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

Weather: The snow in the winter is really ridiculous sometimes. They usually have it cleared off by the time that classes actually start, but there were a few days when campus probably should have been shut down due to ice and blizzard conditions and we all had to tough it out.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather doesn't really affect the campus.

3 College Student

Weather: Iowa is known for crazy weather changes, but only on a rare bases will the campus close due to a blizzard. At least 90% of students are close to classes.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Nice in the spring and fall but real cold in the winter

2 College Senior

Weather: It's nice enough in full spring weather, but it's March 24th today and yet in snowed this morning. It was mostly sunny and nice last week. That the weather is kind of unpredictable and winter most of the year is very troublesome. Carrying around my portfolio for art classes gets annoying when I'm being attacked by wind and snow. In contrast, our summers are very hot, which makes the air-conditioned indoors feel way too cold because most of us students don't carry an extra jacket around during the *summer*. I love Iowa State's opportunities and the friends and professors that I've met but the weather makes me unhappy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Coldest Winters
  • 280th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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Iowa weather lacks popularity amongst students and residents alike. As many students mention, it lacks predictability and has all four seasons at drastic temperatures. Students will find that until winter break, they will need shorts, T-shirts, pants, jackets, sweatshirts, sandals, tennis shoes, and possibly boots and a winter coat. After break, they can probably get by without shorts, but need more winter clothes to get them through the season. Students need clothes for both cold and hot weather, including winter coats, umbrellas, and possibly boots. Jackets just don't cut it in the winter.

The highlight of Iowa State is not its weather. If a nice climate is an important factor in your choice of school, you may think of going elsewhere. The campus is beautiful, though, and there are some gorgeous days mixed in with the rain, snow, and humidity. The fall and spring especially can be nice before it gets too cold or too hot. Overall, the weather is temperamental.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 61 °F
Spring - Low: 39 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 63 °F
Fall - Low: 41 °F
Winter - High: 32 °F
Winter - Low: 15 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.54 in./month
Summer: 4.87 in./month
Fall: 2.63 in./month
Winter: 0.91 in./month
What to Pack
  • Boots
  • Heavy jacket
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella


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