University of Iowa Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(4.15 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 121 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 13 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 30,844 (23,357 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 37% part-time, 63% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,693 in-state; $26,871 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Iowa city is a great place to live and work. The faculty are brilliant and supportive. Workload can be heavy but is mostly manageable. The student fees are heavy on a grad school budget but the cost of living in Iowa city is low.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Affordable living and peaceful environments help focus on research. Accessible faculty and staff as well as friendly residents are everywhere. Definitely worth it.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019

Overall, this program is serving its purpose although I am not particularly happy with the location or social life.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

The Graduate program at the U of I is making great efforts to improve their career resources and have begun offering more seminars about careers outside of academia. This is fantastic to see, I hope it continues. Right now one major con for the University is the contract issues concerning graduate students. The most recent contract proposal threatens tuition reimbursement, and offers no wage increase. Also the polices surrounding leave for graduate student parents is very unclear and there is not a support system in place for students reaching this point in their lives.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Iowa itself is pretty boring, even if the town of Iowa City has plenty to do. Chicago, the twin cities, Omaha, Des Moines, and St Louis are reasonably close-by. The faculty in my program are really what makes it shine; excellent support from the professors, lots of collaboration opportunities, and the faculty are very invested in your success. There's a good energy overall in my program. All the grad students get along great.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2019

Uinversity of Iowa is a good university to take the PhD course and I am happy to be here. However, for internationaly student, be aware of English Speaking Proficiency Assessment!
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Great value, especially if you are hoping to gain access to Chicago, Twin Cities, or St. Louis legal markets.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2018

An average grad school with some high quality faculties and other resources in a very peaceful and quiet city.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2017

Pro: Funding and collegiality among graduate students and faculty Con: Lack of hands on training and communication about progress through program.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

One positive aspect of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Iowa is that the introductory courses cover basic principles necessary to provide a fundamental level of understanding essential for laying the foundation for each students future. One aspect that could be improved is to have more specialized electives offered within the department that pertain to biophysical or cellular based questions. Another positive is that the department is also highly collaborative. Having the ability to walk to another lab and ask and receive help is an invaluable, and not present at other graduate programs. Another great aspect of the biochemistry department is it's highly competent and up to date crystallography and NMR facilities. The staff are always excited to help advance your understanding of your system and offer expert advice! The other great advantage to living in Iowa City is the extremely affordable cost of living.
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