Iowa State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.12 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 82 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 36,350 (30,671 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 40% part-time, 60% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,078 in-state; $23,790 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

The program prepared me well for my future career in higher education. The program is set up in a way that promotes connections between theoretical foundations and experiences in practicums and assistantships. The faculty are highly respected in the field.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2011

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (now Student Affairs) program at Iowa State is an excellent program. I was graduated fully equipped to assist students on their educational journey from 7th grade all the way through Master's Degree. I thoroughly love the work I do. Being a first-generation, low-income student who made many mistakes (financial and academic), I find joy in preparing my student for their journeys by educating them on financial aid, career planning, college fit and more. The Student Affairs program curriculum has applicable classes that prepare student for the vast field of student affairs, while making sure they can connect with students at all levels from diverse backgrounds. These courses provide you with the skills to counsel students, use psychology to understand their development, while also understanding the history of Higher Education. I graduated from this program confident to work in many student affairs fields. I am qualified to advise and converse with students on the issues that are currently going on in higher education and how those issues impact them. As a result of the impact my work has had on the students I work with, many have gone on to attend graduate school in Student Affairs. I have even considered returning to school to obtain my Ph.D.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The level of competitiveness seems fairly low, but everyone is friendly at least.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2020

Iowa State University provides adequate amount of funding for research and the professors are very supportive. The chemistry department does not, however, allow laboratory rotation for new students which makes it more difficult to choose the right research group. The amount of stipend provided for PhD student is just about enough to cover the living expenses. The workload is heavier than other programs, especially when it comes to teaching assignments. Lastly, ISU students can ride the bus for free; however, the amount of buses can barely accommodate the large amount of students on campus.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2019

The biggest pro of going to the UNL/Iowa State Veterinary school program is the small class size! I am getting a lot out of it. A con to me that is that we have to move and start the "getting comfortable" stage again when we move to Ames.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

The program chair and faculty are very supportive. Although the campus isn't very diverse, you are still made to feel welcome.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program successfully prepares students for careers in academia and private industry. It is lacking in the areas of inclusion and overall support of underrepresented groups of people.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2017

There are many pros and cons of my graduate program at Iowa State. The pros are definitely the faculty and the city of Ames, that was the reason I chose to stay and continue with a Master in Graphic Design. Learning the computer programs and a better understanding of graphic design is also a pro. A small con I can think of is the fact that it is in the midwest and opportunities for employment are limited. I hope to move to larger city once I graduate therefor I see this con as simply a small obstacle.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros- fast-track to a Master's degree, helpful resources, professors work together to provide a better schedule for the students, high expectations Cons- difficult professors, time consuming
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

I love Iowa State University and the School of Education. The people in the School of Education are wonderful and are committed to ensuring that all students get the highest quality education available. Student support staff are fabulous and caring. There are many opportunities for assistantships in the university and the School of Education. The school and town aren't the most racially diverse in the country, but there are a lot of different groups to assist and support diversity.
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