Iowa State University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Ames, IA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
85 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The people
  • Ethernet
  • VEISHEA events
  • The beautiful campus

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Finding a place to park
  • Tuition hikes
  • Walking to class in the winter
  • The Ames City Council's lame ordinances

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

For the most part, students enjoy their Iowa State experience. Iowa State is a large school with a beautiful campus and a reasonably diverse population. The first year can be difficult for many students, especially those who are not from the Midwest and are away from their families. It can be hard adjusting to college life, but once friends are made, the experience improves. Lifelong friendships are formed at Iowa State. Ames is a town that supports the college atmosphere, and students can quickly feel at home here. Iowa can have a few too many seasons for students not used to such dramatic weather, but students who can survive the first year find that the rest of their time at ISU gets easier.

Iowa State is a university of science and technology, so students in other fields may want to thoroughly investigate their fields of study before enrolling at Iowa State over another institution. You get out of college what you put into it. No matter where you are, if you are determined to learn, to make friends, and to succeed, your college experience will be fun. Iowa State has a lot to offer to every student—the question is if it is the right choice for you. Iowa State is large enough to be able to have great athletics and a huge social scene, but small enough that students get individualized attention in their classrooms and are easily able to make solid friendships. Students generally seem very satisfied with Iowa State—and why shouldn't they be?

Iowa State Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are typically friendly. Be friendly to them, and they will return the favor. Usually we are pretty fashionable, but not everybody.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They do what they have to do on campus to make sure it is fair for everybody.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of different places to eat. Many student discounts available. Jeff's Pizza is great. BWW, Olde Maine.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy to get into most colleges for your selected major.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love what I learn and the advisors are enthusiastic about their work.


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