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 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 Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships that they advertise on the campus website are usually extremely specific for individual counties or majors which makes it hard to find one that you fit all of the criteria of. Try to file the FAFSA as soon as possible, but filing late isn't really a huge deal.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The biology department is pretty great, definitely not as acknowledged as the engineering college at Iowa State, but definitely a good program.

College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship, but I plan to at some point in the future. I just switched majors so I wouldn't be qualified for anything at the moment.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams are really heavily supported here, and if you were active in high school or want to get into sports in college there is always a team of some sort running through the intramural program.


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