Iowa State University Graduate Program Reviews

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78%
of students recommend
(4.11 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 9 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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
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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.
2.08 out of 5.0
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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.
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.
4.42 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.
3.0 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.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The School of Education is a wonderful place. The Higher Education program is rigorous and has plenty of opportunity for research.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Iowa State has connections with many corporate sponsors which allows them to have state of the art research facilities. There is a lot of cooperation between departments which allows students whose research interests fall between areas to have mixed committees or to co-major.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

Great programs, great faculty, very safe campus. The town is not very big but the community supports and welcome students from all backgrounds.
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