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

Academics: I am so impressed by the quality I get for the price I pay

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Way better than any education I have received in my own state.

4 College Senior

Academics: My program at the Greenlee school of journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University has a variety of activities for students to get involved with to build their portfolio. For example, I work for two student magazines and the campus newspaper. Also, most, if not all, professors have had real world experience and are able to offer advice in and outside of class for this profession.

The workload is pretty moderate. Professors will definitely make you work, but usually the workload isn't unbearable. The curriculum is easy to understand and professors usually give you hands on experience with whatever lecture they're talking about. If you get the right internship you can gain really good experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: The registration process is painless and the advisors try to make themselves as available as possible to the students. I've never had a problem that hasn't been resolved whenever I ask my advisor about whatever it may be. I haven't used a study group so I'm not sure how good or the availability of them are.

Like I mentioned previously, most, if not all, of the professors at ISU in the Greenlee college have had real world experience and offer a lot of great advice inside and outside of lecture. They also try their hardest to fit the curriculum to today's technology standards that are expected of journalism students as well as how to cover a story properly.

There are many study areas on campus and a lot of open space to study when the weather is warm.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think the workload and curriculum is great at Iowa State. Facilities are being updated to look nice and there are many technological advances in many of the buildings. There are also many job opportunities both on and off campus.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 76 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 78 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 40% George Washington Carver - famous botanist
  • 23% John Atanasoff - invented the first computer
  • 20% Fred Hoiberg
  • 10% Carrie Chapman Catt - suffragist, peace advocate
  • 7% Jamaal Tinsley - NBA point guard

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