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Location
Iowa City, IA
Undergrads
19,639
Tuition (in-state)
$26,279 ($8,057)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I thought that job opportunities would be higher. It helps a lot to know someone. Nonetheless, like anything in life, if you work hard, you can find a job.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am not in my major yet, so I am not sure yet!

5 College Junior

Academics: So much diversity in everything you learn from chemistry to sex in pop culture. Professor's genuinely want you to seek them for help, TA's and discussion sections are there to help and iowa has an awesome tutor center for all classes. A program called ClusterFlunk was started at the university to be a social media site where kids can find others in their classes like a facebook page and post notes, study guides, and questions. It's so helpful.

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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 Freshman

Academics: The workload can be tough depending on your program, but there are numerous ways of getting help and great resources for students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 74th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 91st
    Best Course Variety
  • 232nd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 363rd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly McPhee
Hometown
Naperville, IL
Major
Journalism
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The University of Iowa is first a university of academics, and the school makes it known from the moment students arrive on campus. At UI, you can find many of the top schools in the nation. As for the actual environment, budget constraints are forcing the University to cut back on the number of classes offered, and most of the general-education and entry-level classes tend to be large. Students will spend more time interacting with their TAs in these classes than with the professors. It isn’t until students take the more advanced classes that there is more interaction between students and professors. Some students will say their professors and TAs are not accessible for extra help, but many teachers will argue that students do not take advantage of their office hours. In the end, the more time you put into your education, the more you are going to get out.

Probably the biggest issue facing Iowa academics is the general-education requirements. Some entry-level courses, such as natural science ones, are almost always over-packed, some by as many as 100 students. Students who are taking courses simply to fulfill gen-ed requirements compete for places with students who are taking the courses for their majors and are genuinely interested in the subjects. Aside from the gen-ed requirements, students have few complaints about classes and professors at Iowa. The system may have a few flaws, but the professors and the courses offered are above average, to say the least.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,332
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
331
Total FT Faculty
2,424
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,103
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
80%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
215
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 39%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Tippie College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Iowa City Public Library
  • Iowa Memorial Union
  • Java House
  • Libraries
  • Residence hall lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't study in your dorm room-you'll never get anything done. Go to the library, lounge, or coffee house instead.
  • Don't take early classes if you know you're not a morning person. No one is going to force you to wake up and go, so chances are you won't.
  • Keep up with the readings for class.
  • Take advantage of your TA's office hours. If your grades are on the border between an A and B, your TA will give you the benefit of the doubt if you see them every week.
  • Take classes that interest you, not just the easy ones-they end up being harder because you don't like the subject.
  • Take time to relax! Too much worrying over grades will not make you a happy person.
  • Use the Writing Center to your advantage.
Did You Know?
  • The University of Iowa offers more than 100 different options for programs of study, and there are 11 colleges within the University.
  • If you are looking for a good place to study, the second floor of the main library is the best bet. On the second floor, along with the University's largest computer lab, are two large wings for students to study in. Each wing contains tables and cubbies for students to cram before tests. These are the quietest rooms on campus.
  • The University has experienced budget cuts for most of the decade, and more are likely on their way. Many top administrators have said that there are no more extra areas to cut, and soon, academic funding may decline. Some of the effects of the budget cuts can already be seen around campus. The cuts have lowered the number of professors, the number of courses offered, and the availability of courses offered.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Ashton Kutcher (did not graduate) - actor
  • 16% Nile Kinnick
  • 11% James Van Allen - world-famous physicist
  • 8% E.F. Linquist - co-founder of the ACT test
  • 8% Gene Wilder - actor
  • 8% Ponsetti
  • 6% Dallas Clark
  • 5% Diablo Cody - screenwriter, best known for "Juno"
  • 5% Shonne Greene
  • 3% Mildred Wirt Benson - Nancy Drew author (aka Carolyn Keene)
  • 3% Tennessee Williams - world famous author
  • 2% George Gallup - founder of the Gallup Poll

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 68 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 69 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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