Iowa State University (ISU)

Ames, IA

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Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love the community and atmosphere of ISU. The campus is beautiful and I love the Teacher Education program here and I know it will take me to great places following graduation. I would say a tip would be to be as involved as possible with still keeping your academics first. I love being a part of campus and clubs, it keeps me an involved member and student at ISU.

Academics

I am studying in the College of Human Sciences and I absolutely love the Teacher Education program here. The first two years of the program is a lot of general education classes with some elementary education based courses. The professors are usually very nice and are willing to help you succeed in any way. During the first two years when the general education classes are higher, I had very large lecture hall classes. Now that I am in my junior year and further in my program I have 30 students generally in the classroom with me.

College Life

ISU is always full of social interaction. People are always on campus talking with one another or when it is nice out people lay out on campus and do homework or enjoy the nice weather between classes. There are hundreds of clubs at ISU and just about any type of hobby you can imagine is a club. There are so many ways to be involved on campus, you just have to be willing to get out there and find something you love. Athletics are very fun events where we are proud of our school colors and attend and it's a great time to hang with friends and support our teams.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am a transfer student in my first semester at Iowa State. I have found my experience so far to be nothing short of phenomenal. The University works very hard to be a school that places students first, in much the same way that Amazon is singularly focused on its customers. My professors have all been very willing to talk to me about anything I want to discuss with them and the students here are all very friendly.

Academics

Classes are of mixed sizes; I currently have mostly larger classes (200-300) people, but a few of these classes break down into smaller TA sections once a week. I also have a couple of smaller classes (50ish people). The professors all seem very competent, are experts in their field and generally just know what they are doing. The workload for all of my classes is appropriate to the speed at which the professors teach, and all professors here have indicated a willingness to make reasonable accommodations if a student requests one.

College Life

The atmosphere on campus is very social, it is very rare to see a student walk down a sidewalk for more than 5 minutes without saying hi to at least one person. There are a ton of clubs on campus and most students are a part of at least one club or organization. The campus is probably the safest one I have been on, despite its size.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am very pleased with Iowa State University. I was rather intimidated coming onto campus after being so comfortable at a small community college but everyone at Iowa State has made my transition so seamless and I am so thankful for that. I really like my professors and I can clearly tell how passionate they are about their fields. Not only are they teaching me their subject but they also have a career in it. My most memorable experience so far is getting lost in the Gilman Building. My friend and I walked in, attempting to find a classroom for the following week when class would begin and we ended up getting very turned around and lost. Eventually, we stumbled into a faculty member who lead us to an exit. I was quite embarrassed but I certainly know my way around the building now! For prospective students, my best suggestion is just to come to campus and spend some time adventuring. Nobody will be able to tell you aren't an actual student and if you need help getting anywhere, there are plenty of courteous people who will point you in the right direction.

Academics

I think my program is a very well developed program. The Psychology program works really well for incoming freshman or transfer students in the sense that it prepares you for where you are at in college. I came into the university as a junior classification but the psych advisers had been helping me since I began my Associate's at DMACC. They aren't afraid to answer any questions and are more than pleased to help you out so you take the right classes you need to. All my professors are amazing and I am just surprised at the amount of work they put into the classes. I think the workload is just perfect, no class dumps too much pressure on me which is important since stress is not going to help anyone learn. The only thing that could be improved is class size in comparison to the class room. I understand the college is very large and many people attend but some classrooms get a little cramped with so many students in there. I am certainly not saying that is a bad thing, it would just make for the classroom setting to be more relaxed and comfortable if all the rooms were able to accommodate a wide range of students.

College Life

If you are bored at Iowa State you are not looking in the right direction. There are so many clubs and organizations to get involved with. There is always something to do in the Memorial Union and the Student Activities Council is more than willing to find some place for a person to not be bored with. Campus is always alive with people, even during those really cold days, so finding someone to talk to is not very hard. It is never very difficult to find a Help Phone if you need anything and the Help Van number is easily accessible. I feel very safe on campus. There is always something magical about Iowa State athletics, especially our basketball team right now. It's an amazing atmosphere to be a part of and something that every Iowa State student needs to experience. The college usually advertises some sort of activity on the weekends, whether it is the Cyclone Cinema or other organizations meeting on the weekends, there is always something to contribute to at Iowa State University.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

The school has a small town feel, but offers the diversity of a large city. It is a town based on the college so the surrounding area is not the most exciting. However, there are not many distractions that will prohibit you from reaching the potential you wish to achieve.

Academics

Industrial design is an intensive, hands-on program. It is only 3 years old, yet, it is fairly well established. The studios change each semester so you're offered a great variety of options, and it is highly encouraged to cross study with different programs (i.e. engineering, business, appeal, etc). Its a wonderful mixture of creativity and analytical thinking.

College Life

There really isn't much to do off campus as it is a small town. Though, this greatly improves the safety of the surroundings. I have never felt threatened or in fear for my life at any time. As long as you are willing to reach out and try something new. You'll be able to keep entertained.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, I really do like Iowa State. Not only am I getting an excellent education I have a lot of fun just being there. I have met so many people in the short semester i have been there. I feel like I have a million opportunities at school for me to succeed. The thing that I like the most is being able to live so close to home, and still being able to get a degree in something that isn't very common in the midwest.

Academics

Some of my classes are very large, I come from a very small school so anything bigger than about 30 students seems huge to me. I have classes with over 300 people and some with less than 30. I have found my way in both types of classes and I like how they are mixed up like that. Not all small, and not all big. My professors so far have been very good at what they do, I have been apprehensive to get to know them better, only because I am a freshman and slightly intimidated at times. The workload really wasn't too overpowering. Definitely more than I have had to study in high school, but that is to be expected. With all the resources I was able to figure out anything I needed to for my classes.

College Life

The atmosphere at Iowa State is very social, with so many people here its hard to NOT meet anybody. I have joined two clubs, one related to my major, which was very fun and I plan on continuing it next semester. The other club is a dance one, and I met some very good friends through it. As for campus safety I think its great, I never feel unsafe, even at night. I don't really go to athletic events or stay in town on the weekends as my hometown is so close but I do know that there is ALWAYS something going on in Ames.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State University is a great school to attend. It is in the town of Ames which is full of college students and great people. Ames is a college town, so all the families and alumni who live in Ames support Iowa State one hundred percent. The campus is breathtaking, the professors are down to earth and always willing to help, all of the facilities are either new or always being improved upon. The students, faculty, and community of Ames are a family. This University is very big in Engineering so I would suggest to any prospective engineers to really consider Iowa State. Our career services are great and help all students obtain local and national internships with large companies. It's a great school and it definitely feels like a home away from home.

Academics

The professors are there to help whenever needed. Some professors are busier then others so they have students aids which is nice because they have taken the class and can help out a lot. Personally, I like the advisors. They are the ones that really feel like your guide. The workload is what you make of it; you can take the minimum or maximum amount of credits. The class sizes will vary but when you get into higher level classes they tend to decrease in size. My largest class so far has been over two-hundred students. The classes are fun but also stimulating. Students are always being challenged, that's what I enjoy when it comes to classwork. Professors also provide a lot of real world experience into their curriculum.

