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Reviews 2921 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not know much about the greek life on campus, I was never very interested in being a part of it.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Iowa is known for their love of college sports. Whether that be football, basketball, baseball, we love them all!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have grown up going up to Iowa City and being on campus for games, visits, etc. The atmosphere and the people that you interact with was one of the things that draws you into this school. The beauty of the campus on it's own seems to be enough to want to go there and succeed.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is for those who choose it!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: U of I has a very bold proud school spirit. Hawkeyes are proud to be. And you can always finding bonding and friendship on the football field.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: University of Iowa is a great school because its big and small at the same time. It's unique because the downtown area of Iowa city and U of I grew together creating a beautiful pride and bonding. OnIowa is truly an amazing asset to new students of the university. OnIowa is at large a entire weekend filled with activities and events to help new students in their transition to the University. Not mention the pride that comes with being a hawkeye. U of I students are proud and mostly friendly. Its a great place tolearn and grow!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love being in college. Life at the University of Iowa is an amazing adventure in a small city life. The people are wonderful, the food is great, and the atmosphere of hope is beautiful. I wouldn't change this for anything.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The university is always sending out emails and holding career fairs to secure jobs for the student body. The alumni and people you meet are going to support you and give you connections into the field you are looking for in the future. The economy is bad but the university makes it somewhat less scary.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on campus was one of my biggest concerns. All around the campus are safety buttons that you can press if you need assistance. They send out emails when alerts pop up around campus. I have made many walks at one in the morning alone and have been safe. I think being a woman in college and a woman in generally keeps me on edge all the time. It's not the campus's fault, it's the worlds.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't like my dorm so I stayed in my friends dorm and it was fantastic. I had a great time sleeping over almost every week and making some of my best friends in the dorm. Sure, there was drama and hook-ups but in the end, we all are really great friends. Also, I found my first boyfriend in that dorm!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know a lot of people in fraternities and sororities and there are different types of people in each one. There are clearly stereotypes involved but all-in-all, people are people and most of them feel the same on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the team spirit. I never payed much attention to football before but since attending U of I, I'm very pumped up for the games.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I didn't know what to expect for my first year of college, but I ended up having the entire collegiate experience and more. I think my most memorable moment in college was when I told my sister that I am bisexual. It was the Tuesday (the day after national coming out day) after the weekends fiasco that led to my friend cheating on her boyfriend and us sleeping over at the guys place while having cracked my phone screen. That was also the night where I kissed my friend Leslie. Sunday was awkward as my friends wanted me to explain myself, but all I could do was laugh it off. Monday came around and I couldn't focus on my classes. For some reason, Tuesday broke me down. I called my mother and started sobbing. I hung up the phone and ran to the nearest bathroom in a building. My sister texted me asking what was happening, since she came home and found my mom in distress as she was worried over her child two hours away in Iowa City. I stood in the bathroom stall with my phone shaking in my hands with tears flooding my eyes. Her text, "what is it Jackie?" And my thumb hovered over my reply, "I'm bisexual." Send. And my life was never the same.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: It is way overpriced for the rooms and food, but it is a great transition from living at home to college. I definitely think freshmen should live in the dorms to get a nice transition, but move into apartment style once their first year is over to transition into adulthood.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not apart of the Greek Life so I can't say 100% for it since I haven't been involved with a lot, but from what I've seen they do amazing things. They will look great for job opportunities, they do awesome philanthropies, and it's bonds that will last a life time.

5 College Junior

Athletics: It's called Hawkeye Country for a reason. The atmosphere here in Iowa City is different than any other city I've been in.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The University of Iowa hasn't disappointed me yet. Everything they have to offer, and the help that is offered anywhere is beyond exceptional.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Feel pretty good about my safety on campus. However, there are a number of reported sexual assaults during the year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've heard plenty of horror stories from first year students in dorm rooms. Not really worth the cost

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have good facilities for student athletes to use. Good athletic program.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Iowa is a great school, but it's just not for me. The campus doesn't have a lot of green space, which is a downside. However, there are a lot of opportunities available to students if you choose to go to Iowa.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: overall, based on my classes and the campus, i have enjoyed my time at the university of iowa thus far

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: idk i haven't paid much attention to this bc i want to go to grad school so

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: sexual assault is a very common problem faced on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: i lived in mayflower freshman year, and the room was great but the distance from campus made getting to class a hassle in the mornings


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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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