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

Weather: I love it in the Summer, Spring, and Fall.

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2 College Senior

Weather: cold and windy and snowy during winter. weather changes while on campus making walking subject to those changes

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: This year it was mostly cold but now after we got out of school and it started to get better so it was pretty much a cold time at school

3 people found this useful Report
Recent Alumnus

Weather: During the spring, summer, and fall, campus weather is absolutely fantastic. During the winter, the entire center of campus turns into a tundra. There is a tunnel of frigid wind and it makes walking around campus unbearable. This makes the buses extremely cramped, so expect to be up close and personal with everyone else riding.

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.


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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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