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Iowa City, IA
Undergrads
19,639
Tuition (in-state)
$26,279 ($8,057)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2178 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The University of Iowa has a gorgeous campus, with several modern and resourceful buildings. The library has a large amount of study spaces and sound-proof rooms which any student may use. It also contains several computers scattered about, along with a computer lab around the corner. Also on the first floor, there is a dining area with food that can be bought with regular money or with school flex dollars. On the higher floors are more computer labs, books, and several study spaces that get quieter the higher you go.

Another building I find very impressive is the Recreation Center. It has a smoothie/food store at the bottom with delicious options for everyone. It also has a rock climbing wall, a weight-lifting area, a pool which contains a lazy river, a hot tub, and a small rock climbing wall, and an Olympic sized pool with a diving area. The upper two levels contain any kind of workout equipment imaginable, and a full track and basketball courts.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, so I cannot comment on what a typical internship is like. I do have friends with internships who find them worthwhile and enjoy them. I plan on having some sort of a medical internship in the future but I am currently focused on the neuroscience research that I began in my first semester of college. I have no concerns about finding an internship though because I know that the hospital associated with the University of Iowa is fantastic and I look forward to getting an opportunity to be a part of it and to help people. I also have met several students who got internships at the hospital so I know that there are opportunities available as long as I push myself and work just as hard as I always do.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: To get into my programs (I am double-majoring in Neurobiology and Human Physiology), all I had to do was meet with my Pre-Medical advisor and discuss my interests. From there I worked with him to choose the majors that were most interesting to me and best suited to my future goals. I did not encounter any difficulties along the way. My advisor was very helpful and interested in my wants/needs, making it easy to reach a decision. Once I had made a decision, all that was necessary for my admission to the programs was getting some paperwork signed and processed.

My only tips for admission would be to show that you are well-rounded. Although I didn't have perfect grades in high school or a perfect ACT score, I was well-rounded in other areas, making up for the fact that the regular components colleges usually seemed to look for weren't perfect. I suggest worrying less about perfect grades and instead doing something (or lots of things) that you are passionate about. The work and commitment you put into these will show through. For example, I was a gymnast all throughout high school and I practiced 16-20 hours a week and along with competitions. I was also the Secretary of Spanish Club, the Co-Captain of Worldwide Youth in Sciences and Engineering, a member of Key Club and the National Honors Society, and I even participated in Forensics when I could. On top of all of these school commitments, I was an active member of my church, having gone on three week-long mission trips and regularly speaking in church services, and I volunteered as a mentor to Special Education students participating in a musical during my free time. These made up for my slightly less-than-perfect GPA and ACT score.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a good amount of variety as far as dining options go, but the healthy options are of low quality and make it even easier and more desirable to eat unhealthy food. It is difficult to find healthy food that is fresh and/or cooked well. The unhealthy options, however, are excellent. Overall the dining food is average.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The RA's are very good at helping us with anything we need and inforcing rules.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's so many places on campus to go and so much to see.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are emergency buttons all over campus spread out to make us feel safe and there's cameras everywhere. When there is a sexual assault everyone on campus gets an email.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Different options are all around each corner if we ever get tired of cafe food

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I guess it depends on the major you're in but Iowa has a large range of different majors to dive into

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program because there's so many people in it and it's easy to find friends to help study and explain anything we don't understand.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Different chapters are different for each person, I'm not in Greek life

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love being in our facilities because they're easy to get to and a great place to be

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends on where you live for each rating

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love exploring new places to eat at Iowa

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are easy and worth receiving

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always something to do downtown at Iowa

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The wide variety is great and the process is easy

4 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife at Iowa is mostly centered in the downtown area where all of the bars are at. It has both a positive and negative impact on the student experience. A lot of different student populations attend the bars on the weekends and you always meet a wide variety of people in a social setting which can be a lot of fun. Some people get caught up in all the partying though and loose focus on their studies for a little while. Nightlife at Iowa definitely draws people in to see what it is all about and it is definitely something every student should experience. I wouldn't want to party anywhere else.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are many dining opportunities off campus ranging from sports bars to date night worthy restaurants which are all thoroughly enjoyable. There are no professional sports in the state of Iowa so most are involved which the university sporting events so the atmosphere on game day is always buzzing with excitement! There is a large mall about 15 minutes away from campus that has just about everything someone could buy in one shopping trip.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Iowa puts on many events that they encourage everyone to participate in. The recreational centers that are available to students have everything possible that students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They have many recreational activities available there as well for people not only interested in the weight room.

The University library was just expanded and it is one of my favorite places to study. They have many options for different studying areas. They have soundproof group study rooms that you can rent out to work with your friends or maybe some classmates on a group project, they have many open areas and many different rooms and computers available to the students, along with floors that not as many people use if you wish to study in a quiet area. They put a little snack stand inside for those of us who spend long hours in the library during finals week or just all year round.

The green spaces on campus are also something that drew me to Iowa. Our campus is centered around the Old Capital which contains beautifully kept green spaces that you can sit and study on or just nap underneath a tree in between classes.

4 College Junior

Majors: The admission process into my program is very strict but very straightforward. We do not have a direct admissions program into Pharmacy school at Iowa but you have an option of taking a two or three year general education program with an easy to follow, helpful timeline of the courses you need to complete before applying. When those general education courses are completed, you take the PCAT and apply to the school. The advisors involved with the program will walk you through each step and suggest many helpful ways to make the application process much easier.

College Junior

Majors: I have not yet made it into the graduate pharmacy program at the University yet. I am on a three year general education program before applying so right now I am only a Health Studies major with a Pharmacy Interest. Being in the health studies program gives you a lot of different options to look at while taking courses that are required for many different fields of study so if you wanted to switch your major, you would not have to take many additional courses. You are required to take courses that are not necessarily required for your major which I thoroughly enjoy because they give you so much extra knowledge that can be useful in your future program.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors are very knowledgeable and are there to make sure you understand the material they are teaching. Some classes may seem overwhelming because our lecture halls are so huge but that is why the professors have office hours and smaller discussion classes that meet once a week to do a breakdown on the material. The classes offer a lot of information to be learned as long as you are dedicated to what you are doing.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Personally, I do not have a degree from the school yet but I know for a fact that Iowa has one of the best job placement rates for most majors offered there. For pharmacy alone, there was a 99% job placement rate for all graduates in the field. A lot of my friends who just graduated from the University were able to find full time jobs to be started right after graduation. An Iowa degree is one of the best you can possess.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of the off-campus dining places that I like to go to require a car but I would recommend most to any students. They offer good prices with many different options. There are many sports bars/restaurants that you can attend but also nice dining if you want a change of pace.

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Kelly McPhee
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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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