Campus Strictness

Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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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 Junior

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

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 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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College Junior

Campus Strictness: I honestly have no idea.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1095th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1103rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1365th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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Students can't seem to agree on this one—some people think that DPS invades students' lives and wrecks their fun, while others believe that DPS only cares about parking tickets and not about alcohol and drug use. Iowa State University does enforce the legal drinking age laws, so if you're underage and looking for a good time, this may not be the place for you. Fines are hefty, and drunk driving will easily result in your license being revoked. If you aren't sober, don't drive. If you're underage, don't draw attention to yourself. Campus police are cracking down on underage drinking, and the fines are expensive.

Most students at Iowa State have few problems with campus police. You can get away with a lot, as long as you are smart about it and don't cause trouble. As long as you don't seek out trouble at ISU, you should be fine. Generally, only really loud parties attract DPS's attention, and as long as you conduct yourself in a semi-sober manner around the campus police, you should be fine.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Disturbing your neighbors
  • Downloading copyrighted material
  • Drinking underage
  • Parking illegally
  • Running stop signs
  • Using explosive devices
Visitation Policies
Overnight guests are only allowed to stay three consecutive nights in the residence halls.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 113 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 122 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 5% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 55% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 39% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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