Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 2454 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are typically friendly. Be friendly to them, and they will return the favor. Usually we are pretty fashionable, but not everybody.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They do what they have to do on campus to make sure it is fair for everybody.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of different places to eat. Many student discounts available. Jeff's Pizza is great. BWW, Olde Maine.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy to get into most colleges for your selected major.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love what I learn and the advisors are enthusiastic about their work.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The close the housing is to campus, the more expensive it will be. Keep in mind there are more parties in these ones as well, so the quality might not be that great. Apartments further away are cheaper and there is usually a bus stop very close to the apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most parties take place on Welch Ave, which is where the bars are. Bars are for 21 plus, so good luck getting in without a fake. Jeff's Pizza is a huge hit in Ames, it is open until 2AM on the weekends. House parties are fun. VEISHEA was amazing while it lasted.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramurals are huge along with club sports. Varsity sports are a big deal as well. Our recreation facilities are amazing. Our intramural department is one of the best in the country.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of services in regards to safety. Sometimes things happen though, which you cannot control. The campus police is always willing to help and if there is a sexual assault, an email will be sent to every student saying when and where it happened.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I worked really hard to get scholarships after my freshman year and didn't receive a single thing. I am now going into my sophomore year and I'm struggling to get a loan to even be able to continue my schooling. It's been a nightmare and it's very stressful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had great luck with professors and courses my first year of school. The quality of the courses is great. There are so many different kinds of courses offered as electives as well.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We have a student job board that everybody can access called CyHire. There are internships and jobs that go up on this site for Iowa State students only. There are people to help you with resume building, interviews, and cover letters.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ames is a great city. It isn't too big, but it isn't too small. Des Moines is a 45 minutes drive for some great shopping malls. Sporting events are huge in Ames. We have a Help Van for students who need a ride or feel unsafe. Call boxes are located throughout the campus if you ever feel unsafe.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many places for working out, studying, hangouts, anything. There is a place for anybody. The campus is absolutely beautiful.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are classes offered about diversity in the world and in america. There are clubs for almost anybody.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Sometimes greek students will be turned off in a conversation with a non-greek student because they can't talk about greek life. Homecoming week is usually just about greek life and there isn't a lot going on for the non-greek students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Meal plans are easy to understand and use. The dining hall facilities are clean, organized, and up-to-date. A wide variety of options to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many opportunities for internships, and the advisors are very willing to help out with things. The facilities are being updated at the moment, but they are very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are usually very nice and great at teaching. Occasionally there will be an instructor who doesn't seem very great.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Its always a buffet and you can sneak food out of the cafeteria easily

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A pricey school comes with all you could ask for including some off the best gyms around

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I absolutely love my apartment and the off campus is way better than the dorms

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tbell is always an option along with bdubs and chipotle

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program because of the people that I get to work with

College Sophomore

Majors: I have yet to get an internship but I do plan on getting one. They are a big help when looking at getting a job


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Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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For the most part, students enjoy their Iowa State experience. Iowa State is a large school with a beautiful campus and a reasonably diverse population. The first year can be difficult for many students, especially those who are not from the Midwest and are away from their families. It can be hard adjusting to college life, but once friends are made, the experience improves. Lifelong friendships are formed at Iowa State. Ames is a town that supports the college atmosphere, and students can quickly feel at home here. Iowa can have a few too many seasons for students not used to such dramatic weather, but students who can survive the first year find that the rest of their time at ISU gets easier.

Iowa State is a university of science and technology, so students in other fields may want to thoroughly investigate their fields of study before enrolling at Iowa State over another institution. You get out of college what you put into it. No matter where you are, if you are determined to learn, to make friends, and to succeed, your college experience will be fun. Iowa State has a lot to offer to every student—the question is if it is the right choice for you. Iowa State is large enough to be able to have great athletics and a huge social scene, but small enough that students get individualized attention in their classrooms and are easily able to make solid friendships. Students generally seem very satisfied with Iowa State—and why shouldn't they be?

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