Iowa State University Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
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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3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

The reputation of Iowa State University cannot be matched by many in the Midwest, as well as the rest of the United States. The state of Iowa is famous for innovative ideas in education and the University works tirelessly to continue that prowess in the field. The program of study I am involved in works to be flexible for working students, as well. I could not be more proud to call myself a future Iowa State University Alum.
1.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

I feel like there was nothing I learned while in graduate school that I couldn't have learned from a public library for free. I think the quality of the education is directly related to whether the professor likes you or not, and as for quality, it was horrible. It may have been just in my departments, but a class where you can stop showing up 2 weeks in and still get an A is a joke.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2915

Iowa State University is awesome and I love it. The only issues I see with the school as a whole is the retention rate of incoming undergraduate students. We are admitting so many students who end up leaving from lack of support, the campus life, grades, or what not. That needs to change.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2014

Iowa State is a school that values the sciences, and while most of the money goes into our well-known engineering and math departments, the professors in the English department represent some of the best I have worked with. They value the students, and they work with me in all my writing assignments to make papers that are worthy of publication. Of course, Iowa State is a beautiful campus, but it is really the people who I have the privilege to study under and work with, who make the campus as beautiful as it is.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

My program is in the Agriculture Education department at Iowa State University. There are a variety of advantages to being a graduate student in this department at Iowa State. I feel very fortunate to be able to learn at work at this great institute. I think the biggest advantage to Iowa State's program are the people. Both faculty and staff are willing to assist you at any time, and fellow graduate students work together to find solutions to issues they are having in classes and research alike. There are many different backgrounds among the people, which provide a diversity that allowing for different perspectives. My program is also offered online, and the courses and professors are just as helpful as if you were in an actual classroom. Assistanceships for both research and teaching are offered through Iowa State University, and both offer great advantages to students. I have a teaching assistanceship that I enjoy greatly. I work with undergraduate students on a daily basis and practice both my teaching and general communication skills. Like all graduate programs it is expensive, and assistanceships don't always cover extraneous costs associated with some courses. Some courses are only offered once a year, so scheduling can sometimes be stressful. The department in which I work is also fairly small which means that funding is not as high as some other departments. Like any school there are advantages and some minor issues. However, if I had to do it all over again I would definitely still apply to this department. Learning and working here has been a dream come true, and I am looking forward to the next chapter.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2016

They could make better use of their technology! Workload is at some times unbearable. I would like to see more hands-on experience in the class room. Activities outside of the classroom and school are great! Professors seem to be very helpful!
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

The graduate program in Science Education (MS) is great for students who are interested in becoming researchers within science education. The program is rigorous and will prepare the student to be well rounded in pedagogy, research techniques, data collection, writing, and the nature of science.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Great program, just lacking funding for graduate students
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The education program at this college (especially for preservice teachers) is subpar. There is a lot of breadth, but no depth to the courses. In addition, the faculty/staff are some of the most unsupportive people I've ever met in my life...they act like your questions are an intrusion on their research time. There are other programs at ISU that are fantastic, but if you're looking for a great ed program, look elsewhere.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

I love Iowa State and the Higher Education program.
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