Iowa State University

3,169 reviews
  1. Ames, IA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Iowa State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Twelve Conference
Address
3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011

Iowa State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
SAT Range
990-1310
ACT Range
21-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$13,899/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,721/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,063/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,249/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,007/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,534/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.189 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.196 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.196 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,440Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
Report
  • Well balanced between school and social life
    75%
  • Social
    11%
  • Academic based
    8%
  • Conservative Farmer
    5%
  • Thriving
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.243 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.304 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Bustling with activity
    29%
  • Big engineering school.
    23%
  • Choose your adventure
    14%
  • The best
    12%
  • Very science focused
    9%
  • Good Agricultural school
    8%
  • Very crowded
    5%

After Iowa State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.156 responses

Reviews

3,169 reviews
  • Excellent
    549
  • Very Good
    1361
  • Average
    1085
  • Poor
    140
  • Terrible
    34
Iowa State University is a great college to attend and I absolutely love the campus environment. I chose Iowa State because it was affordable and it is a decent drive from my hometown. At first, I thought it would be too big, but it is the perfect size. There are endless activities and clubs to join. The athletic games always filled with school spirit. Not to mention, there are campus buses that can take you almost anywhere for free! On weekends, there is always something you could find to do. For instance, there is a street called Welch comprise of various restaurants and shops. The diversity on campus is amazing and I can guarantee you will meet tons of new people. As for the academics, if you need help there are sessions that provide additional assistance for some classes, especially math. It is really helpful.
  • Sophomore
  • 17 days ago
I just completed my freshman year at Iowa State University, and my experience this far has been phenomenal! When I first moved to ISU I was a bit unsure of how I would do being so far away from home and family. But I quickly found out that almost every freshman was going through the same thing. Transitioning to ISU became very easy after learning that there is always something to do like going to cyclone cinema on the weekends with friends or hammocking on central campus. I loved my classes, and my professors were always more than willing to help when I needed it. Academically I struggled a bit my second semester but thankfully there are many incredible resources at ISU like the Academic Career Center and the Counseling Center. The staff are incredibly caring and understanding. When I didn't believe in myself I had a whole network of people who did. I truly appreciate all of my professors, advisors and everyone else who helped me finish the year strong. I didn't realize how much I was going to miss Iowa State until after I came back to Minnesota for the summer. I also realized that Iowa State has become my home and the friends I made there have become my family. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing. I can't wait to be back this fall to continue choosing my adventure at Iowa State!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
I said this in the previous question, but I'll gladly say it again. The Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communications is fantastic. Student publications, such as the Iowa State Daily Newspaper, ISUtv, Trend Magazine, Ethos, Ethos Magazine, Sir Magazine and Public Relations Student Society of America of publications are among the top in the nation. The Advertising departments of these are working through some tough times, but they're improving!
Faculty, staff and advisers are genuinely concerned about student success and are always more than willing to help students flourish their talents. Job placement is looking spiffy, too, so nothing to worry about there!
  • College Sophomore
  • Dec 20 2013