College Life

Iowa State has a good social scene but not one you will here everyone raving about. Greek community is very big on campus and so are clubs. Most students are either involved in clubs or greek life. Our athletics are top notch, although our football team isn't the greatest, basketball is where we strive. All the athletic teams work very hard and are very academically sound, I believe that we can be great at any sport with the right dedication and determination. During the weekend there is a lot to do. The Memorial Union provides students with free movies on weekends. The town of Ames is crawling with activities like golf courses, bowling allies, movie theaters, restaurants, you name it. For the 21 year olds like myself the bars are very popular and a great place to get to know everyone.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State University is a fantastic school for many majors including all types of engineering and design related majors. While these topics are more highly ranked on a national scale, the other offered majors are also very good in terms of the education that you receive as well as your chances at getting hired right out of college.

Academics

Iowa State University's classes and professors for the most part are all outstanding. The professors go out of their way to make sure you're understanding the content and class sizes are usually much smaller so everyone has a chance to interact with the professor. The workloads tend to be on the heavier side but everything they require is usually necessary for the learning of that topic.

College Life

Iowa State University has a thriving social life throughout it. People are constantly meeting whether to study, socialize, or play intramural sports. On the weekends, the downtown area really becomes alive with students. The campus is for the most part very safe with little to thoughts of danger. The athletics are pretty good with the exception of a few of the teams especially depending on the season.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

What I like most about my school is how welcoming everyone was when I transferred here and how easy it is to get around with the bus system. A memorable experience I had at Iowa State was when I first heard the Campanile at lunch for the first time. I didn't know that someone played it at lunch and it surprised me that they played popular music and it was really cool. A tip I would have for prospective students would be to walk around campus a few times and ride the bus system before school starts so that you know where your going.

Academics

My classes at Iowa State have been really great they are challenging but definitely doable, sometimes the workload gets to be a bit much when you take a lot of classes but that is to be expected. The class sizes are okay depending on what your taking. The lower level classes have more students in them because they are gen-ed's but once you get into 300 level and above the class size is much better. I have really liked my professors they are always willing to help as long as you go to them early and don't wait until the last second.

College Life

The campus feels extremely safe even when it's dark I don't feel worried walking to my car. The athletics at the school are generally pretty good our basketball teams and cross country teams are amazing. There are so many clubs to choose from that there is something for everyone and you can do as few or as many clubs as you want. The social atmosphere is okay it's kind of hard being a transfer student and getting to know people my age because they have all known each other for 2 years now.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The best thing about Iowa State University is that you feel wanted when you apply and are accepted. Unlike other schools I looked at, Iowa State is all about the student experience and actually wants you to choose Iowa State, not making it seem like you are just privileged to merely be accepted. Everyone I have come in contact with at Iowa State is always willing to help and make your experience the best it can be! They want you to succeed in life and give you all the tools possible to do just that. The overall campus atmosphere makes you feel safe, warm and loved as well as has a young vibe of college students who will be fully prepared for their lives in the future.

Academics

The size of classes range from hundreds in huge lecture halls to more specialized small classes of 20 - 50 people. All classes have their place and obviously some professors are better than others, but overall I have learned a lot of material over the few years I've been here and feel like my professors actually teach the material, not just preach it. Some classes I have spent 20 - 30 hours a week on, while others I could skate by doing less, but you do have to be dedicated to your studies to maintain a good GPA: it's not a walk in the park.

College Life

Personally, I am involved in Greek life at Iowa State which is the best experience of my life! It has propelled me into leadership roles, community service activities and even performance-type events while also giving me a nitch on a huge campus. The Greek community helps you establish good connections and make friends that I know will last my entire life. It is very leadership based and focused, which I love, and has committed men and women to academics and life at Iowa State. Also, other clubs on campus seem to flourish as well. I'm also on the Student Alumni Leadership Council and the events we put on are phenomenal. Homecoming alone is an experience everyone should have here at Iowa State. Football games have a huge following and tailgating happens all across campus! Men's basketball has a similar following, and both teams will get fans no matter the weather! Everyone loves their cyclones athletics and that creates an exciting environment and many activities during their seasons. Also, there are some bars around campus where you can hang out and dance, so that scene is pretty decent too. Campus is very safe and most areas are well lit. I am a small women but I have never felt unsafe walking home from the library late at night. Always take caution, but Iowa state has many avenues to ensure the safety of all students.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Being a student at Iowa State, I definitely feel that I have a leg up in the agricultural world. Not only do I have access to top-notch teachers, but I am also exposed to hundreds of different clubs and activities that help me grow as a student and as a person. All of my educational experiences so far have been positive, and I feel that I have learned more than I ever thought I could. It's crazy how fast you can make friends with the people on your floor, in your building, in your major, and all around campus. There's never a moment that I feel lonely or wish I had a friend to hang out with. The food is awesome, and the student life environment is the best!

Academics

The academic environment is very strong, at least within my major. With the exception of a few lectures, my classes are all average-sized. I came from a very small school, so at first, everything seemed gigantic to me. However, I learned that if you sit in the front row, get to know your professor, and go to class every day, the classes aren't near as intimidating as they first seem. The professors are excellent about having office hours you can attend to get help with problems or concepts that you aren't understanding. The workload also is small relative to what I was expecting. Of course, there is more studying than in high school, but if you attend all of your classes and pay attention, this becomes a breeze.

College Life

Of the two clubs, one organization, and one committee I'm a part of, I have no complaints! The meetings are all scheduled well in advance and run effectively. I feel like I've gotten to know several of the people within these clubs and committees, and I love having the opportunity to be involved in things I'm passionate about. The atmosphere of all meetings is formal and yet casual at the same time. While we are expected to wear business professional clothing and act like young professionals for the visiting industry leaders, everyone in attendance is relaxed and friendly, and the information we are given is very useful.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

The school is fun. I personally liked the new student introduction on the first day I was at college. I would advise prospective students to be prepared for intense temperature fluctuations. The weather was brutally hot when school started and when the temperature started to decrease it plummeted to where we had negative true temperatures.

Academics

My school's classes are usually easy but I would recommend that new students try to learn which classes are in a small group setting rather than a huge lecture hall. In the lecture hall you will have a much harder time trying to get the teacher to explain something to you if you do not understand it. There is a recitation for these classes but there is not always enough time to go over everything.

College Life

In my dorm everyone became good friends within the first month of school. There were numerous intermural sports that we participated in together. In addition there were activities around campus that a number of us participated in as well as a dorm sport that we played every Friday.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love how nice and accepting the people are here. If you ever have a question you can ask almost anyone on campus and they will gladly help you. There are a lot of clubs that you can get involved with on campus and meet new people, so take advantage of them! Professors are usually a hit or miss as far as being helpful. Supplemental instruction and making friends in classes has helped me the most with difficult classes. As far as sports, we may not be the best around but we sure do have the most supportive fan base. Go to any game, win or loose and you'll still have a good time with our fans.

