What part of NY? I'm from NY state originally! Interesting about the Castle branch part. I'll look into the Drake West Village part, thanks! I'll let you know all about my visit if all goes to plan and I get to go next month or Feb. Because of my work schedule and being on the West Coast, so 2 hrs behind Iowa, I am not able to attend any of their "Virtual Visits" - I was hoping to be able to do that. I definitely am planning to live 'off campus' - their on campus housing is actually 'regular' apartments in that non-students/anyone can rent from them, apparently. From what i see online they're quite a bit more expensive, and being there are so many good options (at least according to the internet) in downtown Des Moines and also just outside of dt (the financial aid counselor I spoke with said 10-15 min drive outside of downtown/away from the school and can get nice apartment with rents in the $500's!, crazy).
Cool for the FB group.. I'm actually perhaps one of the very few people who still do not have any type of social media accounts or a smartphone! Yes, I'm living in 1999
I actually have spoken with one student who is current, just started (in her 2nd-8 week term). She said she likes it so far, but of course has little experience as of yet. I emailed her again last week - I'll let you know if I hear back. I think she'd be done with or wrapping up the 2nd 8 weeks by now.