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  • Campus

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    Campus

    The campus features many notable buildings, including the Frank Gehry-designed Advanced Technological Laboratories, the Pentacrest and several museums. Check out our complete list of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers.

  • Touch the Earth

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    Touch the Earth

    The Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education program gets students outside. The idea is to foster adventure-based learning while teaching the technical skills and ethical moorings to protect both environment and participants.

  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

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    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

    The new CRWC boasts 20,000 square feet of fitness space, a 50-foot climbing wall, 18-foot-deep diving well, and other amenities.

  • Iowa City

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    Iowa City

    Iowa's campus is in one of the nation's most livable cities and has the excitement of Big Ten school, a beautiful campus, and thriving social scene.

  • Iowa Writers' Workshop

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    Iowa Writers' Workshop

    The University of Iowa is considered a public Ivy of the Midwest and is home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which has produced 13 Pulitzer Prize winners since 1947.

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