Academics

Our core classes are usually lecture halls. They usually consist of 150-250 people depending on the class. English classes and labs are usually smaller, but are taught by TAs and not professors. As you get into the higher level classes there are less students, usually anywhere from 30-50.

College Life

You can usually find something fun to do on any given weekend. Our campus holds free events with anything from bowling, movies, and hypnotists. There are occasionally midnight pancake feeds or other events for special occasions as well. Football and basketball games are also a huge thing here that everyone gets involved with. Weather you buy season tickets or just get together with a group of friends to watch the games on television, they're always a fun time! Being involved in clubs is another great way to find weekend activities. Camp outs, pot luck dinners, and paint balling are just a few of the activities some of the clubs here have done over the weekends.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Personally, I feel that my school is a great place to go. The campus is very beautiful, and it always seems like the school has got something going on, whether it be a career fair, company visit, club event, or more. The Engineering buildings are practically always open when you need them making it really easy to get access to computer labs and meet with friends to study or do work. The dining centers are really nice and have a wide selection of food to eat, as well as, a variety of different areas around campus to choose from. Overall, the school has a great atmosphere.

Academics

The professors that I have had are very helpful and have great availability whenever you need them, and if you can't get a hold of them, then you can always find some sort of help center or supplemental instruction to go to. Whenever you need help for something, there is always somewhere you can go to get it. Tutoring is also very easy to get and cheap. Several minorities also can get tutors for a certain amount of classes for free every semester. Being an engineer, the workload is pretty hefty, but you still have time to do a lot in between studying and class. Classes tend to be fairly big for the more general classes while being smaller the more technical and advanced they are.

College Life

As I said before, the campus is very beautiful. There's art scattered all over with various sculptures. The campus for the most part seems really secure. Nothing really problematic. About the only thing that is somewhat dangerous is going down hills in the winter :P. If you have early classes make sure you walk on the grass and not the sidewalks cause there really icy till there salted over! Going into the organizations and clubs the university has, there are hundreds. Pretty much anything you can think of, there is a club for it.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love this school so far. There are innumerable opportunities for students going into agriculture-related fields. Other programs aren't quite as emphasized at this school, but all of the students that I have met have been incredibly happy with their choice to attend Iowa state. I have had a few fun adventures, including exploring the tunnels under Laverne Lake. Through my volunteer work at the College of Veterinary Medicine, I have had several memorable experiences working with the staff, students, and patients there.

Academics

My 100 level classes are easier than I had expected. Most of the professors are completely dedicated to their line of work, stay on topic, and teach well. The smaller classes make the university feel almost like high school, while the large lecture classes are optimal for learning a lot of information in an easy-to-follow format. I am able to study only three hours a day, and I have gotten incredibly high marks my first semester. The class size really does not affect learning--I am a firm believer that it is what you put into the experience that changes what you get out of the curriculum.

College Life

The social atmosphere is, again, what you make it. It is a college town, with many forms of entertainment, from performing arts theaters to the bars lining Welch Avenue. Within the campus itself, there are countless of events to take advantage of, especially at the Memorial Union, where the university brings in musicians to the M Shop. Personally, my friend group tends to get together on the weekends and have movie nights, with a few off-campus activities such as going to a Renaissance Fair in Des Moines. (Which is another thing--with the campus being somewhat close to a large city, there are endless opportunities for entertainment if you have a car.)


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, I love Iowa State. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and clean. The buildings are compact so there is not too much walking but far enough away to not feel crowded. The library always has good places to relax and study, and it's easy to find an empty class room to work with a group. Computer labs and printers are always available to students. Dining on campus is great; I miss it when I go home! It can be tough to live where you would like on campus, but if you apply early enough there shouldn't be too many problems. You get what you pay for with housing at ISU! It's all livable for sure. One of the best parts about living in Ames is the CYRIDE. It's a free bus for students, the website is accurate. A car is totally unnecessary. State Gym and Lied Rec Center are awesome and so are the 800+ clubs and intramural teams. Bring a bike! Iowa State is a massive school but the atmosphere is personal and by getting into the groups, you can really make it feel manageable!

Academics

There is so much support in the Engineering field! Classes are tough of course, but there is Supplemental Instruction (free group tutoring) up to six times a week, math and science "help rooms" (graduate students to help anyone who comes in with any problem related to the specified subject), student tutors for cheap, and instructors' office hours are extremely beneficial. The classes are large but if you sit up front and attend recitation (classes of about 30 students that review the week's material) the size doesn't matter much.

College Life

ISU police are highly involved with students, and they're pretty humorous too. Student services does a great job supporting students. SAC (Student Activities Center) hosts free recent movies in an auditorium style lecture hall twice a night, 4/7 nights a week, 14/16 weeks a semester. Once a month "Friday After Dark" rolls around, and there is bingo, games, free samples, usually a hypnotist or mentalist, crafts, something fun for everything! Free! There's also buck bowling, hall dances, FallFest, WinterFest, there was a puppy party! So much to do. The nightlife is great too. So great that students from U of I (#1 party school in the nation) come to Ames to have a good time. The "Moonlight Express" bus transports partiers back home safely when it's all over! and we have VEISHEA ... which has been threatened to be banned more than once due to so much awesomeness.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The campus is absolutely beautiful. The people are all really great and nice, and the campus is diverse in activities and people. The campus has a great atmosphere and I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know people, and exploring what all it has to offer.

Academics

Classes are good sizes for the subjects they are in. Professors are caring and helpful, and want to see students succeed, workload is entirely what you build with classes, but you can always create a reasonalbe schedule.

College Life

Again, it is a very diverse and fun campus with hundreds of clubs and activities, lots of safety and travel aid, lots of sports teams, and a diverse city to enjoy. They offer a program one weekend of every month to encourage non alcohol participation in activities as well.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State gives students endless opportunities to get involved and have fun. As a freshman, I've already made so many great memories alongside new friends! The year was off to a great start when the entire class of 2017 took part in Destination Iowa State--a welcoming process where new students learn how the college-life works at ISU and a time where you can meet new people. One of my best friends is one I met through Destination Iowa State! --- I especially like the atmosphere here. Walking across this campus always gives me a sense of happiness, knowing that I get to spend the next 4 years of my life achieving my life goals here. People are so friendly, and I've found that all of my professors are so down to earth and want their students to succeed. I always find things to do, whether it be ISU After Dark, a movie at the MU, going to concerts or athletic events, or getting involved with one of the 700+ clubs here. I wouldn't change my decision to attend ISU for the world! Future college students should definitely consider attending Iowa State University. You can't go wrong with a beautiful campus, great programs of study and professors, and in living in a caring, supportive community like Ames!!

