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Reviews 2605 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's plent of options for off-campus housing, but you do pay for how convenient your home will be.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of late-night, vegan and vegetarian, and ethnic options available. They all taste great and are a decent price.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The University is very serious about having dry dorms. Trying to party in your room will ensure you a couple hundred dollar fine.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received everything I needed to be able to attend school and all in a painless and simple manner. The process of applying it to the U-bill was also a piece of cake.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Very fun and easy to find somewhere to go. There's also not much pressure forcing anyone into the scene.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Burge food always seems like a good idea, but then you poop our pants fifteen minutes after you've eaten. Also, there are very minimal vegetarian and vegan options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are often small and the food is terrible, but the staff and community are great.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are huge differences in aspects of IC restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Iowa can be really lenient on some things and strict on others.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for aide.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining halls are just alright.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a great time in the dorms and would recommend Iowa's residence halls.

College Student

Party Scene: I dont really go to parties.

4 College Student

Campus Food: There are so many options. Its not hard to find something different. When I went on my campus visit there were so many options so I wasnt stuck with the same thing.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I have had different experiences with different dorms. Each one is different. Its something you have to get used to for sure.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I aboslutely love my Greek life experience! It doesn't dictate your whole life, but it is a very great experience in finding your best friends, always having someone to help you, and having a group of people who hold you to high standards.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't currently live off-campus, but my friends who do love it!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SUCH great places to eat!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty decent standard scholarships. Not the greatest selection of ones after you come to the school.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Bars are always an option and are very fun! You honestly can choose between having a great night out and staying in without being judged every weekend! SO fun and you can find people to join you always (whether that is night in or night out)!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Meal plan is expensive, but you there is a lot of variety and you can always find something to eat, even if it isn't perfect. Iowa City has amazing places to eat, although eating out a lot can add up quickly!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great atmosphere makes up for the older housing! They put a lot of effort into making the residence halls a great community!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not into Greek life, it's never appealed to me, but my very best friend is in a sorority and she seems to love it. My view on being in Greek life is this: you either love it or hate it, there is no in-between. I've always only ever heard people say they've made their best friends for life in their frat/sorority, or that they hate it and regret joining. Some of the houses for the Greeks are amazing, and some are decent... It really depends on how much of an effort the individual frat/sorority puts into maintaining their house.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: If there's one thing that everyone at this school comes together for, it's Iowa football. While our team doesn't always bring home the win, the fans are always cheering for the Hawkeyes. We're a family here when it comes to sports. The rec is amazing, and you can see all types of different people working out or having fun there. Great school spirit and a great sense of Hawkeye pride makes the university seem like one giant family, and that's not something I would give up for the world.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off-campus, but I have seen a few of the places that are available. From what I've seen, they're clean and pretty safe, and there is usually a bus stop somewhere close by.


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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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