Location
Ames, IA
Undergrads
26,103
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 2211 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Most of the things that the school is really strict about are things that will directly effect other students and not just the person doing it. They really focus on the health of the students rather than worrying about things that would probably just keep happening regardless of their stance on it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships that they advertise on the campus website are usually extremely specific for individual counties or majors which makes it hard to find one that you fit all of the criteria of. Try to file the FAFSA as soon as possible, but filing late isn't really a huge deal.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The biology department is pretty great, definitely not as acknowledged as the engineering college at Iowa State, but definitely a good program.

College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship, but I plan to at some point in the future. I just switched majors so I wouldn't be qualified for anything at the moment.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams are really heavily supported here, and if you were active in high school or want to get into sports in college there is always a team of some sort running through the intramural program.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The snow in the winter is really ridiculous sometimes. They usually have it cleared off by the time that classes actually start, but there were a few days when campus probably should have been shut down due to ice and blizzard conditions and we all had to tough it out.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only problem that really happens is during big campus events like VEISHEA. Otherwise the crime level is relatively low. The campus police have a twitter page and are alway updating on information that's relevant to student safety, so they are a really great resource to have.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is usually really expensive unless the buildings are owned by the university. Most of the apartments in town are really nice though and everything is close to a bus stop. Mostly, its not worth the money to live in them though.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All of the classes are challenging in a way that makes you want to work harder. Some of the professors make class life a little difficult, but with the right amount of determination anyone can pass.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do in ames, but the campus is usually hosting a wide variety of entertainment including including anything from musicals to sports.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Any time I leave my dorm, I almost always hear at least non-english conversations being had at any time of the day.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm pretty happy being in Apparel Merchandising. The teachers seem knowledgeable although could be more enthusiastic about what they are teaching. Iowa State is also popular for its annual fashion show that happens each spring that brings people in even from off campus. My career goal is to work in fashion advertising in some way in the Midwest. I think this will be achievable considering how small the world is with new technologies and the internet.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: There isn't really an application process to get into the apparel program at Iowa State. Getting into the college you need to have an RAI of 245. Any tips would be to get good grades in high school and do well on the ACT/SAT

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat off campus from Texas Roadhouse to Perkins to Panera. The CyRide makes it quick, easy and convenient to get to the many dining places. Costs are about average. Ames is known to have a local pizza place, Jeff's Pizza, that has the best pizza in town and it delivers!

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something going on on Friday and Saturday nights. From late night at the MU where there are games and sometimes entertainers to movie nights in Carver where the school gets movies before they go out on DVD free to students. The late night CyRide runs late into the night free for students that can be tracked my mobile phones and shelters. Many local businesses are open late and there are many food joints around on Lincoln Way and Welch Ave only a few feet from campus.

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.

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Staci Harper
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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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