Academics

I am an Instrumental Music Education major, and in completing my first semester here at ISU, I've loved every minute of it. I stay busy with the number of classes I am taking, but I still find myself being able to manage the course load. The professors are more than willing to help students achieve success, and they really find the students where they are. My biggest class in terms of class size has around 100 students. All of my other classes have no more than 25 students, so it's similar to a high school setting! -- Iowa State also offers a number of options for students who find themselves struggling with a difficult class or adjusting to the new pace of college. There is always a way for students to get additional assistance or have any of their questions/concerns answered. -- ISU wants nothing but for students to attain success!

College Life

Iowa State has countless opportunities for students to get involved and have fun. As I mentioned above, there are 700+ clubs to join, and students are even encouraged to start a club of their own! Destination Iowa State, ISU After Dark, movies at the MU, concerts, and athletic events are just a few of the many events students may attend. The atmosphere here is one of positivity, energy, support, and excitement as there is never a dull moment! Individual dorms even take on different activities for the houses where students are encouraged to be social! ---- In addition, the ISU Police Department provides a safe environment on campus, and assures the safety of all students--they communicate with the whole student body through ISU Alerts, emails, and phone calls. As a student, it's important to me to know that I will be informed of any situations that may arise. The college life at ISU is always fun, and it's great to be at a place where other students are here for the same purpose: to reach life-long goals, and be happy doing so!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State is one of the safest, most comfortable universities I have ever been to. Campus is not only beautiful, but full of many students, professors, and other faculty always willing to help facilitate learning. Iowa State provides great care for its students. From the dining experience, to housing, to transportation, they know that safety and quality are key to keeping students happy. When first coming to Iowa State, it came seem like a large school to prospective students. However, campus is centralized and conveniently located. The city in which it is located allows students to feel like they live in a small town - with thousands of other people though!

Academics

Per semester, I have at least one or two large auditorium lectures. These class sizes range from 200 to 500. However, I rather enjoy these classes because the professors have generally become good speakers and adapt the class to a large class size. Although I have large lectures, I have many small size classes. These range from 10 to 100 students. These classes are nice because the professor and students know each other personally. On average, each professor requires at least one homework submission per week. This is not a heavy workload and though it requires time and effort, can be done with time left for outside activities.

College Life

There are hundreds of student organizations on campus. I recommend joining VEISHEA! This is the largest student-run organization in the nation! Iowa State makes it a point to maintain safety on campus. The campus is always lit up and a portion of the buildings are open until midnight or 24/7. Iowa State Student Union Board has monthly activities on the weekend that allow students to engage in safe fun at the Memorial Union. As for athletics, Iowa State maintains a strong sense of pride for its Cyclones.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think Iowa State is a great place for anyone. There are so many students and so many activities that nobody is left out because there is always something to do. The social aspect of the dorms is awesome, and allows you to make so many new friends.

Academics

Iowa State has a mix of lectures and classroom settings for classes. Lectures are only for general classes. The workload is harder than high school and requires a lot of studying, but the workload is certainly attainable.

College Life

The social atmosphere of Iowa State is very lively, and it is very easy to make friends. There are over 800 clubs, which means you can always find something that you would be interested in. Iowa State is a very inclusive place, and no one is left out.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The school is pretty good, with all there is to do from its clubs to classes, there is never a shortage of finding something productive to do. The campus is nice, the various art around its setup so it is pretty easy to get around. Other than that, nothing else really sticks out then the fact that all together it is a pretty nice experience

Academics

My classes feel like they are not too tough but at the same time not too easy. My workload is really reasonable, but once I start getting into the thick of things, I have a feeling that that will change very quickly. My professors are nice and do well at teaching. The class sizes are bigger than what I was used too, but I actually got used to it pretty quickly.

College Life

I can tell there is a lot to do, but I usually keep to myself and I am not that social. They have made it clear through their clubfest and other announcements that there is a lot that you can do to fill your time.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, I really enjoy Iowa State! The people there are all super friendly and the college is beautiful, especially in the warmer months. The programs are fun and the workload (at least for me) isn't too bad. The year starts out with Destination Iowa State for incoming freshman and transfers and it's a great 3 day activity to get to know campus and get the feel for how college will be like.

Academics

The classes and programs I'm currently enrolled in are quite fun and interactive! Many of my apparel classes relate to the work that we'll be doing in our careers which I like. The professors are really passionate about their work and it is communicated through their lecturing. The professors also have hours in which they are able to assist you if needed and most accept emails as well. Class sizes for me range from 60-350. The workload for me has been surprisingly low but I'm mostly in intro classes right now.

College Life

Overall, the people are extremely friendly and kind! It seems like there's always someone holding a door for someone else. A few weeks ago there was a scare on campus about a car chase but the Ames police department had a handle on things and made sure that the campus remained safe through the event. The music department offers concerts nearly daily with all the different music groups represented. I've been able to be a part of the symphony orchestra and the concerts have been challenging, but a lot of fun to put on with some really cool pieces. When not doing academic activities, the MU puts on a lot of different events on the weekends such as speakers, comedians, BINGO, karaoke, and other fun social events. It seems that there's always something fun to do!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am very pleased with choosing Iowa State University and it has so much to offer and I encourage anyone who is planning for college to visit the website and see what it has to offer. The website is very easy to navigate on. Everyone I have had to contact or speak with are more than willing to answer questions and help you. I am currently a freshman in the engineering department. Iowa State University has a history all its own and will continue to do so. Iowa State University has proven itself as in 2013 the number of students has almost doubled. After researching many colleges, I chose Iowa State University for its academic programs and its integrity.

Academics

There are so many programs at Iowa State University and the professors are top-notch and truly care about the students and their academic achievements. Iowa State University has a department all its own to help students with signing up for classes and to balance a student's workload. The university has academic coaches that can also assist students with test anxiety or motivational challenges. Academic coaches also work to connect students with available campus resources and promote healthy approaches to balancing the demands of college, work, family, and play.

College Life

There is so much Iowa State University has to offer when it comes to clubs and organizations and if you visit the website you will find a huge list of them. The clubs and organizations help a student out in more ways then one, such as community service, tutoring, scholarships and grants and the list goes on and on. The campus security goes above and beyond and the campus living areas are entry by key card only. Iowa State University has an alert system that can alert parents by text in the event of something bad that has happened on campus. The social atmosphere at Iowa State University is great and everyone helps everyone else get involved, especially upper class students helping new students. Iowa State University athletics is huge and has athletics for both men and women and they even have their own CyTV for the games to be watched on. The Cyclone club has much to offer.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love Iowa State University. I love how it's such a big university, but yet it's really small at the same time. I see a lot of my friends daily throughout campus. The campus is also the most beautiful campus I've ever been on. I recommend just walking through central campus and admiring it's beauty. My main tip for incoming students would be to stay focused in college, because Iowa State just offers so many things to do it's quite easy to get distracted.

Academics

They have a vast array of programs for you to choose from. They have majors ranging from design orientated to multiple engineering degrees. I would be very surprised if you don't find something here you like to investigate a career in. Some of the classes are too big for me, but you just have to do that when you have such huge numbers of students.

