Iowa State University Graduate Program Reviews

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

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  • 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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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

This program offers the perfect balance of technical and management education. The staff is extremely supportive and the quality of the engineering program is the one of the best in the midwest.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

Iowa State University has a strong outreach and extension program, which allows students many teaching, engagement, and professional development opportunities. The Department of Sociology prepares students for future careers in academics, government, private sector, and non-profit environments. Ames is a great community and wonderful place to live.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2013

It was a great environment for learning. I felt I received a lot of support from faculty, especially my advisor, in my time here. I was challenged academically. I also had numerous opportunities to share my research.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015

Not the most cosmopolitan place in the world to study, but the typical grad student wouldn't have the time even if it were! There's plenty outside of class to keep you occupied, though, and living in Ames is reasonably affordable. The ISU Econ program itself is well-established, with excellent faculty and staff. Classwork is hard--but one would expect no less--and experienced and knowledgeable professors are quick to encourage critical thinking and push students to consider potential research topics as soon as possible. Access to classes in other departments is also high-quality. Econ students sometimes take MS- or PhD-level elective courses from the Statistics and Mathematics departments. In all, a good program in a pleasant small town with an enjoyable football culture.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

I feel that the Electrical Engineering Department at Iowa State has a lot of potential. The coursework and labs are an appropriate mix for students to learn. The school will become a good attraction point for several companies in the near future due to the quality of the students produced.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is challenging and currently VetMed as a career choice has issues to work out in the cost of education vs job salary outlook. But if you are set into getting into veterinary medicine, I would highly suggest attending Iowa State!
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros include diversity of faculty areas of interest, collaborative work of students, and social club. Cons include long time to graduate due to some lack of direction.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

This is a PhD program, not a terminal Masters program. The three programs within the psychology department are Counseling, Social, and Cognitive. Pros: Many opportunities to work across programs. 9-month graduate assistantships that are primarily guaranteed every year for every graduate student. Many opportunities to focus on areas that are specific to you eg. research, grant writing, clinical hours, etc. Faculty tend to be supportive of your research interests and try to cater to them. The Counseling program emphasizes cooperation rather than competition (which is a pro for me, though I can see how it would be a con for others) Cons: Some difficulty with specific advisers regarding timeliness, expectations, and attitudes toward students' research. Summer funding is a continual problem, though the program is working on helping alleviate that.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2014

A con is that there was some restructuring of the school and that has caused some confusion. On the pro side is that there has been a lot of support and conversation about the restructuring and things are moving rapidly towards the positive. I see the program becoming stronger because of this.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

PROS: 1. Excellent opportunities to explore not only your own topics but to see the work done outside your field. 2. Strong encouragement to engage with the local community. No town vs. gown! 3. Friendly environment where strangers will lend a hand without being asked. CONS 1. If you don't own a car you are limited in getting around outside of biking distance. 2. Closest major city is Des Moines which is 50 miles away. 3. When you travel people outside the Midwest can't tell Ohio, Idaho, and Iowa apart!
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