Syracuse have also made the list in recent years.

Are you going to tell me that those institutions are not worthy academically?

Of course not.


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