College Life

Ames social atmosphere is amazing. After a huge basketball win, Ames turns into party central. You WILL be able to find somewhere to hang with your friends. They also have a large selection of clubs and organizations for you to join.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State is a great school. There is always something to do in Ames. the university does a lot of activities. I love to go to the free movies on campus every weekend. Chi Alpha is an awesome campus ministry that meets on every Tuesday. .

Academics

I am in Agricultural Engineering. The Professors in my major are all passionate about what they do and it shows in their teaching. The course load can seem heavy at times but is always doable. There are a lot of resources for reviewing and studying. .

College Life

The local atmosphere is great. There is always something to do in Ames. Lifepoint church is an amazing church. The people there are super friendly and are like a big family. The restaurants are good too.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

ISU is in Ames Iowa, where I grew up. Ames has a lot of great places to eat: Hickory Park, Texas Roadhouse, Red Lobster, Dublin Bay, Old Main Brewery, AppleBees, etc.. I was very familiar with the campus layout. Campus is spread out to the point that it can take 20 minutes to walk from one end of campus to the other end. With the great bus system, CyRide, that trip can be 5-10 minutes. Most classes are within a 5-10 minute walk. All four seasons are experienced.

Academics

I've had some excellent professors/teachers, in particular: Hilliard, McDonnell, Hollander, Deam, and Hennings. I had an average course load of 15 credits per semester. Class size can be anywhere from 5-100, on average 30-70. I am a History Major, Political Science Minor, Speech Minor, with teacher certification. The staff is honest and presents realistic expectations for going into the job market after graduation. The Professors are top notch. R1 school.

College Life

Lots of different clubs and traditions. Football, Basketball, and wrestling are huge. History Club goes on road trips and watches movies with professors. The Greek Community is active. Being active in the community opens up the door for scholarships and grants.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think Iowa State is an excellent choice of college for any prospective student. It has that 'home away from home' feel not only on campus but the city of Ames. It is a large school, providing a ton of opportunities and allowing for the chance to meet people from all over the world. At the same time, when you walk around campus, you don't feel overwhelmed by the size but by its beauty. Any chance I get, I walk from class to class but if its a questionable day outside, I can hop on on of the buses and can get just about anywhere. Some of my favorite people I have met here at Iowa State are my professors. I am apart of a smaller major on campus and we have become a small family and our main professor is like our father figure. He will always be someone I contact for help and guidance in the future. As far as living on campus, it's a must. For at least your freshman year, the dorms are an amazing way to meet new people and go down in my book as one of the most memorable times at Iowa State.

Academics

Here at Iowa State, classroom sizes can range from 12 students to 300+ students. The variety of atmospheres always keep you interested in what is going on in your classes. The professors that I have had were all great educators and I never felt as if I couldn't approach them if I had any questions or problems, even in the larger classroom settings. The workload has always been manageable but you will always have to pull some late nights studying or doing projects regardless of how much you try and stay on top of things. It is just part of the college experience I suppose.

College Life

Iowa State has a ton of different clubs and organizations so anyone will be able to find something to meet their interests. I am currently apart of the BPMI club and Biological Sciences Club. On the weekends, you can stop by Welch Ave in campustown for a drink and play some pool or try a variety of wines and spirits at a trendy restaurant. In the fall, Saturdays are always booked with activities for cyclone football tailgating down at Jack Trice stadium. Throughout the week, students are found at odd hours all around Ames competing in intramural sport activities, hoping to win that Intramural Champs t-shirt. Winter and spring are always about cyclone basketball at Hilton Coliseum. Your college career isn't fulfilled until you have attended each of these events. And if you want to be considered a "true Iowa-stater", you must go campaniling, or, get kissed beneath the campanile at midnight on central campus.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Academically, which is the most important aspect when choosing a college, Iowa State University does not disappoint. I have learned so much in just my first semester and my thinking has been challenged in several ways. I mostly enjoy the way that even in big lecture halls, professors are able to make a connection with the students. If you are considering Iowa State, I would strongly recommend this college! The advisers want to help you find the right path, and with hundreds of options for courses of study, you're sure to find something that clicks for you!

Academics

Iowa State has a broad variety of classes to choose from. Whether you are testing the waters of a potential major, or know exactly what you want to study, there are plenty of interesting classes of which to be taken advantage. Depending on the class, you may find yourself in a large lecture hall, or in a small classroom. Either way, the professors are eager to make connections with students and a large lecture hall can feel a lot smaller. The workload can feel heavy at times, but the professors understand what you need to do outside of class in order to understand the material. Time spent studying does not go to waste!

College Life

At Iowa State University, there are hundreds of ways to get involved. Iowa State is a division 1 school when it comes to athletics, but if you still want to be involved, there are intramural sports to get involved in. There are also many clubs according to interests, your course of study, or just new things to try out! You can take a fitness kickboxing class or try yoga at the athletic center. It's easy and safe to get around campus because of CyRide. There's always something to do on or off campus and plenty of ways to get involved.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really enjoy attending Iowa State University. It's really neat to be part of such a large body of students, sharing experiences and school spirit. In addition, even though many lectures of general education courses have hundreds of students, there's still a sense of unity between classmates, and it's helpful to have so many people to study with. There are always lectures and events during the week and on weekends... I'm involved in these less now that I live further from central campus, but when I lived in the dorms, one of my favorite things to do in the weekends was going to watch newly released movies in one of the lecture halls. A very inconvenient thing about living in Ames and on campus is the excellent bus system. If you live far away from campus, buses to campus come through pretty frequently during the school day, and circular routes on campus come every 5-10 minutes. Another great way to get around when you live further from central campus is biking. I would not suggest this if you live in dorms close to the academic buildings, because waht with navigating though people and locking up your bike, you won't really save much time. However, if you live even a few blocks away, bikes can be a huge time saver. I would advise incoming students to learn how to manage time effectively as fast as possible. A lot of classes don't have homework or assignments, so it's easy to blow them off until test time rolls around, and then you're in trouble. In addition, know your professors and lecturers. Ask questions after class and go to office hours so they know who you are and can help you if you're struggling. Some aren't great with this, but if that is the case, there are probably TAs who you can talk to, so don't be afraid to go to them for help.

Academics

In the first couple years, classes tend to be pretty big (300-400 in a lecture) because so many people have to take them. Night exams and recitations run by TAs are more common. As you get more into major classes, however, class sizes can range from 20-100 students. With professor, honestly, it's hit and miss. Some are very effective teachers, who are happy to take time for students and want them to succeed. Others, however, are not very effective teachers, are not willing to take very much time for students outside of class, and have pretty low scoring classes. Of course, sometimes this is necessary in the case of weed-out classes. In these cases, as I mentioned before, TAs and Supplemental Instructors are available to offer assistance. My semesters are usually pretty full (22 credits this semester), so my workload is generally heavy, but it really depends on class loads and the type of class you take. For example, I'm taking a sport sociology class right now, so it's largely discussion based. The tests are mostly over material discussed in class, so there isn't too much to do outside of class besides skim the book and review notes. If you don't attend class, however, the tests will not go well. In contrast, my physics lectures are practically useless, but I spend a lot of time outside of class time studying my book, doing homework problems, and going through practice tests to prepare for exams.

