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Reviews 2411 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It was really energetic, engaging, and exciting.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Iowa has a very fun atmosphere.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's been great! Since the start I've felt very welcomed and a part of the family!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the off campus restaurants but they can be pricey! I love Nodos, Heirloom, Zmariks, Shorts, and Teaspoons!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They enforce the policies that are important, but not the ones that are truly not that important.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are rarely ever truly healthy options and the meat products always seem old/tough/dry/gross. Vegetables are old/gross/tired/canned.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They do not have many scholarships based on merit. Many are for in state students which is a hassle if you live anywhere but Iowa. Mostly financial based scholarships, but I didn't qualify for any of them so I don't have much advice on that aspect.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Daum residence hall, which is an honors building so it was relatively quiet which I enjoyed. They cleaned the bathrooms every day and the hallways were very clean. The rooms were WAY too small. Pretty expensive, but cheaper than an apartment. Very central to campus, which I loved because it was close proximity to all academic buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: some pros of living off-campus include cheaper prices, more freedom, and more variety. some cons include having to pay monthly, 12 month lease periods, and some can be far from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: off- campus dining offers more variety and are mostly within walking distance from campus. prices are reasonable and many places around campus offer student discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: some polices were enforced well while other just flew under the radar. they also varied from place to place or even floor to floor in the dorms. for example noise levels on the floors were not always the same and enforced in different ways.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: there are a lot of options but sometimes you get tired of eating the same thing over and over . it was nice being able to use flex dollars in the dorm markets incase you needed a late night snack or grab something on your way out.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: applying for financial aid was easy to do. some tips that i would tell other people about include apply early and often.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: campus is spread out so only a few of the dorms are located close to classes. most have good amenities and everyone is very friendly. overall housing was easy and was a great way to meet new people.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had an apartment yet but everyone says its pretty easy to get one.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I feel like if your not in greek life, its harder to find house parties or frat parties. But the bars are just as much fun.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is like a five minute walk from your dorm.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply as soon as possible.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is better than your average university.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords are out to screw you over

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wish there were more for non resident students

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Food: A lot of convenience places, not so much healthy

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats are kinda a big deal. You don't have to join one though.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Partying can happen all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I think they do a standard job of administrating.

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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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