University of Iowa Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (7)
Iowa was a good school, but it was easy to get caught up in the partying scene. There wasn't much in the area other than 100 bars in a one-mile radius. I wish I would have done my research and attended a college that better suited my interests, but at the point of application I was an undecided major and Iowa looked fun.
I got a great education, but more importantly I had a great student experience that has stayed with me and shaped who I am today.
Best time of my life. I had a lot of great experiences volunteering with political campaigns during the caucuses and researching with a professor.
College was the best experience of my life. I had the chance to meet people I never would have met experience things I never would have experienced in general I was able to get a much broader picture of the world around me
I believe that college is the most important four years of your life. Making the decision to attend the University of Iowa was one of the best decisions I ever made. It is important to feel comfortable at your school, and also to find your passion while you are there. Your major in college doesn't have to be just something to find a career, but something that makes going to class every day worth wild.
The journalism program at the University of Iowa is one of the best in the country. The department sets aside money every year to bring in guest speakers who share their experiences with students and who serve as points of contact to build a network within the field. This, along with other networking events, helps students find internship and job opportunities in their desired fields. Many of the faculty members have been published in well-known media outlets, and they add their own real-world experiences to course content in order to give students a real-world look into the journalism industry. Students learn not only from their textbooks, but also from studying journalistic history, media law, and current and classic examples of journalistic writing (in all genres), as well as gaining their own hands-on reporting and writing experience through various assignments and projects. Students also study ways to use equipment and technology to create and share their own journalistic work, and equipment is loaned to the students through the university -- so no student needs to pay hundreds of extra dollars in order to gain these increasingly important skills. The University of Iowa is staying ahead of the curve by making sure their journalism graduates can plan, create, and produce entire media packages themselves and use social media efficiently and effectively to reach their audiences. The university also has a full-time staff member dedicated solely to helping students in the journalism major find jobs and internships during and after their time there, so a student need have no worries about finding a job post-graduation. I give the University of Iowa 5 stars for their stellar journalism program!
I was thrilled to be accepted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2006, and I was sad to leave in 2009. Since graduation, the program has twice given me fellowship funding: the Schaeffer Fellowship to teach a creative writing course in New Zealand, and recently the Guthrie Fellowship to finish a novel. Besides being employed since 2009 in jobs related to writing and teaching (other than brief stints as a security dispatcher and Macy's customer service person) I was able to sign with one of the many literary agents the program brings to the University of Iowa campus, which is helpful to any writer's career. If you want a reliably lucrative degree, get an MBA, not an MFA in creative writing. But if your writing bug is compelling you to get an MFA, this is the program to attend.