College Life

In my first two years, my social life largely revolved around the activities of my dorm floor. We were always planning activities on the weekends, having competitions, and eating lunch and dinner as a group in the dining centers. As an honors floor, we also attended events held by the honors program. There are still many opportunities to be involved outside of dorms as well. In the second week of classes, all of the clubs on campus have representatives at Clubfest, where students can walk around, see the clubs available to join, find out more about them, and sign up for email lists. There is also involvement through intramural, which are fun to sign up with a group of friends, or even by yourself. One of the completing college experiences, I think, is attending at least one football game. Even when we lose, it's so exciting to be part of the student section, yelling for our team and participating in cheers. I've also heard that basketball games are a lot of fun, but I've never gone to one, simply because none of my friends have ever been interested in that. We did go to a hockey game once, though, and that was pretty exciting as well. One of my favorite experiences at Iowa State was participating with my whole floor in Kaliedoquiz(KQ), a radio contest put on by our campus station. Lasting 26 hours, it's a very intense competition that's pretty hard to describe, but it involves activities anywhere from researching trivia every six minutes, to dressing up as a dog and going through an agility course. Last year I stayed up for 60 hours straight (not a normal thing to do, even for KQ), and my floor won! It was definitely one of the best moments I've had as an ISU student so far.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

ISU is a really awesome university that opens an infinite amount of doors for your future. The campus is beautiful and there is always some way to enjoy it. I love how the school works hard to get those who are in need jobs that are convenient and well paying. The school also has many resources for almost everything. Whether you are looking to stay here, on campus, over the summer of going abroad those specific officies will make it possible for you. They also have offices for academic help including tutoring, major specific guidance, and major/career exploration. No matter what you need help with, the university has an office for you!

Academics

Classes at ISU can sometimes be really large but they can also be cozy classes of 20-30. Coming in as a freshman with few to no credits, the class sizes can be up to 400 people because everyone has to take that class. The work load is no different than a small class but sometimes it feels like you are a million miles from the teacher. To make this easier most big lectures have a weekly recitation that is only 20 people large and the Recitation leader (grad student) helps you by running through class problems and questions as well as test preparation. Although these classes are huge, many classes are small because the class opportunities are so vast. You can take a 15 person class on lichens with one of the best professors on campus. The way it is taught is so different that you are learning more than plant biology. The classes, professors, and workloads are extremely vast at ISU Each semester will be different, in a good way!

College Life

ISU is HUGE! Having 30,000 students is a big college. There is always someone new to meet and something new to experience. The social atmostphere is very lively, people are always on the move to go to a club, a job, or an activity. There are clubs based on academic such as the Biological sciences club and Kinesiology club and there are also clubs based on personal interest like the volleyball club, the fly fishing club, and the cross country skiing club. Ask seen, the diversity is endless. Your weekend can be anything you want it to be. There are football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, and basketball games. There is a great nightlife with plenty to do on campus like ISU After Dark that has bowling, and arcade games and there is the Thursday through Sunday movie showing. The restaurants just off campus are even open until 4am! Then there is my personal favorite, nap time! School can be exhausting, have fun but get some sleep when you can!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love Iowa State University and couldn't imagine my college experience any where else. Iowa State feels like home to me. We have a beautiful campus that is close together and easy to get around from class to class. That is something that is very important when Iowa's cold winter comes around. The most memorable experience I have had at Iowa State University is tailgating before the football games. It makes me so happy to see everyone so supportive of our Cyclones, regardless to our record. So if you have the chance to go to an athletic game, don't pass it up, it will be worth it.

Academics

My classes at Iowa State University are enjoyable. They have enough people in them to meet new people in each class, but they are also not overwhelmingly large. Large class sizes can be very intimidating. When classes are larger, professors usually still do a great job at doing group work and moving around the entire room to give every student the benefit of having the teacher near you during lecture. The work load is average. Most classes give out the same amount of work. Usually this includes reading your textbook and occasional homework.

College Life

There are so many things to do at Iowa State University. There are a lot of clubs that you can join, and if they don't have a club that you want then you can create one. It is really easy to make friends with so many things going on. Athletics is very popular and another way to meet new people. Everyone loves going out and supporting the Cyclones. Iowa State has really impressed me with the options that they give students on the weekends. One example is ISU After Dark. They offer a movie, bowling, food, speakers, activities, and more. This is a great thing to offer for students that are not old enough or people that do not enjoy going to the bars on the weekends.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall the school is a great place to go to. On a campus which is fairly large in size and student population, you don't feel like a number. There are many different dorm options and dinning centers which spread out the students fairly evenly throughout the campus and nothing feels congested. Speaking of dinning centers, the food is a little expensive per meal compared to other schools, but it is surprisingly good.

Academics

Last semester I took a history class as an elective and I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. The professor, Kathleen Hilliard, was very engaging during lecture and kept a subject most people think of as boring very lively. Her tests were fair and rewarded those who put in effort, but she didn't have unfair expectations. I can honestly say I haven't had a bad teacher yet and I look forward to next year.

College Life

Between Veishea, all of the student organizations on campus, intramural sports, and church I have been quite busy this year. Nearby campus there are many restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat when you want something different than the standard dinning center food.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall what I think I like best about the school is the atmosphere. It is a great atmosphere to learn and grow in. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, the professors are great, and the campus is beautiful! I have close friends that attend here and I have plenty of memorable experiences and I am excited to keep making them. I would advise prospective students to really make the most of it all and to enjoy it because it goes fast!

Academics

I think overall my workload and classes at my school have been enough for me to handle. My advisor and professors are always very willing to work with me and to help me if I do feel overwhelmed. Class sizes vary but I enjoy the variety of them and again chose the ones that work for me.

College Life

I feel fairly safe on campus at night and the atmosphere is good. The campus is beautiful and full of good studying spots. The weekend activities are always a good time and there is plenty to do on and off campus. Ames is a great town with a lot of social attractions.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, Iowa State University is just like my second family. The campus is really friendly and safe. I never worry about walking after dark to my dorm or any activities. The campus is really easy to get around. Everything is within walking distance of the dorms. One of the things I worried about was getting to know my way around, because I am horrible at directions! But this campus is easy to find your way around. Some of my memorable experiences would be attending the home football games this fall. My family bought season tickets so they came up to every home game, which really helped me adjust my first semester. One piece of advice I would give prospective students is to visit the campus, it will help you find your way around. Also get familiar with the bus system. There will be days when you will want to ride the bus, if its raining or cold out.

Academics

Iowa State offers a variety of classes and programs for every student. My professors are very nice and helpful. My current workload is 15 credit hours, which is just about right for a freshman. The class sizes vary. Some of the basic classes are larger with maybe 50-60 in a lecture hall. The classes that are more specific to my degree tend to be smaller.

