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Reviews 3073 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great professors, knowledgeable and passionate about teaching.

Many great course options.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The job fair is a great opportunity to find internships, jobs, etc, make connections, and get practice in the professional setting.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university lets all students know about these topics and does everything in their power to prevent it and provide support and help for all situations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Willow, it was a great experience. Great community, decent bathrooms, enough room in dorms, nice community space downstairs, dining center right downstairs, and C-Store is awesome.

Super excited to be living in ISU West with some friends. Very nice place, individual bathrooms and bedrooms. I think it'll be a great experience, maybe a little expensive though.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about it. Not in one.

I hear it is really great though and have some friends that really enjoy it.

Some houses have bad stigma for partying, but otherwise they do great work and have fun, well-attended philanthropies.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and basketball games are a blast, well-attended, and really great.

Intramurals are very fun, many people participate in them, and there are a ton of options.

We have two gyms that students and facility have access to that are really nice and well-used.

The stadium and arena are also great.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people are great, made so many great friends.

The professors are great, knowledgeable in their fields and great at teaching others.

The campus is beautiful and there are so many places to go, sit, run, study, eat, everything!

Would definitely choose it again. And again. And again.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are as easy as you make them. Study, apply yourself, ask for help if you need it. You will do great. Professors really love to see students who care enough about their grades to ask for help on things. They are very kind, I have even lost my ID card and was contacted afterwards by a professor who found it!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I believe that coming from Iowa State will earn me a decent amount of respect, as I have been an involved individual who overcame some obstacles and did a great job in her courses. Despite having changed majors several times, I have completed two internships in which I successfully obtained a great deal of knowledge and experience within the community. I haven't interacted with employers recruiting.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Regarding health - I no longer attend the on-campus doctor. They prescribe you medication, assuming it will fix you, and get on with their day. They told me I simply had a bad cough (after having visited twice recently) and I would get over it with some cough syrup. Less than a week later I went home for Christmas break only to find myself in the ER with pneumonia.

Regarding safety - I think my safety concern is simple paranoia being a female walking alone on campus at night. I don't do this often, but it's not exactly comfortable. Otherwise all is well.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is okay. At this point - it's incredibly full and hard to get into. As well as overpriced - even people who are forced into a small room with three others have to pay the same amount as the rest of those in that building.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Personally - I love Greek life. I started school without it and found myself wondering how everybody made friends so quickly. I had Greek friends who encouraged at least trying it and I took their advice and haven't looked back since. It really helped me to break out of my shell more and find people with common goals and interests throughout the community. Everyone is really welcoming and especially great throughout philanthropies.

5 College Junior

Athletics: From the pool to the track, racquetball courts, tennis, volleyball, and rock climbing wall - it's all really great whether you're going climbing with some friends or lifting weights!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose my school a million times if I needed to. It's absolutely wonderful - the Greek community, student government, I even love my fellow coworkers who are also students. I couldn't have picked a better place to choose my adventure.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: College is going in the right direction. Good starting spot.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I hope to use this more this year. I have some classes under my belt.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Try to keep people on campus to have more people walking around.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I will experience more this year looking forward to the experience

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think Greek life is for some people. I hope my choice not to does not affect friendships and study groups.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Certain sports have more hype. I look forward to participating in both intermural as well as attending games.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am looking forward to going to college full time starting in August as well as starting in new school

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.

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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.

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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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