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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You won't get away from the big lecture scene very easily at any college. However, Iowa state does a good job of making up with that with their required recitation classes taught by TA's. These are meant to further go into detail about any questions the students have.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Iowa State University works very hard to connect the student body with industries across the country. There are career fairs held each semester where hundreds of companies come to meet with students face to face, and very many student organizations that have companies come to present as well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is little to no crime on campus, which helps students feel safe on campus. A good program Iowa State has to further ensure safety for individuals traveling alone at night is their help van escort.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best perk of living in a dorm is by far the social atmosphere. I have made some of the best friends I have my first year at Iowa state and they're all from my hall. All it took was leaving my door open the first few weeks and also getting out every once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although going greek is a great way to bond with a group of people and organize events, it isn't for everybody. Each greek community has their own personality.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is a big school, which is pretty clear. Every year Iowa state achieves record-breaking attendance, but for so many reasons it doesn't necessarily feel that way. I like it's amazing campus, with so many fields of green, so many spaces to sit and relax, so many different buildings you could go into and study. I also like how easy it is to fit into your own group of people you fit in with. once you do this, the school doesn't feel so big after all.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Iowa State and would recommend that all high school students seriously consider applying.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Students usually leave with a job or an ideal job in mind

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, even at night

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: This is your average campus housing. Some dorms are above average and some dorms don't even have air conditioning.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life can often get a bad rap. I personally am in a sorority and I know that the stereotypes of sororities and fraternities are not true at Iowa State. Philanthropy and friendship are very important. Partying is optional and not valued by sororities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Iowa State has many athletic programs. Even if you don't plan to play D1, you can still participate by getting involved in intramural sports.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Iowa State University provides a large school atmosphere while, at the same time you don't feel like you are just a number.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The variety of courses provided is huge! Some classes are more general but still related to your major, but there are also classes that are based on your major. Some classes are huge, but you do also get some smaller classes too. The classes are great, they are up to date on their information and very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you have a degree from Iowa State, especially in agriculture students looking for a job are sought after. They are very well known for excelling in their job/career/internship.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university police are really great, will help you with just about anything you might need. I feel extremely safe on campus. The police are on call 24/7 so there are little to no worries about something going terribly wrong, you will always get an answer if you call.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms were a little smaller than I expected but with lofted beds it made things easier to set up and make it comfortable. It was very convenient living in the dorms because it was right there on campus. They also came with a desk so you had a large work space. The closets they had in there had plenty of room for clothes and even a few extra items for storage.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks have a lot of events that non-Greeks are able to attend. They make things social and enjoyable both on and off campus. The Greek houses can't be missed, they are by campus and really nice.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Iowa State is notorious for having a lot of school spirit. There are a lot of students that get involved as much as they can for the simple fact they love the sport. The parking lot is always full when we have home games, a lot of people camp out for days before the event for tickets or to be some of the first ones in.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is unique for the fact that even the mandatory classes are related to your major. They try to make all the classes you take all about your major so you don't find yourself in a class that you dislike and don't want to be in. They make your major the center of everything so you enjoy going to class. Every class you take is well worth going too for the simple fact that you're interested in it and it is about your major.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most professors are awesome and just want to help you out. If you go in for office hours they will totally have your back. If you have to take BIO 212 avoid Kukday at ALL costs.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: ISU has the largest career fair in the country. They do a spectacular job of connecting you with potential employers, all you have to do is go out and connect with people.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: You are as safe as you want to be. Honestly, I walk with someone if its really late out, but I'm also a small woman. During the day I feel like I have nothing at all to worry about, and you probably don't at night either, I would just rather be safe than sorry.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice overall, especially Richardson Court area. They are all close to some kind of dining hall, and all are less than 15 mins from your furthest class. Certain halls will be better socially, and that's just luck of the draw, but overall the dorms are an excellent way to make new friends, and they're super convenient as far as food and class goes.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, but as a whole I think it's ok. They sometimes put on cool activities, but they seem to keep to themsleves alot, and don't have a ton of school wide activities.

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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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