School: University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA
In state tuition - 3,882.5
Out of state tuition - 12,549.5
There are many merit based/need-based scholarships. The University of Iowa offers more than 1,500 scholarships each year to outstanding students based on financial need, academic merit, or both.
Majors: Iowa offers over 100 areas of studies.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tippie College of Business
College of Dentistry
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Law
Carver College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health
“I chose Iowa because it was a school that was known for quality writing programs (my desired major). My parents also went here, so I'd been coming to Iowa City my whole life. It really felt like a second home to me.”
“I chose Iowa because it was not too far away from home, but not too close, either. It's also a Big Ten school, with a small school feel, which is great because you get that BIg Ten atmosphere, but you don't feel like you don't matter. And of course, once you go to one football game in Kinnick Stadium, you are HOOKED! Also for me, I liked that Greek life wasn't crucial to one's social life here. I wasn't big on being in a sorority, and I knew coming to Iowa I could be a ‘GDI’ and still love my college experience!”
“I chose Iowa because I was familiar with the campus and I wanted to go to an out of state school.”
“I would definitely choose Iowa again. Living in Iowa City has been the best experience of my life thus far. The people and places that make up the city and university really are one of a kind. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling place to get my undergrad.”
“When it is minus ten degrees outside, sometimes I wish I had gone South for school, but truth is I think Iowa is a great fit for me. Some days I questioned the drinking culture, because I don't drink that often, but I have found friends who accept that I don't drink as much, and they don't peer pressure me.”
“If I could repeat my choice I would attend Iowa again. I can’t see anything wrong with the school that I’m attending.”
"The best thing about Iowa is definitely the people. Everyone you'll meet is nice and friendly. People affiliated with the university are intriguing and brilliant. You run into more diversity here than you'd expect to.”
“Best things include tailgating and the football games, the set up of campus, the downtown area, and we've got some pretty good restaurants and food on campus.”
“The best thing about Iowa is the atmosphere; the worst thing about Iowa is it’s far away from home. There is a great curriculum here the coursework is very challenging and there a lot of different organizations to get involved with. I don’t live on campus anymore, so I don’t eat at the dining hall, but there available anytime I’m on campus for classes. The downtown venue is a great place to go out and have a few drinks with friends. You can play basketball at the legendary Field House or the new CRWC facility."
"The winters can be brutal, the Cambus rarely runs on time, and parking can be a nightmare."
"The winters are really cold, and they are slow to plow the snow in the streets. The heating/air conditioning the in buildings are bi-polar and rarely are where they need to be. The parking in the city is expensive, so bringing a car is kind of a nightmare if you are strapped for cash."
“Professors I've worked with are all top tier and interesting to listen to. Class sizes are a little big, but not excessive.”
“I have had a pretty good experience with academics so far. Some TAs are better than others, so your experience all depends on the class and the TA. As far as the Journalism school goes, I havent found the classes to be all that helpful, but I have a lot more learning to go!”
"Clubs/sports/other student orgs - Not a lot of experience with these. They put on good events around campus, but that's really all I can say.”
“Student life/social scene/nightlife: Nightlife here has changed since the bars went from a 19 entry age to a 21 entry age. It's a college town, so there obviously still is a lot of drinking, but downtown Iowa City is a lot more dead Thursday-Saturday then it used to be. Tailgating and football season is one of the best times of the year (and the ONLY time of the year I wake up before 7 am...) so be sure to experience that. Greek life isn't a huge deal here, but a lot of girls do decide to be in a sorority, which they are all pretty nice and friendly (even to us GDIs!)”
"Yuck. Located in good places, but their food selection is not very healthy (or at least it wasn't when I was a freshman). Local places to eat, yum! Iowa City has a wide variety of restaurants that are all really great. For example, I'm a huge fan of sushi and there are at least three places on/close to campus that I can grab exceptional rolls at.”
“Dining halls are located in Burge and Hillcrest. The food really wasn't all that bad, but they serve the same things all year, so it gets old REALLY fast. If you live in the dorms on the East side of campus, Burge Late Night offers really tasty treats...I recommend the sweet cream pretzel poppers! As for local places to eat, Iowa City has plenty of that! Grab wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, a burrito from Pancheros, coffee from Starbucks, Capanna, Java House or T.Spoons, or sandwiches from Subway, Jimmy Johns, or Which Wich. Mesa Pizza is one of my favorites, where they serve different kinds of pizza slices, my favorite being the mac-and-cheese pizza. Don't forget about dessert at Cold Stone or Whitey's. For more of a restaurant, Mickey's Irish Pub has great food, and Bo James has amazing burgers. But for the best burger's in town, you have got to try Short's Burgers...to die for!”
"Student life/social scene/nightlife - Amazing. Iowa City is filled with great people, so no matter what your weekends will be fulfilling, even if you can't get into bars. Tailgating during football season is also a uniquely Iowa experience that everyone should have.”
“Clubs/sports/other student organizations: There is always a club or organization to get involved in here, so definetly pick one! When I say there is something for everyone, I mean it! It's a great way to meet people when you get to campus, and you'll love being able to put it on your resume.”
“Dorms - Great, besides the food. The rooms themselves are big and the RAs are awesome. Local housing - Can be frustrating, but it's getting better. There is one local monopoly on campus that isn't a very good management firm, but if you're willing to look, a lot of the smaller apartment owners are really great and fair.”
“The dorms at Iowa are pretty nice, and I thought they were quite spacious. Choose Mayflower for suite-style living (but farther from campus), Burge, Currier, Daum, and Stanley for East side dorms, or Hillcrest, Reinow, Slater, and Quad for West Side dorms by Kinnick and the Fieldhouse.”
Special thanks to Brynne Schweigel , Samantha Saltess, and Samuel Odeyemi for their contributions.