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Upper Iowa University

Established in 1857, Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private institution of higher education with its residential campus located in northeast Iowa, United States near the Volga River in the rural community of Fayette, where around 900 students are enrolled.


605 Washington St


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In 1854, Elizabeth Alexander, a pioneer living near what is now Fayette, Iowa, proposed the idea of a college to her husband, Robert, who donated $10,000 toward the cause. Their son-in-law, Samuel Robertson, donated $5,000 and 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. In 1856, the first Board of Trustees meeting was held; articles of Incorporation were adopted; and classes began January 7, 1857. The University now ranked top 100 in USA. In 1861, a company of male students and faculty members enlisted in the Army to fight in the American Civil War. Student-soldiers participated in 17 major battles, carrying a flag hand-sewn by UIU women students. In 1917, UIU male students joined the armed forces during World War I, while women students organized American Red Cross classes on campus; the UIU gym became a barracks, and the athletic field was the scene of military drills. By 1920, a systematic program of extension work throughout northeast Iowa had begun, with Upper Iowa referred to as "a pioneer in the field."[3] Those students who joined the service to fight in World War II took advantage of the G.I. Bill to complete their education, which dramatically increased Upper Iowa enrollment between 1947 and 1950. Record enrollments were also seen after the Vietnam War (1952�1970).[4] In 1972, Upper Iowa launched an external degree program that included Independent Study and Online Programs. In 1984 to present, UIU expanded to open locations across the U.S. Upper Iowa was approved by North Central to offer graduate degrees in 1995, and in 1999 started its International Program by establishing centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vancouver, Canada. The Andres Center for Business and Education was built in 2004 It was also during 1994 to 2003 that UIU underwent an aggressive landscaping and building renovation that brought changes to its Fayette campus. This included the construction of Lee Tower Residence Halls, the acquisition of a new physical plant building and the construction of a recreation center. In 2004, the new Andres Center for Business and Education was built, and Alan G. Walker was appointed the 20th president of the University. During summer 2009, the largest capital improvement project broke ground on the Fayette campus � $75 million � which will include a new student center, suite-style housing, and a Liberal Arts academic building.

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"Upper Iowa University provides student-centered undergraduate and graduate educational programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems in an environment in which diversity is respected, encouraged and nurtured."



William V. Allen, United States Senator from Nebraska, 1893 � 1901. William F. Albright, archaeologist who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls Raymond F. Chandler, current Sergeant Major of the Army Richard C. Clark, former United States Senator from Iowa, 1973�1979 Mike Eischeid, football player and punter in the National Football League for 9 seasons, 1963 David B. Henderson, the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from west of the Mississippi, 1861 Mary Lundby, Iowa State Senate, 1971 Carl Magee, inventor of the modern parking meter, 1896 John Mott (attended), leader of the Y.M.C.A. movement and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for his work with prisoners of war Larry Nemmers, National Football League game official, B.S. Biology, 1965 Gerald C. Olesen, U.S. Air National Guard general, Assistant Adjutant General of Wisconsin George Safford Parker, founder of the Parker Pen Company, 1882 Roger C. Schultz, United States Army Lieutenant General and Director of the Army National Guard, B.S. Management, 1980 Rob Taylor, Iowa House of Representatives[11] Claude Welch, President and Dean, Graduate Theological Union



Rural 100 Acres (0.40 Km2)