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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly Iowa state has been the greatest experience of my entire life.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: My first semester at my college graduating college was a really horrible experience because I did not have enough guidance to get through the class works. As days past by I felt a lot better about my college.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The campus is amazing, the professors are usually helpful and the overall atmosphere is great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: so far I love it! I wish the rooms were air conditioned but other than that everyone is very welcoming and it seems like a great school!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Iowa State is a very beautiful campus and good education

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Iowa State offers so much for its students!

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the variety of opportunities Iowa State has to offer but I do not think that paying an out-of -state tuition, without going into the college's well-known engineering program, is worth it. I would have probably chosen a more prestigious college which would ultimately help me with my grad school / further studies.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is what I expected not better or worse. Regardless of where I went there was bound to be bad days and good days.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience at Iowa State is great. sure it's not a dream school, but what is? It has many opportunities to offer and is constantly growing. It's community is a bit lacking in activity and racial diversity compared to schools on either coasts, but I'm okay with that. Some of my favorite experiences of ISU are just being able to walk around and explore. It's not that big, but big enough to feel full. What makes Iowa State unique is that its distance. It's not too far away but close enough to home to make my parents happy. And it's a state I have not yet... full explored so I'm glad to be doing that here for the next four years. If I had to choose another school I would go to Texas just because it's a little more...adventure than ISU is. I do have family down there and Baylor is a wonderful campus. The only issue is the extensive cost.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Honestly, no institution is ever going to be perfect, but ISU is really great. I love most of the people I met and it has the feel of a small school with the options of a large university.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Iowa State University was a great experience overall. It was considerably cheaper than other schools I looked at and I was awarded for a decent ACT Score. In addition, I received world class academic and emotional resources and programs. Iowa State is a hidden gem in the Midwest and offers a considerable educational experience at a low price.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far, my overall experience at Iowa State University has been great. At this point, my only gripes are that the busing system could use some work, the school is taking a while updating my major so that I can finish registering for Fall classes, and that I wish they would offer bicycles more protection from the elements since the school does experience occasional rain and snow.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Iowa State. The people are great, the campus is great.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The city and campus are clean, and the people are nice. It is far enough away from home, but not to far if a need arises.

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: A great school with a great location

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I loved my school, but it was too boring for me. The classes were great, but the social life was not. That is why I transferred to ISU.

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4 College Junior

Administration: just keeping the community safe.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are decent. If you get into the suite style rooms you're well off but not well financially.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Only visited friends off campus, haven't lived off, but it seems pretty good

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Not much of a partier, but Welch Avenue is usually pretty busy on weekends

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing special, a lot of fast food chains plus local chains

4 College Junior

Administration: Administration is usually very helpful

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's not bad food, but it's not excellent either.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy process, and easy to accept or decline.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very social, good dining centers

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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?

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