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

Diversity: There is a variety of people at Iowa State. And what you want to be apart of you can get involved with

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a huge Chinese community

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. Chances are pretty high that you'll find someone who you agree with almost 100% at ISU.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You see many different cultures represented on campus and there are many clubs and organizations that are dedicated to political beliefs, religion ,ect.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I have never heard one comment putting down someone for there life choices or skin


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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While it is true that a vast majority of students that attends Iowa State University is white, there is some diversity on campus, and it is celebrated. Iowa State is a very welcoming and accepting place, as it always has been. In 1891, George Washington Carver became the first African American to attend the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Carver excelled at Iowa State and was active in all aspects of campus life, such as the YMCA, the debate club, athletics, and he was captain of the campus military regiment. He eventually became the first African American faculty member at Iowa State.

If you're looking for a campus of like-minded individuals who will rally together for a cause, Iowa State is not the place for you. You can always count on others having the same beliefs or background as you, but it won't necessarily be a majority of the campus. The population at Iowa State is predominantly white, but few students will feel out of place because of their ethnicity, religion, or interests. If a large population of ethnic diversity is immensely important to you, Iowa State may not be the right place. On the other hand, while it isn't a widely diverse atmosphere, ISU is a very accepting place. People from all walks of life are welcomed and even celebrated at Iowa State.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Although few hate crimes occur on campus, there is a support center for homosexual students. LGBTSS (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services) offers support, education, and advocacy on homosexual, bisexual, and transgender issues for students.
Political Activity
Many different political affiliations are represented on campus, through student organizations like the College Republicans and College Democrats, to name a few.
Economic Status
Most of the students at Iowa State University come from pretty humble origins. A lot of students come from farming backgrounds, so don't expect to see a lot of "rich kids" on this campus. While there are some, the majority is just trying to get by.
Most Common Religions
There are several Christian organizations throughout campus, but other religions have organizations of their own, too.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although a vast majority of Iowa State students is white, clubs do exist for minority students, including African Students Association, Asian Pacific American Awareness Coalition, and more. Almost every background is represented.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 97 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 96 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 31% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 99 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 98 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 97 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.



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