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U of Iowa vs Iowa State: Help choosing the right school

Hey! I've been accepted to both University of Iowa and Iowa State University. I'm not quite sure which one to pick, so I'd love to hear from current or former students. What makes these schools unique, from academics to campus life? Your input would make a big difference in my decision-making!

6 months ago

Hi! Congratulations on your acceptances to both University of Iowa (UI) and Iowa State University (ISU)! I'm happy to provide some insights on what makes each school unique.

University of Iowa (UI):

- UI is particularly known for its strong programs in the health sciences, creative writing, and communication studies.

- The Iowa Writers' Workshop is a world-renowned graduate program and has produced numerous Pulitzer Prize winners.

- UI has a beautiful campus located in the vibrant and eclectic city of Iowa City, which has a rich college town feel with its lively downtown area full of shops, restaurants, and cultural events.

- The University boasts a strong Greek life scene and offers many opportunities for student engagement and campus activities.

- It's a Division 1 school in the Big 10 conference, so you'll be able to enjoy a variety of high-level athletic events.

Iowa State University (ISU):

- ISU is known for its excellent programs in engineering, agriculture, and design.

- The campus is located in Ames, a safe and welcoming college town with a strong sense of community, which still offers a variety of restaurants to try and events to attend.

- ISU also has a beautiful, sprawling campus with a picturesque central lawn (known as central campus) that is perfect for outdoor activities and relaxation.

- Its also a Division 1 school, in the Big 12 conference, and its basketball and football teams in particular attract a lot of attention and create a lively atmosphere on game days.

- There are various clubs and student organizations to be a part of, as well as a diverse Greek life system.

Ultimately, the right choice comes down to what you're looking for in a college experience. If you're interested in health sciences, creative writing, or a vibrant college town atmosphere, UI might be the better choice. On the other hand, if you're passionate about engineering, agriculture, or design, and prefer a more laid-back college town experience, ISU could suit you better. Consider visiting both campuses and talking to current students to get a feel for each environment.

Best of luck with your decision!

6 months ago

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