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4 College Freshman

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

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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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the teachers care about their job and want students to succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Studio art program at the University of Iowa is excellent. There are a lot of incredibly talented people within the school and the surrounding communities. The facilities and resources for student artists are excellent, but its disappointing that the studio arts building isn't in a central location, near campus; its almost 20 minutes away from downtown and it can be a real hassle to get to and from the building without the Cambus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of my professors and teaching assistants genuinely care about the curriculum that they are teaching their students. Registration for classes can be very frustrating and wait-lists are common for classes but make an effort to make yourself present to the instructor and they can sometimes add you to the class. The library on the fifth floor is a nice quiet place to study and typically isn't busy through the semester, but if you have a favorite study spot you can expect that it will be taken the week before and the week of finals. The classes have valuable information and typically the workload is appropriate if you are willing to put in the work to be a good student; the university even offers free on-campus tutoring services for most classes.

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The University of Iowa is first a university of academics, and the school makes it known from the moment students arrive on campus. At UI, you can find many of the top schools in the nation. As for the actual environment, budget constraints are forcing the University to cut back on the number of classes offered, and most of the general-education and entry-level classes tend to be large. Students will spend more time interacting with their TAs in these classes than with the professors. It isn’t until students take the more advanced classes that there is more interaction between students and professors. Some students will say their professors and TAs are not accessible for extra help, but many teachers will argue that students do not take advantage of their office hours. In the end, the more time you put into your education, the more you are going to get out.

Probably the biggest issue facing Iowa academics is the general-education requirements. Some entry-level courses, such as natural science ones, are almost always over-packed, some by as many as 100 students. Students who are taking courses simply to fulfill gen-ed requirements compete for places with students who are taking the courses for their majors and are genuinely interested in the subjects. Aside from the gen-ed requirements, students have few complaints about classes and professors at Iowa. The system may have a few flaws, but the professors and the courses offered are above average, to say the least.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 39%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Carver College of Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Tippie College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Iowa City Public Library
  • Iowa Memorial Union
  • Java House
  • Libraries
  • Residence hall lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't study in your dorm room-you'll never get anything done. Go to the library, lounge, or coffee house instead.
  • Don't take early classes if you know you're not a morning person. No one is going to force you to wake up and go, so chances are you won't.
  • Keep up with the readings for class.
  • Take advantage of your TA's office hours. If your grades are on the border between an A and B, your TA will give you the benefit of the doubt if you see them every week.
  • Take classes that interest you, not just the easy ones-they end up being harder because you don't like the subject.
  • Take time to relax! Too much worrying over grades will not make you a happy person.
  • Use the Writing Center to your advantage.
Did You Know?
  • The University of Iowa offers more than 100 different options for programs of study, and there are 11 colleges within the University.
  • If you are looking for a good place to study, the second floor of the main library is the best bet. On the second floor, along with the University's largest computer lab, are two large wings for students to study in. Each wing contains tables and cubbies for students to cram before tests. These are the quietest rooms on campus.
  • The University has experienced budget cuts for most of the decade, and more are likely on their way. Many top administrators have said that there are no more extra areas to cut, and soon, academic funding may decline. Some of the effects of the budget cuts can already be seen around campus. The cuts have lowered the number of professors, the number of courses offered, and the availability of courses offered.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 23% Ashton Kutcher (did not graduate) - actor
  • 18% Nile Kinnick
  • 11% James Van Allen - world-famous physicist
  • 9% E.F. Linquist - co-founder of the ACT test
  • 8% Gene Wilder - actor
  • 6% Tennessee Williams - world famous author
  • 6% Dallas Clark
  • 5% Diablo Cody - screenwriter, best known for "Juno"
  • 4% Mildred Wirt Benson - Nancy Drew author (aka Carolyn Keene)
  • 3% Shonne Greene
  • 3% Ponsetti
  • 2% George Gallup - founder of the Gallup Poll
  • 1% John PappaJohn

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 74 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 75 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 37 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 36 responses

  • 22% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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