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4 College Freshman

Academics: Everything dealing with academics is fine, except for the large lecture classes. The only problem with them is that you can't really talk to the professor one-on-one when there are 300 other classmates that might want to do the same.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Iowa State is very well known for excellent curricula and professors. There is sometimes a very dense workload, however, and it makes it difficult sometimes to manage time.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Iowa State has one of the best apparel programs in the United States. We are ranked on several lists. This is because we have a highly educated staff of professors and advisors, multiple clubs and organizations related to apparel, and a variety of resources for the major including a textile printing machine and sewing labs.

3 College Junior

Academics: The class sessions are too long and not engaging enough to hold most people's attention spans.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: As a freshman you end up with a lot of lecture classes and generals which aren't that exciting. For me personally I only went to lectures if there was something important (quiz/test/activity/attendance points) that day. I never learnt anything from them and did better learning it on my own. I almost always go to my smaller classes though because they are a lot more engaging and were related to my major. I didn't ever have much hw or a lot to study my 1st semester, I mostly had papers. Some people study in their dorm rooms, others go to the library, and there are a lot of other random spots on campus you can find that might be good for you.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 78 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 80 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 42 responses

  • 40% George Washington Carver - famous botanist
  • 22% John Atanasoff - invented the first computer
  • 21% Fred Hoiberg
  • 9% Carrie Chapman Catt - suffragist, peace advocate
  • 5% Jamaal Tinsley - NBA point guard
  • 1% James Wilson (U.S. politician)
  • 1% Clayton Anderson

How often do you:    Based on 43 responses

  • 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 43 responses

  • 21% This was my dream school.
  • 72% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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