Iowa State University

3,137 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%

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%

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

3,137 reviews
  • Excellent
    519
  • Very Good
    1332
  • Average
    1078
  • Poor
    140
  • Terrible
    34
Iowa State is a great University. If you want that typical college experience. It is your school. They offer a wide variety of majors and classes to choose from and truly care about their students. The only reason it is 4 stars is because of the location. There isn't that much to do off campus. Its a smaller town so on the weekends people resort to partying. There is something always going on on campus which is nice.
  • Sophomore
  • 16 days ago
Hello everybody, I am a freshman at Iowa state and i couldn't be more happy. Overall first impressions in my first week is that everything here is amazing and i can see why 36000+ other students attend here. Everybody here is so kind and polite whether it is a student, professor, or local resident, i have never been around a place with this many nice people. The amount of things you can get involved in here at ISU is unbelievable. They have over 800 clubs if if you can't find one for you then you can start your own! You will always feel like you fit right in here and there is plenty of opportunity to explore your interests further, or even explore new ones. The professors here are fantastic and the make sure you get every pennies worth of your education that you paid for. ISU sets you up so its makes it harder to fail, rather than pass. There is so much help offered here whether it is by teaching assistant, professors, tutors, or even your friendly classmates.
  • Freshman
  • 16 days ago
I was a student athlete my entire 4 years while attending Iowa State University. Most professors were more than willing to aide me in whatever way knowing my busy schedule. They were flexible and understanding, but still challenged me daily. The services, tutors, and academic help was always made available to me. The campus is beautiful and the people in Ames are pretty much the friendliest people you will meet. I stayed in the dorms for 2 years and it was a good experience. I met a lot of great people. Overall, it was a great experience both academically, athletically, and socially for me and I am blessed to have made the choice to attend college there.
  • Alum
  • 16 days ago