Iowa College Students in 1947

Partly because of the G.I. Bill, the University of Iowa, like many universities across the United States, experienced a surge in enrollment following the Second World War. In 1947, two years after the war ended, Margaret Bourke-White came to campus and took some pictures. Here are some of them, courtesy of the amazing LIFE photo archive.

One thing is for sure: college students used to dress better.

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War veteran Pat Callaghan (L), 20, an Iowa Univ. student, sitting in religion class w. his pet black cocker spaniel Timmy O’Toole, who accompanys him to all classes on campus.

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