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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options of varying cost and size. You just have to do some digging.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want a big party, there are big parties. If you want a small party, there are small parties. Just make sure that you're safe.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety of food in Ames. Whether it be a bar, BBQ place, or the local pizza shop, there's something for everybody.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall, there are rules for everything, but nothing that is extreme or that doesn't make sense.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not your home cooked meal, but ISU offers a wide variety of options for you to try. Dietary needs and constraints are taken into consideration and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free foods are available. After awhile, the food does begin to get boring and hard to eat.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Because there are so many people who qualify, scholarships are very competitive but there are a lot that are offered. You are likely to receive some financial aid but it has to be spread around with others as well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on which dorms you're in. Some are amazing and others are just okay. However, what some lack in amenities and space, they make up for with the social atmosphere. It's a college dorm... Don't expect a five or four star hotel.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of variety of people.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking around campus in the day or night. The health center is convenient but is really only good at helping with "typical" problems

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Anyone can get in to a frat. They don't really talk to non-greeks and they do little to help around campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: People love participating in intramurals sports and State Gym is awesome and offers lots of classes.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: With 33,000+ students there are going to be lots of parties. Avoid the frats if possible. But if you want to party you can but you don't have to and you can still have friends

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of different places to eat within walking distance. Decent prices and quality. Lots of food trucks

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's a big, public school so partying is to be expected. Underage drinking happens everywhere and if you are in a room in the dorms they will not catch you unless you are mean rude. The CAs I experienced were very chill. If they smell marijuana they will send the dogs but that is to be expected. The cops on campus are pretty nice and, in my experience, pretty reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I automatically got financial aid because of my test scores, classes taken and GPA.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of options of places to eat. The cafe in the library is super convenient and you can find really whatever you want to eat somewhere on campus. Meal bundles at West Side market are the best.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got to move to Friley before school started and I loved it! Everyone on my floor was social and nice but some floors around us were not as social. It is what you make it. Living on the dorms is totally worth it though

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My first year on campus was great. I encourage everyone to at least live on campus for there first year of college. I lived in Willow on ISU's campus and I'd say it is the most social and involved dorm on campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most parties are pretty fun and there are usually plenty of options depending on if you want a house party of you prefer greek life.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety but mostly chain restaurants and fast food.

3 College Freshman

Administration: For things like underage drinking and drug use, campus is fairly strict, but for good reason.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid and receiving an appropriate amount was a fairly easy and hassle free process.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some food options were better than others. Storms is not the best option for variety or freshness, and that was the closest to me. They are also closed on the weekends which is inconvenient. Seasons is where my roommate and I spent most of our time and we love the variety of the different foods and the healthy option of the salad bar.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in the towers and it was a little farther from campus that I had originally wanted for my first year of college, but it turned out pretty good. Our dorm is considered the lowest of dorms. I did like that since we are all so far off of campus together, we bonded really well with everyone and I made some really great friends.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is mostly good but it really depends on where you live. if you rent a apartment with some friends it can be cheap but if you rent out one of the nice new hotel like buildings it can get expensive.

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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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