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4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major is definitely difficult. I love all of the options it gives me and I like the professors.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have gotten involved in research but I have not done an internship yet. I don't think it would be beneficial in my area of interest.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in a sorority but some of my friends are. We all still hang out and it doesn't really affect us socially.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on and it feels like the city revolves around the college and loves its students.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love how excited everyone gets for the football and basketball games. They are a lot of fun!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The dorms are very strict and don't let kids get away with much.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was able to get a couple scholarships but unfortunately because of FASFA I was unable to receive any more help.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of good food. Some can be pricey and others are just chain restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe for the most part. The only time I ever don't feel quite comfortable is walking alone at night.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life is present at Iowa. You definitely don't need to be in a sorority or frat to enjoy going to school there or to make new friends but it helps.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different places to choose from depending on what you like. There are many places that you can go from a quick bite but also great sit-down restaurants. Also, the late night and delivery options are great.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: i plan on getting an internship next summer. This is a very important step for me on my path to graduation.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: You do need to put the work in to get admitted to the Business program. You also need to complete various pre-rec but it isn't impossible if you apply yourself.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many various programs you can choose from. The professors are easy to talk to if you approach them with questions. Also, the TA are there to provide help if you need it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a business major there is a lot of work to do but it is not impossible to manage. There are many job and internship opportunities offered at the job and internship fair.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The cops are very visible downtown at night. You need to be careful and follow the rules to be out of the bars at 10pm if you are underage/

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of opportunities to meet people. Greek life is active at Iowa so if you are involved in that you meet many new people but its not the only way to find new friends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food options are okay. There are two main dining halls. There are also places where you can use your flex dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The housing goes really quick so you have to start looking for apartments or houses for the next year before everyone else gets them.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The locals are nice. There is a lot of shopping and restaurant options. Also, Coralville is only a short drive away.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are average. Mayflower is a great dorm because you get a kitchen and bathroom but it is the furthest away from campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The bars in Iowa City are a great place to go out and have fun/

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students are involved in the athletic scene at Iowa considering it is a big ten school. Football and basketball have a wide range of fan support. Many of the friends I made at Iowa participate in sports on campus.


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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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