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5 College Senior

Academics: Registration process is the best, no matter your turn is the last, they always have the course you need available.

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.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some class are quite challenging and many professors refuse to review their curricula because they have been doing it the same way for many years.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I feel I have learned a lot

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at Iowa State are very experienced, and most of them are required to perform research, which is a plus.

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Student satisfaction ranges from sheer hatred to adoration, and a majority of the students at ISU seems to fall in the middle of that range. While a few students do profess hatred of their teachers and subject material, most students tend to be content with the quality of education these teachers are providing. Cultural differences seem to be the biggest problem teachers and students have with each other, but these kinds of differences better prepare students for life in the real world. They may, eventually, be glad they were forced to strain and decipher foreign interpretations of English—it could help them in the workforce someday.

Of course, different people will have differing views on what makes or breaks a teacher, and this is no different at ISU. Some students are warned by friends that certain teachers are Satan incarnate, while others adore them. Iowa State has enough educators to offer variety in education. In most cases, if you get stuck with a teacher you hate, chances are, you can drop the class and take it later with a different instructor. These options are not always available at smaller schools.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,320
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
271
Total FT Faculty
2,145
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,569
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
52%
Transfer-Out Rate
23%
Graduation Rate
71%
Programs/Majors Offered
158
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 students: 49%
  • 50 or more students: 21%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Business
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 1%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Coffeeshops off campus
  • Frederiksen Court Community Center
  • Hawthorn Market and CafĂ©
  • Maple-Willow-Larch Commons
  • Memorial Union
  • Parks Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Do your best in your classes, so you don't have to waste time and money retaking them.
  • Go to class! It's important!
  • If you get put into a learning community, use the people in it as resources. That's what they're there for.
  • If you need help, get it. ISU offers a lot of help for students who need it.
  • Join a learning community to help you study. Not only will it help you learn, it will help you find some really great friends.
Did You Know?
  • Every state and more than 100 countries are represented in the student body.
  • ISU math and physics professor Jan Vincent Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry designed the first electronic digital computer.
  • More Iowa high school graduates enroll at Iowa State each year than at any other Iowa college or university.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 183 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 143 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 143 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 68% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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