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4 College Senior

Academics: Nice variety of sporting events to attend

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is swift, fast, and easy. The workload is consistent to where you can make schedule every week to get your work done. The library has great places to study and there are also resources that help you study for whatever you would need it for.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The English department draws a lot of students in because of the creative writing track, but it's a very selective program. However, they are considering making creative writing its own major, causing some controversy that now any old schmuck can get a degree to write creatively instead of going through a selection process. But, despite this, the English department still maintains a large portion of the students in the liberal arts college.

3 College Senior

Academics: classes are fine and so are professors

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have excellent and challenging academics. I always feel like they are teaching useful things and preparing us well.

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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
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,332
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
331
Total FT Faculty
2,424
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,103
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
80%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
70%
Programs/Majors Offered
226
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 173 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 often do you:    Based on 131 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 130 responses

  • 27% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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