Did You Know? 1880’s.

Iowa City’s Commercial Colleges – Taking Care Of Business.

Did you know that for most of Iowa City’s first century, there were many other schools in town – besides SUI – that were competing for students? Between the 1840’s and 1890’s, there were numerous private business colleges formed in Iowa City – The Athens of Iowa – all designed to train up hundreds of young men and women in the highly-marketable skills of short-hand, typing, and business administration.

The Iowa City Academy, Iowa City College, Mechanics Academy, Iowa City Commercial College, and the SUI School of Short-Hand & Reporters’ Bureau are just a few.

Come read more about these numerous business colleges that filled the streets of Iowa City in the late 19th century.


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