Academics

Location
Ames, IA
Undergrads
26,103
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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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.

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.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The work load is manageable but hard and time consuming

3 College Senior

Academics: Most of the courses make me feel accomplished. My only dissatisfaction is with Color Theory. I like the topic but not how it's taught. I also feel that it should be a half-semester course and not a full-semester course. The registration is nice because you schedule a meeting with your advisor to make sure you're on track and then schedule classes online yourself using the RAN number you receive from your advisor. The art student's workload is honestly exhausting, but I also understand how this workload can prepare one for the real world. If you can handle ISU, you can handle anything.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The quality of education received at a state university far exceeds that of a community college.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 127th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 155th
    Best Course Variety
  • 164th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 292nd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
Major
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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Student satisfaction ranges from sheer hatred to adoration, and a majority of the students at ISU seems to fall in the middle of that range. While a few students do profess hatred of their teachers and subject material, most students tend to be content with the quality of education these teachers are providing. Cultural differences seem to be the biggest problem teachers and students have with each other, but these kinds of differences better prepare students for life in the real world. They may, eventually, be glad they were forced to strain and decipher foreign interpretations of English—it could help them in the workforce someday.

Of course, different people will have differing views on what makes or breaks a teacher, and this is no different at ISU. Some students are warned by friends that certain teachers are Satan incarnate, while others adore them. Iowa State has enough educators to offer variety in education. In most cases, if you get stuck with a teacher you hate, chances are, you can drop the class and take it later with a different instructor. These options are not always available at smaller schools.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,320
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
271
Total FT Faculty
2,145
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,569
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
52%
Transfer-Out Rate
23%
Graduation Rate
71%
Programs/Majors Offered
152
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 students: 49%
  • 50 or more students: 21%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Business
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
  • Psychology: 1%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Coffeeshops off campus
  • Frederiksen Court Community Center
  • Hawthorn Market and CafĂ©
  • Maple-Willow-Larch Commons
  • Memorial Union
  • Parks Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Do your best in your classes, so you don't have to waste time and money retaking them.
  • Go to class! It's important!
  • If you get put into a learning community, use the people in it as resources. That's what they're there for.
  • If you need help, get it. ISU offers a lot of help for students who need it.
  • Join a learning community to help you study. Not only will it help you learn, it will help you find some really great friends.
Did You Know?
  • Every state and more than 100 countries are represented in the student body.
  • ISU math and physics professor Jan Vincent Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry designed the first electronic digital computer.
  • More Iowa high school graduates enroll at Iowa State each year than at any other Iowa college or university.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 78 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 39% George Washington Carver - famous botanist
  • 26% John Atanasoff - invented the first computer
  • 13% Carrie Chapman Catt - suffragist, peace advocate
  • 13% Fred Hoiberg
  • 9% Jamaal Tinsley - NBA point guard

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