Iowa City, IA
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$26,279 ($8,057)
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Reviews 2039 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Even with increased measures and safety education there have still been sexual assault and physical assault cases on or near campus.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown is known for it's diversity of food in both variety of type (i.e. vegan, ethnic) and cost. Many restaurants are near each other and within walking distance so it there's opportunity to visit them all over a period of time.

4 College Student

Scholarships: The only con to financial aid is having to go to the actual building sometimes to handle things instead of being able to do things in just one appt and through email/phone for those who don't live in town or on-campus.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: It's not as cultural as Chicago or another big city but it's known for it's regular activities and events geared towards community involvement and social attraction to the area. The attitude of locals to students is usually positive with employers seeing college students as dependable and good part-time help.

5 College Student

Diversity: The campus has a Safe Zone initiative that includes a 2 day training to bring awareness and understanding to students, staff and faculty as well as a Diversity office dedicated to this same initiative for minorities of all kinds. There are also many international programs and classes to learn about different cultures, backgrounds and assist in foreigners' orientation and acclimation to the community. It is a high priority of the college as a whole.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There a a lot of options between apartments (single or shared, furnished or not), condos, houses for rent or purchase, rooms for rent in someone's house etc. The cost is somewhat higher than I feel appropriate but it's convenient and independent living. Safety is similar to anywhere near campus.

4 College Student

Nightlife: There are a lot of places to go for just some casual entertainment as well as a plethora of events hosted daily and weekly around the local community that get the night started. Taxi's and night ride service are readily available.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: The school has a party reputation so I think some freshmen feel the need to live up to the hype but the culture and atmosphere promote academics and safety above all and therefore the students soon learn to "party" in moderation or not at all if they want to be successful, and they do.

4 College Student

Academics: The MBA is an accredited program and has some of the most qualified and helpful instructors available. The part-time program workload is manageable and the curriculum is always current and useful content.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The school tries to take a hard stance against alcohol and drug abuse though it is known as a party school. I would say the policies are as inclusive and effective as expected for college students and the students are very focused on academics primarily.

5 College Student

Athletics: Both the on and off campus community fully support and show up for college athletic events and competitions and it is widely accepted and embraced though not the MOST important part of the educational experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't as much variety than I expected. Most of the ethnically diverse places are expensive

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't party much, but from what I know of the people that do party and club like it here in Iowa City

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of individuals on campus are middle class caucasians.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program is art, which I am happy with. The facilities are great, and there are a lot of events that cater to helping you on your way to getting the type of job you want. My only problem is that because of the '08 flooding the Studio Arts building is now in the old Menards building off campus, which is really inconvenient, having to travel between Art Building West and Studio Arts.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have not personally done an internship but I know there are a lot of opportunities and events that the campus and different programs help host and facilitate.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Iowa city is great, its not too small or too big. Coming from a small town, I wasn't overwhelmed at all by the size. There are plenty of things to do on and off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. There are the emergency towers all around campus, but you really don't see security patrolling the grounds like I would have expected. There are a lot more cases of sexual assault on campus than I had expected, which I think is the biggest safety problem here.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I found living on campus to be the right fit for me. I didn't have to deal with leases or monthly bills. I lived in Mayflower, which is nice, the rooms have an apartment feel to them. However, Mayflower is farther from campus and it was definitely an inconvenience at times. My worst experience with Mayflower was moving in. The parking lot is so small and jam packed, with everyone trying to get in and out. Also the elevators are very slow (moving between 8 floors). I highly suggest moving in early to avoid the hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My experience with getting financial aid was as good as it is at any other college...meaning not the greatest. I was able to get the loans I needed but there really wasn't many scholarship opportunities available to me. You definitely have to hunt for them depending on your major and the criteria that you meet.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Depending on where you are from really effects how you perceive the weather here. I'm an Iowa native, so I'm used to the weather being all over the place (i.e. snowing in May). The summers get hot and the winters brutally cold. Take the Cambus if you can otherwise be sure to bring thick socks, scarves, gloves, and even thermals to wear underneath (you will definitely use them at some point!) Also a nice pair of boots for winter and early spring.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have only ever used the Cambus and it is a great feature of the campus. It definitely takes some time to get used to and figuring out the routes and times. I loved that it was free and the drivers are helpful with questions. The buses run frequently during the late morning to late afternoon, especially around the main campus. Depending on the time or day it can be difficult getting to where you need to go. If you have to go farther outside of campus, you usually have to plan on waiting at some point for the next bus (which can be upwards of 30 minutes).

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The school has a lot of spaces with computers and printers. I brought my own laptop and the wifi connection was always good. The school also offers free software from lynda.com to students which was a huge plus for me as a graphic design student. My only issue is the printing costs. My last school had unlimited printing for students. Here, you are limited to $10.00 with each page costing about a nickel to fifty cents depending on color/B&W.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've never had a problem with campus administration.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very expensive. You really don't get much bang for your buck. The most affordable options are either run-down or very far from campus. It's great if you are able to get a group to split the costs.


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Kelly McPhee
Naperville, IL
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Most students who come to the University of Iowa are happy with what they’ve found, and few are willing to trade their experiences for anything else. With a combination of solid academics and a college town atmosphere that caters to the social scene, UI students find themselves in a well-balanced environment. Iowa isn’t an Ivy League school, but it does provide a strong education with a focus on career choices. Iowa is not a party school, but its students know how to relax and have fun while keeping up with their workload.

Since it is such a large institution, UI can seem faceless and intimidating at first, but this quickly dissolves as the tight-knit social scene among college students presents itself. With a huge variety of clubs, sports, and other activities on and around campus, plus Iowa City’s bars and downtown area, there are as many ways to meet people and make friends as there are people to meet. Students who have the worst experience at Iowa—or at college in general—are the ones who don’t become involved with things that are going on around them. While Iowa City might not be somewhere you decide to stay for the rest of your life, it can be the ideal atmosphere for getting a college education and learning to live on your own. The experience of the University of Iowa is largely what each student makes of it. There is plenty to learn and take advantage of at UI, both in and out of the classroom.

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