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Reviews 2631 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not applied to live off of campus, so I do not know much about it besides what I hear from other people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a fast-food ban in the downtown area, which means that there are very few low-cost options. If you want anything under $5.00, your best bet is to go grocery shopping.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration has been very helpful whenever I came to them with any issue, besides financial aid. I do not have a lot of experience dealing with the administration, but I have heard many students say that they are very accommodating for anyone's needs.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everyone goes out early on campus, which I like because then I get home early and can wake up early. There are not a lot of huge house parties, but there are a couple of frat parties every night that can be fun if you know people.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was grateful to receive the aid I did, but I am paying for my college on my own so even half is a lot. I looked into establishing residency to get a lower tuition, but it was nearly impossible, seeing as I could not be a full-time student.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls menus always have a great variety, whatever you have a taste for, they can fulfill. My only problem are that a lot of things are overcooked sometimes, but it is better to have overcooked than undercooked food. The meal plan is appropriately priced for the amount of meals, but there are way more meals than I could ever plan on eating, so it would be nice to have a cheaper option.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are all very close to my classes and the dining halls. The dining hall food is good and there are plenty of option available. The rooms are very spacious and the roommate selection process works well. However, the cost to live in the dorms is very expensive, especially compared to apartments nearby.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live in Iowa City I commute to my classes.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of variety within driving distance.

4 College Student

Administration: Its like any college town. The administration is reasonable.

5 College Student

Party Scene: Iowa City is known for its college party life. No other explaination needed.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I am in the process of applying for financial aid through the school and so far it's fine.

College Student

Campus Food: I am a graduate student that commutes to school. I don't know what the food is like.

College Student

Campus Housing: I haven't used the housing in Iowa City because I commute to school. The area surrounding the campus is good though.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have much experience dealing with administration.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls offer a wide variety of options (most are good) and there are plenty of restaurants in downtown Iowa City.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my residence hall and the people on my floor!

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The main dining halls do offer a pretty big selection and healthy options, but it's the same selection every week. Dining halls are convenient and clean. The benefit of having a meal plan is that there are lots of places on campus to use a meal swipe. That way, if you get sick of the food at Burge or Hillcrest, you can go to Pappajohn or the IMU to eat your meals.

If meal plans aren't for you, that's ok. There are tons of great restaurants downtown Iowa City. Grocery shopping can present a challenge for students without a car, as there are limited options within walking distance.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: My program has the same application for any college of Liberal Arts and Sciences major, but it's more difficult to keep going with it. You have to keep good grades, build your resume with extracurriculars, obtain leadership positions, and get a job. Pre-med anything isn't for anyone who's not willing to dedicate practically their whole four years to medical school application prep.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I really like being pre-med at my school. There are many opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I don't have an internship yet, i'm focussing on classwork and other jobs right now.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of attractive people on campus and most date pretty often.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful and perfect to just wander around on nice days. There's so much to do and the facilities are great.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: This school is very supportive of premeds and you have so much support and academic help

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is challenging, but it should be. Easy classes and skating by will get you nowhere but if you work hard you'll succeed. The staff wants you to succeed, so you just have to try.

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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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