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Reviews 2932 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Student

Athletics: Team performance is one of the best in the country, all teams at the school are hard working and talented. Each team is focused on winning and doing well and their records show it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not regretted taking any of my courses. Iowa State offers a variety of courses and the advisers are great when it comes to choosing which course and the course load you should be taking.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The career services on campus are amazing and very helpful. The school and university organizations are consistently around and advertising themselves to the point where you want to join something to be a part of an organization/group/club. The school is also great with working with students trying to gain experience in an internship or hold a part time student job on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although there have been the unfortunate cases of campus crime I feel very safe while on my campus. If I was ever in the situation where I do not feel safe I know that I can call the campus police or Help Van for assistance which is also very comforting to know.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus was one of the best experiences I have had while at Iowa State. All of the dorms are spacious and sanitary. The RA's encourage social interactions between the members in the building/floors and create the utmost social atmosphere. All of the housing on campus is very convenient and I loved every moment of it. I would live in the dorms again if given the chance.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being part of a sorority has opened my eyes to the endless amount of ways I can contribute not only to my community but to the world. Because of Delta Delta Delta I have had the experience to travel to St. Jude Children Research hospital and raise over $60,000 in one year for the amazing children and families going through the toughest phases in their lives. Greek life here at Iowa State is huge and we have had many recognition's for our outstanding contributions. Although the stereotype of Greek life is revolved around partying and alcohol, we are trying to change that. I firmly believe that every Greek member agrees that the stereotype of Greek life is wrong and we are trying our best to change the opinions of those not involved.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Considering I work for one of our athletic teams my response may be a tad biased however I believe we have the best and strongest fan base in the country. With that being said, our athletics are never overlooked. We support every one of our athletes and although the scoreboard may not always be in our favor, our heads are always held high and we strive for success. Iowa State's athletics are out of this world in terms of coaching, student ability and fan base.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique is that it is filled with over 36 thousand students yet every student gets the utmost respect and attention from each of their professors and peers. This was the best decision I have made and has changed my life for the better in every aspect. I highly recommend attending Iowa State University for I have only positive things to say about it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Throughout one full year, only 3 incidents happened. There was a gun warning (turned out a guy had a mirror in his car and someone thought he flashed a gun at him I guess), one sexual assault, and one hit and run (the driver was found quickly and arrested).

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The newer the dorm, the more desireable. Martin and Eaton are both suite style and highly sought after, but are about 1.5x as much as the older dorms, like Helser and towers. Avoid towers (Wallace and Wilson) if at all possible, they are located fairly south of campus and are not nice enough to justify the distance.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The big frats on campus are a bunch of a*****es but the smaller frats and sororities are all extremely friendly and inviting people. they don't try to push their lifestyle on you unlike other frats and sororities.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I would give 3 stars, but State Gym is incredibly modern and up to date. Plenty of machines, free weights, indoor running track, backetball courts, exercise classes, multiple large pools, the list goes on!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school provides plenty of opportunity to anyone who attends. No matter your major, there are resources available, and if needed TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM. They're free!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I believe once something bad happens the community at ISU and the Ames community come together to support one another. This is another reason why ISU is great

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Go to career night for your major. ISU has incredible resources so use them

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Each course is going to be hard so be ready to study and do your homework and any extra credit that comes your way

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: great way to meet friends and get involved your first year at ISU. I would 100% recommend it

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are not in one you wont fit in with them

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hilton Magic is real and once you attend ISU you need to go to at least one basketball game so you can see if for yourself. As of football we have a lot of work to do

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You have a beautiful campus to walk on everyday. It is very easy to get involved on your first day and make friends

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not go out so I am not aware of what the party scene is like.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not know what the party scene is like.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of classes to choose from. The variety is great but some of the professors aren't the best. It really varies on what class you are taking. Registration for classes is very simple. Workload can be a lot but you just need to plan on doing homework and studying and you'll be okay.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of people on campus are white. There is not a lot of diversity but then again you're in Iowa.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I honestly don't know much about the drug scene. I do know alcohol is a big part on campus, but alcohol is a big part on most campuses. I have noticed that if you don't drink people tend to find it odd.


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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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