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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many available houses and apartments that cost more than they are worth. Most of the landlords and renting companies will find ways to charge you with additional fees and will make sure to keep your security deposit.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many chain restaurants and some local places to choose from. Many places such as pancheros will be open until 3am on weekends

3 College Freshman

Administration: The university is supposedly a "dry campus" however finding a sober person at a football game is similar to finding a needle in a haystack

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: FAFSA takes time to apply for the first time, but isn't as bad the second time and so forth

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: This university has the best parties in the mid-west throughout the year. Best parties are when warm weather comes around.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food halls offer a variety of foods, but the variety of food is pretty consistent. More variety on the week days and on days that guest tours are being held. Much less variety on weekends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice and the social atmosphere is fairly good with many opportunities to be active on campus presented to students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't like the idea of being in a sorority, but that's just my opinion. I'm sure its great for the people that want to do it, and since it doesn't interest me, I can't really judge it.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the athletics here, not being an athlete myself. I love the atmosphere of football and basketball games and try to attend as many events as I can.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My roommate and I just leased an apartment for next year. The process was pretty simple, we only looked at a few apartments and found a really reasonably priced one pretty close to campus. The landlord seemed nice and reliable as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like going off campus to find food instead of eating at the dorms for every meal. Its not as convenient as the dining hall, but more variety.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had my dad deal with financial aid. I got it, so I guess it went okay.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really party. I've been to a total of one since I've been here as a Freshman. Just not my thing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like the variety that the dining halls provide, but I mostly eat the same things over and over because I'm scared to try and dislike new things. I like going to restaurants downtown when I can, just for something different.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like how I don't have to go outside to get a meal with the marketplace right downstairs. It was pretty easy to sign up for housing and Burge is in a good location for my classes.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't as well known as it is in the south but there are a lot of people involved in greek life here at Iowa. Non-greeks sometimes think greeks are snobby and clichey but not all non-greeks think this way. I feel like there will always be stereotypes towards greeks no matter what century we are in.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: This college is very involved with our sports team and there are always crazy fans rooting the hawks on. In my opinion, I go to the most school spirited school!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am living in my sorority house next year and I do not know much about the off campus housing and parking. Especially since it is cheaper to live in my sorority house than a University of Iowa dorm and I do not have a car with me in college.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining allows for lots of variety and is extremely convenient to get to in relation to the campus. I wish the prices weren't as expensive and the that there were more discounts for students.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I have never had a problem with administration and the school policies are easy to follow.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is always a hassle to deal with but it was okay. Just lots of steps to get through.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. The professors and TAs are usually willing to help, social life is great, classes are excellent and I love living here. My only complaint is that the advisors suck so it's like you're on your own.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Our school is really good at making sure students are prepared to graduate and be successful in their careers

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many parties in Iowa City. The best parties are the ones at apartments. Frat parties are alright but it is always crowded. I feel like the party scene has a positive impact on the students' experience because it is a great way to make friends and socialize without having to feel awkward. Especially since not everyone drinks, you don't have to feel like the odd one out when you aren't drinking.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is very cafeteria like and doesn't offer a whole lot of variety.

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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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