College Life

The social atmosphere at Iowa State is great! The campus is very safe. There are so many different clubs and organizations you can become involved in. I am currently in the Softball Club. It is really a lot fun, not only do I get to play softball but I have met many new friends through this activity. I also volunteered to help with VEISHA this year. This was a rewarding experience for me. I assisted with serving food and the parade. I made a lot of new memories which I will never forget. There are always activities going on at the Rec Center, if you are interested in playing volleyball, basketball etc. Weekend activities are almost as busy as during the week. They have campus movies you can go watch for free. I have been so busy this year, I can't believe how fast my first year of college has went! Can't wait for next year!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I have had a good experience so far at Iowa State University. Since I am only a freshman, living in the dorms, I have really enjoyed meeting new people. I also enjoy going to the recreational facilities. I have a brother that goes here so it just feels like home here. Everybody is really nice and I'm glad I will be spending at least four years of my life here.

Academics

So far, most of the professors I've had have been really nice, and outgoing. There are a couple instances where I did not like my professors, but the good heavily outweigh the bad here. What is tough at big university are the class sizes. You don't really get a lot of one on one time with the professors, but what is nice is that they always respond to your e-mails and you can visit them during office hours if you have any questions.

College Life

Even though I'm in the farthest dorms away from campus, there is still so much to do on the weekends, and even during the week. There are an endless amount of clubs and organizations here at Iowa State. Almost anything you can think of there is a club for. There are clubs you can volunteer for (which help on your resumé). Athletics are always fun to attend. The student sections are always filled, and our teams always seem to do well at home.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love Iowa State University. Faculty, students and the Ames community are extremely friendly and and made my current first year a wonderful experience. I have been very blessed to have made and grown close to new friends, tried things I've never done before, and open my eyes to new perspectives. The college provides an ideal balance between studies and having fun; it is not a "party school" but also has a large amount of activities to give relief from school work. My advice for new students: choose a school that feels right. You have to be able to see yourself living, studying, and having fun there. A very important, but sometimes very difficult, thing to remember is to not choose a school for the social aspect. College can easily turn into an expensive social activity. Base your choice on what field you want to enter, and if the college has a good program for that field.

Academics

Iowa State's strong programs include Agriculture, Engineering, and Design. However every program successfully prepares its students for their future careers. Classes vary in size. It is a public university, so general 101-like classes are very large (usually 200-300 students). These often can be the most difficult classes because many students feel disconnected from the professor. Professors at Iowa State make themselves very available, however, and provide different ways to communicate with them. Visiting them during their office hours to ask questions helps students understand the material better, and feel not like "just a number". They want all students to succeed. Other classes, like various English courses, are small in size (about 20-30). The workload for classes also vary, depending on the class. Some require only studying for tests, others like math and science have daily homework and labs, while design students constantly are spending time in the studio working on projects. Overall though the workload is very manageable, and A's are extremely possibly to obtain. Time management is the key; do not put off studying, and do not make a habit of skipping class. Tutors are also easily available to students.

College Life

I believe this what makes Iowa State special. Iowa State has over 100 student ran clubs and organizations, so basically anything interested is represented. There are purely recreational groups that meet for fun, and others that aim to make a difference in the university and even the world. Social events and campus-wide activities are constantly occurring. Concerts, comedians, and club sponsored events are just some to mention. Every Thursday-Sunday night free movies are played in a lecture hall. This is a popular attraction because students pick the films, a few recents include: Skyfall, The Hobbit, Django, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty. Students also utilize the large amount of green space Iowa State offers by playing pick up ultimate frisbee games, capture the flag, picnics, playing in the snow, taking pictures, etc. Iowa State has two high quality workout facilities available to students that are heavily used. Many For those over 21, the bars are also a popular weekend attraction. Athletics are another important social and school event. People love to cheer the Cyclones in all varieties of competition.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I think Iowa State University is a really great school, I am very happy with my decision to come here. I am in the College of Human Sciences and they have great clubs and organizations to keep you on track, they take you step by step through your education. I was intimidated when I was looking at going to Iowa State because everyone said it is so big, but really after the first week and you become familiar with the campus it doesn't seem that big at all. The athletic events and other activities that the Iowa State leaders put together are so much fun and really help you meet people.

Academics

The school work for my classes at Iowa State are very rigorous and keep me busy. When everyone tells you that college is hard work, they are not kidding. That's okay though because this is why you are going to college, to get an education and earn a degree so it is definitely worth it!

College Life

At first when you get to college it can seem scary because you don't know that many people, but everyone feels that way and you are not alone. It gets better and it is okay if you spend the first night or two by yourself just getting settled. Just make sure that you don't make a habit of it, talk to people, join clubs that you are interested in and get to know people in your classes. Your classmates are going to be your best choice for friends because if you are taking the same class you most likely have similar interests and can help each other with your homework.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State is amazing! The school atmosphere is great, they offer a great variety of majors to fit your wants in college all with fairly high placement. Iowa State University is a great school to attend

Academics

Class sizes range from class to class. Larger gen ed classes are always in larger lecture halls where as your major specific classes will be down around 20 students per teacher. The instructors are good for the most part, if you can't find one you like, you can always switch sections of the class.

College Life

Iowa State has great athletics. The night scene is fairly solid for those of age. Underage students are offered campus activities held weekly at the Memorial Union. Campus safety has never been an issue while I've been here, its never brought up any concern to think twice about be here at Iowa State.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love Iowa State University! There are so many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities and run for an office! I have especially appreciate their Honors Program. The campus is very beautiful, and the professors are great and willing to get to know you.

Academics

I highly recommend Iowa State University's Honors Program. I love it and all of the opportunities that I have been given through the Honors Program! The most rewarding experience that I have had at Iowa State University was co-teaching a section of the Freshman Honors Seminar to 12 Freshman Honors students!

College Life

There are MANY opportunities to become involved in clubs and organizations. Becoming a co-president of an organization during my sophomore year has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think Iowa State University is a great all around school. It has lots of resources that allow every student to find and execute their passions. The best feature of this school is the campus because it makes a suburban kid feel at home. The people at ISU are very friendly and many of them are intelligent too. These qualities make for a great learning environment and make it easy to surround oneself with good friends.

Academics

The 100 and 200 level courses are designed to weed people out of the University. This helps to create a standard for ISU graduates, however, this also makes the coursework quite hard. There are lots of places were one can find help to survive the first wave of classes. Many students can do very well with the help of the upperclassmen and review sessions. The professors at ISU are very engaging and are much more focused on the students rather than research. This is a very unique quality for a large University, most big schools have issues with the professors main purposes. When I receive my degree there is no doubt in my mind I will be prepared for the work force.

