In chapter 18, Michael Shale enrolls at the University of Iowa.
The University of Iowa (also known as the UI, U of I, or simply Iowa) is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, Iowa is the oldest university in the state. The University of Iowa is the flag ship university for the state of Iowa. The University of Iowa is organized into eleven colleges offering more than 200 areas of study and seven professional degrees.
The university has a research hospital and it is referred to in the novel. An article about Michael Shale is written by one of the doctors and that’s what puts the evil Senator Perkins on the path of The Smart Kid.