Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 2196 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are parties everywhere. It gets crazy.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ames is a pretty typical town. It has everything we need, and Des Moines isn't too far if people need a larger city.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's frustrating being an out of state student. The financial aid options are pretty limited to just loans.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are restaurants close to campus as well as in the Ames community. They are fairly convenient and not too pricey.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are emergency phones around campus and a ride service to those that live in the dorms.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather doesn't really affect the campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: On campus housing is strict about alcohol and drug policies.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The majority of students come from small town Iowa, but there is still diversity.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It was convenient to live on campus, but expensive.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Students can ride the bus for free around Ames. There are shuttles to Des Moines for the airport and options for students traveling.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Iowa State is a great campus, with great well-known sports to events all around campus and set on a beautiful piece of land, any one should go to campus here.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Don't know much about Greek Life

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Their not super strict on much. As long as you go to classes, pass and stay sober, the university won't have a problem with you.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the apartments at ISU are in great locations. They are mostly within walking distance to campus and the amenities and pet friendly options are great. The cost is a little high for college students.

4 College Student

Academics: Psychology is great major. Iowa State is really well known for this area. The work field is going strong with job opportunists and the school works with the students to help land a job.

5 College Student

Scholarships: Nothing bad to say. The campus helps all student's get to their goal.

3 College Student

Weather: Iowa is known for crazy weather changes, but only on a rare bases will the campus close due to a blizzard. At least 90% of students are close to classes.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Unlike Iowa City, Iowa State is focused on education. Yes, people do drink and do drugs, but Iowa State isn't the number one party school in the country.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Won't be doing student housing, but heard from other students that the housing is great.

4 College Student

Computers: With labs around campus and students using personal computers, then it allows all students to get things done

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is finicky and can be very slow

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Cyride makes not having a car easy, I can get to late night appointments in town and get back easily.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't misbehave and have not been overly affected by drunks so I think it's great

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are very good, but there are some real whoppers. There are many high level classes offered as well as lower ones to meet the individuals needs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not follow sports but most people do and I've heard that our teams do fairly well

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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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