Iowa State University

3,183 reviews
  1. Ames, IA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.119 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.117 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.117 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 70 responses
Report
  • Well balanced between school and social life
    74%
  • Academic based
    10%
  • Social
    10%
  • Conservative Farmer
    6%
  • Thriving
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.186 responses
Poll
76%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.239 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 62 responses
Report
  • Bustling with activity
    40%
  • Big engineering school.
    19%
  • Very science focused
    16%
  • The best
    13%
  • Very crowded
    6%
  • Good Agricultural school
    5%
  • Choose your adventure
    0%

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%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.67 responses

Reviews

3,183 reviews
  • Excellent
    532
  • Very Good
    1347
  • Average
    1085
  • Poor
    140
  • Terrible
    34
I started University at Iowa State and have loved every moment of it. The school has a beautiful campus and provides many opportunities for us all to become involved. If I could change something however it would have to be that the English department doesn't get a lot of attention. Being that it is not that type of school it is understandable but the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences in general should be a little more paid attention to.
  • Freshman
  • 2 days ago
I came from a small high school so it's definitely been a huge transition but I love Iowa State. The people, teachers, and facilities here are so nice. There are constantly new opportunities for all students. It's a great place to thrive.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 days ago
As a student at ISU, I have had an opportunity to meet amazing people and do amazing things, all while working towards a dream career.
  • College Junior
  • 14 days ago