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Reviews 3039 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The variety of courses provided is huge! Some classes are more general but still related to your major, but there are also classes that are based on your major. Some classes are huge, but you do also get some smaller classes too. The classes are great, they are up to date on their information and very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you have a degree from Iowa State, especially in agriculture students looking for a job are sought after. They are very well known for excelling in their job/career/internship.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The university police are really great, will help you with just about anything you might need. I feel extremely safe on campus. The police are on call 24/7 so there are little to no worries about something going terribly wrong, you will always get an answer if you call.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms were a little smaller than I expected but with lofted beds it made things easier to set up and make it comfortable. It was very convenient living in the dorms because it was right there on campus. They also came with a desk so you had a large work space. The closets they had in there had plenty of room for clothes and even a few extra items for storage.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks have a lot of events that non-Greeks are able to attend. They make things social and enjoyable both on and off campus. The Greek houses can't be missed, they are by campus and really nice.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Iowa State is notorious for having a lot of school spirit. There are a lot of students that get involved as much as they can for the simple fact they love the sport. The parking lot is always full when we have home games, a lot of people camp out for days before the event for tickets or to be some of the first ones in.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is unique for the fact that even the mandatory classes are related to your major. They try to make all the classes you take all about your major so you don't find yourself in a class that you dislike and don't want to be in. They make your major the center of everything so you enjoy going to class. Every class you take is well worth going too for the simple fact that you're interested in it and it is about your major.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most professors are awesome and just want to help you out. If you go in for office hours they will totally have your back. If you have to take BIO 212 avoid Kukday at ALL costs.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: ISU has the largest career fair in the country. They do a spectacular job of connecting you with potential employers, all you have to do is go out and connect with people.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: You are as safe as you want to be. Honestly, I walk with someone if its really late out, but I'm also a small woman. During the day I feel like I have nothing at all to worry about, and you probably don't at night either, I would just rather be safe than sorry.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice overall, especially Richardson Court area. They are all close to some kind of dining hall, and all are less than 15 mins from your furthest class. Certain halls will be better socially, and that's just luck of the draw, but overall the dorms are an excellent way to make new friends, and they're super convenient as far as food and class goes.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, but as a whole I think it's ok. They sometimes put on cool activities, but they seem to keep to themsleves alot, and don't have a ton of school wide activities.

4 College Junior

Athletics: ISU football and basketball are huge draws, and because Iowa doesn't have any professional sports, the community gets really hyped up over sporting events which is AWESOME.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Iowa State. The environment and academics are top notch, the campus is all in one place, and it's so big that there is always something to do!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Iowa Stae wasn't my top choice school, but I was so glad that i choose this school. There are so many different personalities, it is easy to find friends. Once you get involved your family grows and your support system grow as well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Iowa State has the biggest job fair, and there are thousands of employers looking for Iowa State students to fill their jobs, be willing to go out and travel to a new location for a job. You will most definitely find one that matches everything you desire

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: still take the precautions you feel are necessary to protect yourself, but Iowa State is a very tight knit family and will take care of each other when the need arises

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Keep your stuff locked up, just to be safe, but don't be afraid to leave your door open when you are in your dorm. It's a great way to meet people.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: To be completely honest, I haven't been really involved with the greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is involved with something, even if it isn't sports related there is a place for everyone. The great thing about this school is that you don't have to be the best, as long as you give your best.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The profs really care about your success if you go and talk to them and ask for help.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Although I think that Iowa State should look at getting more street lights put on campus for at night, and possibly see about getting white LED lights instead of the yellow lights. I try not to go across campus at night unless I have someone with me just because some areas on campus aren't as well lit as others. Thankfully if I do have to go out on my own I can call the ISU safety escort service and get a ride from them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Helser my freshman year and while the building itself was not the greatest I met many incredible people and made many great memories there. The location of the building was great! I was right next to a dining center and a light of my classes were right across the street or within five minutes walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a very big deal at Iowa State University whether that be varsity sports or intramural sports. Varsity sports like Cyclone football or hockey games are things you should go to at least once! The energy and support from the students is unreal. Even if you don't like a sport you can't help but get up and cheer with everyone else at the game! Iowa state also offers great activities for the not so athletic person like H2O Battleship.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I just completed my freshman year at Iowa State University, and my experience this far has been phenomenal! When I first moved to ISU I was a bit unsure of how I would do being so far away from home and family. But I quickly found out that almost every freshman was going through the same thing. Transitioning to ISU became very easy after learning that there is always something to do like going to cyclone cinema on the weekends with friends or hammocking on central campus. I loved my classes, and my professors were always more than willing to help when I needed it. Academically I struggled a bit my second semester but thankfully there are many incredible resources at ISU like the Academic Career Center and the Counseling Center. The staff are incredibly caring and understanding. When I didn't believe in myself I had a whole network of people who did. I truly appreciate all of my professors, advisors and everyone else who helped me finish the year strong. I didn't realize how much I was going to miss Iowa State until after I came back to Minnesota for the summer. I also realized that Iowa State has become my home and the friends I made there have become my family. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing. I can't wait to be back this fall to continue choosing my adventure at Iowa State!


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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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