The University of Iowa is a public research university located in Iowa City, Iowa. It is the oldest public university in the state. The university is organized into eleven colleges granting undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees; and it is the home of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the nation. Iowa was the first American institution of higher learning to accept creative work for academic credit, and developed the Master of Fine Arts degree. Iowa Writers’ Workshop program is widely regarded as the best-known, most-established writing program in the country.