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

Guys & Girls: I am a very shy person but most people seem to be pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many people dress like farmers and are ready for harvest

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hard to say since there are so many students at Iowa State. The typical looks of students is either dressed nicely or just sweats, especially now that it's winter. I'm sure our students are just like students at other big schools.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is such a variety in students at Iowa State. No matter what type of person you are interested in being around, they can probably be found at Iowa State. It is a good place to experience diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are a bunch of party animals- and not in a good way.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 156th
    Hottest Guys
  • 279th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 321st
    Smartest Guys
  • 329th
    Most Athletic Guys

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Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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Iowa State's students tend to be casual in their dress and manners. With more than 20,000 undergraduate students, it is not difficult to find good-looking guys and girls. For the most part, the students are described as pretty cool. Some complain that many students blend together as they dress and act similarly, but there are always exceptions. The girls are described as less approachable than the guys, but overall, the feedback on guys and girls is good.

Girls definitely have the advantage of selection at Iowa State. With an awesome guy-to-girl ratio that is enormously in the girls' favor, the women of Iowa State can have their pick of some good-looking guys. In general, the girls seem more satisfied with the selection of guys at Iowa State than the guys are with the selection of girls. But the guys don't have things too bad. The women are pretty easy on the eyes. Iowa State University is large enough to have something for everyone, and you're bound to find a hottie or two, whether you're a guy or a girl. If you're looking for romance or just looking for someone you can have fun with, you can find it at Iowa State University.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
At the Thielen Student Health Center or through Planned Parenthood of Ames. Ladies can fill prescriptions for birth control at the pharmacy in the Thielen Student Health Center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Campustown
  2. Frat parties
  3. Class, of course!
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The tiers in Parks Library (yeah, really!)
  2. Under the Campanile
  3. Frat parties
  4. The Maple Hall showers
  5. The tunnels in Gilman Hall
Social Scene
Iowa State is large enough that the Greek system does not dominate the social scene for people who are not Greek, nor is Iowa State composed of obnoxious hierarchical cliques. Instead, Iowa State's social scene is exactly what you make of it. No one group really dominates over the others, thanks in part to the University's large size. With that being said, it is easy to find things to do with people you like, and for most students, that's what it's all about. Students are really friendly and approachable, for the most part. You can meet people in classes, working out at the rec, or in restaurants or bars in Campustown. It's a big enough campus that even if someone rejects you, there are still 10,000 other members of the opposite sex.
Hookups or Relationships?
There's a mixture of both at Iowa State—it all depends on what you're looking for. And if you look hard enough, you'll find it at Iowa State. Keep in mind, though, that men outnumber women on this campus. However, Iowa State has many types of people and personalities, so students are bound to find a niche, both for those who really want a relationship, or for those who just want to have a no-strings-attached good time.
Dress Code
There really isn't one at ISU. Students wear whatever feels comfortable to them. This is Iowa, so you'll see your share of Wranglers, boots, and cowboy hats. But not everyone dresses like that. The majority of students wears jeans and T-shirts, but some dress up more, and some dress down more. You'll see a wide range of clothing styles—anything goes on this campus.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 80 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 91 responses

  • 24% None
  • 19% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 12% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 11% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 11 responses

  • 40% Class, of course!
  • 25% From friends
  • 20% Campustown
  • 15% On campus clubs, groups, and associations
  • 0% Frat parties

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 53% Being social
  • 18% Attending random events
  • 18% Joining the Greek Community
  • 6% Smart
  • 6% Dorms like Towers (not apartments like Freddie)

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 49% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 47% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Social
  • 30% Academic based
  • 30% Well balanced between school and social life


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