Iowa State University Graduate Program Reviews

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

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 4 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 35,714 (30,034 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 34% part-time, 66% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,172 in-state; $22,096 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

Seed Technology and Business is a strictly online program through Iowa State University. This is a great program for someone who works full time, but would like to pursue a master's degree. Only con I see, is the fact that is online only, so you loose the social aspect of being on campus. Pros are you work at your own pace, continue to be a full-time employee. It is a program geared toured to people who work in the seed industry, so it is a great way to also take what you learn and apply it to work.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2015

Because of the mandates set by the AIA, the program is rigorous and challenging. Although the program is excellent and highly rated, I believe that we need more funding and alumni support for the program as a whole.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2012

While I was a student the program offered the ability to delve into student development theory as well as social justice theory and incorporate practical applications. Numerous experiential opportunities, from research with faculty to studying abroad using a critical lens, were accessible to students. The faculty were involved and supportive with students at all levels. The surrounding area is inexpensive with a helpful bus system (the CyRide).
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Agriculture
Graduation Year: 2015

I think the classes are very pertinent to our interests in our individual field and career endeavors. I do not feel the staff/professors do an adequate job of prepping and giving information for possible job outlets and opportunities upon graduating.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Iowa State University has recently combined their higher education program and the elementary education program to create a single School of Education. The restructuring has created a larger community from two separate communities. The education is fabulous and rigorous.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014

The safe university town makes me feel good as an international student in the United States. Good academic atmosphere and very friendly space helps me concern on my works and study hard.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

Iowa State is a great campus. There are always activities going on--you just have to keep an eye out for them around the community and on campus. The atmosphere is great; they have great campus traditions, celebrations, and athletics to meet everyone's interests. The industrial engineering department, specifically, has a great group of professors for graduate study. There are great opportunities for teaching assistant positions and research positions. The department has great resources with external companies to assist in the trial and development of your research thesis and to enhance your classroom learning. It is really a valuable experience and do not regret my decision. The community is small but it is easy to travel in. There is public transportation and great options for traveling to nearby cities. Overall cost of living is very cheap, but with a high quality of something you would expect to pay at least twice as much for!
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

It's a great place to learn and innovate. Faculty and students are helpful. Only drawback would be the extremes in the weather.
2.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Ames is a wonderful small town community with an excellent bus system. The cost of living isn't bad and will seem low if you are arriving from an urban area. As with any program there are some excellent professors here and some poor ones. Overall I can't complain in most areas, but be warned if you come here you're going to have to really want it. The School of Education doesn't really have a mentoring program in anything but name and you'll have to keep on top of your own program and research what you're supposed to be doing next. There are a few financial aid options, but be prepared to work an assistantship and get loans as those are the primary means of funding available.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Nice being able to have my program connected to my undergraduate programs. Saved alot of paperwork and provided me with connections and networking opportunities out of state students or students from other undergrad institutions may not have had.
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