College Life

If you want to party, you can party. If you want to be an active member in many organizations, you can. If you want to be humble in your dorm, you can. That is the beauty of ISU, there is a place for everyone. I enjoy a specific club here at ISU, Society of Automotive Engineers. I only need to join one club because it is the perfect fit for me. I believe lots of other people will find this true also. There are so many clubs on campus it is extremely hard not to find something one is interested in and if one can't ISU encourages students to create one's own club. Inter-murals are very fun at ISU because of their wildly recognized championship T-shirts. Many people in the inter-murals play for fun, but if you are competitive there is a prize waiting at the end. All in all, the social aspect of ISU is amazing.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

If given the choice to choose a different college, my choice would be the same. I love Iowa State University! The sporting events are by far my favorite part of Iowa State. The atmosphere is amazing! Thousands of students all united for one common goal: defeat our opponent. The music, cheers, dancing, costumes, and people are all crazy, wild, and energetic. You can literally taste the excitement in the air. Since I am only a freshmen I have yet to have any outrageously memorable moments but I have made countless friends and had some awesome moments with them! Tips for any prospective students for Iowa State would be to be open to any new experiences and enjoy your time while here. There are so many activities to get involved in and almost any can find their niche.

Academics

Iowa State offers hundreds of classes to choose from and all our fairly small sized. Excluding the general education classes most people take their freshmen year, all the classes are no bigger than 50 students per room. The lecture halls can fit up to 500 students, but I urge you that they are not that intimidating and learning in them is just as easy as in small class rooms. All the professors have office hours in which you can visit with them if there is a problem or if you need help. Everyone, the professors, students, and faculty, is extremely helpful and is willing to assist you in any way. I will admit the first couple weeks were pretty difficult. I was not used to the workload and it was stressful. But the good news it that is gets easier as the semester goes on. While I still have more homework than I ever did in high school, I still manage to make my good grades and have time to hang with my friends.

College Life

The campus is a great place to meet new people from different backgrounds. One of the perks of Iowa State is that it is one the best agricultural universities in the nation and is internationally known for its engineering providing for a wide range of cultural diversity. Just while walking around campus you could hear people speaking Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Indian, or some language you don't know. Iowa State also has over 800 clubs. There's everything! From sports clubs to religious clubs, political clubs, multicultural clubs, and anything else you could imagine. You name it, they got it. I myself am involved in several clubs already and they have helped me make new friends. The good thing about Iowa State is that there is never a dull moment. Along with club meetings and events, there are always large social events the college puts on. For instance there is ISU at Dark in which the campus opens up game rooms and provides food for anyone who wants to come. There are also free movies that play on weekends, dances, and major-related parties. The safety on campus is fantastic. On central campus there are emergency telephones placed every twenty yards or so, open 24/7. There are also automatic security locks on all the dorms that require a key to open it (keys are only made available to the residents of that dorm), and locks on elevators and staircases in some dorms. The other good thing it that there are always people out and about no matter what time it is so that can be comforting to know, too. Overall, Iowa State University, in my opinion, is the best university out there and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to be apart of it. I am truly enjoying my adventure at Iowa State.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am so happy that I ended up a Cyclone. Some of the best times I've had at Iowa State were at various sporting events, or VEISHEA. Living in the dorms provided a great way to meet a lot of awesome people my freshman year, but it's nothing like getting involved in clubs and activities that interest you. I'm involved in four clubs on campus, and the people I've met in those clubs have turned out to be my best friends. Find something you're passionate about and then get a group of people together that are passionate about the same thing. The experiences you'll have will be fantastic!

Academics

Speaking as a Mechanical Engineer, the workload is definitely large and the classes are usually difficult. Classes vary a lot from major to major, but Iowa State has fairly small class sizes, especially after your freshman year. Professors here are generally helpful, although it is quite obvious that Iowa State is a research institution and not just a school. Advisors and other faculty members are very helpful, and if you're struggling in a class there are a hundred different tools on campus to help you succeed.

College Life

Once you're a Cyclone, you're a Cyclone for the rest of your life. I know alumni that retired to Ames, so that they can be here to enjoy the sports and get involved at the university. Students get really into athletic events, especially football games. There is a huge rivalry between Iowa State and University of Iowa. In Iowa, that football game is a bigger event than the Super Bowl. Ames is a really safe place, I've never had any kind of trouble walking around, either on campus or downtown. The only downside is that Ames is a pretty small city, with more than half of it's population made up of students. There are hundreds of clubs on campus, that range from Quidditch to honors societies to clubs to legalize marijuana.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think Iowa State is a great school overall. The campus is very beautiful, and it's really nice to look at while you're walking to class. Also, the dining centers are spaced very well throughout campus, so it's never a terribly far walk away from where you are. Just the spacing of the campus in general is very good.

Academics

The introductory classes are very large, with up to 250 students per class, but as you get into more advanced classes, the class size decreases. I'm only in my second semester here, but my biggest class has about 100 students, and the majority of my classes have about 40 to 50 students.

College Life

ISU has a ton of stuff to do on the weekends. You can watch movies at Carver, you can bowl at the Memorial Union, or you can eat at one of the many restaurants or shops on campus. You can grab a burrito at The Flying Burrito or Mr. Burrito, you can get a Superdog from a vendor on Welch Avenue, or you can grab incredible pizza from Jeff's Pizza. Regardless, you're going to have a good time on the weekends at ISU.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I actually started out my first semester of college at Mizzou. I am from Des Moines and decided Mizzou just wasn't for me. I came to ISU to tour the campus and check out my options. My tour guide sang and danced some of the songs from ISU athletic events for us while some of the marching band played by the Campanile. It was that moment that I knew Iowa State University was the right fit for me. The Cyclone spirit and community aspect around campus was unbelievable and I just love it! Iowa State has so many clubs, events, and academic programs to offer that it's hard to not find something you love! I would encourage and prospective students to be confident in who they are and find a place that they truly love. Even if a school has a great program for what you want to do, if you don't absolutely love the campus life, you may not have a great experience in your college years. Finding a place where you feel comfortable is really important. The more comfortable you feel the more likely you are to meet more people and enjoy your time. No matter where you go, just make sure you aren't afraid of putting yourself out there, because that's when memories are made.

Academics

I am currently enrolled as a pre-journalism major through the Greenlee School of Journalism. The professors and classes are phenomenal. All of my professors have strong professional backgrounds and they truly bring that experience to the classroom and share stories and ideas from the "real world." The professors are always there to help you if you have any questions or hesitations about your career path. I am in some larger lecture classes now, but as I move farther in my program of study, class size decreases. However, even in the larger lectures, we still have great discussion and it's easy to voice your opinion as you wish. Plus, you get to meet a lot of people who have some of the same career aspirations as you and you can make connections through that!

College Life

Iowa State University has numerous clubs and organizations for all sorts of things. From volunteering to greek life, intramural sports and even a hula hoop club, there are so many options for anything you could possibly be interested in. If you keep your eye out for flyers, you can find lots of events, like movies, concerts, karaoke, etc., around campus that you can attend as well. Those are always fun and is a great social atmosphere to meet new people too! There are even activities in your dorm or dorm floor sometimes, as that becomes your own community in itself. Attend any athletic event you can, because ISU is awesome and the athletic events really give you an idea of how special the spirit is on campus and around the community. GO CYCLONES!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

It is a great, research-oriented school to learn a lot and have fun! Look at all the programs before arriving. I loved the shared activities and clubs, and the beautiful campus was my favorite. It is such a lovely place.

Academics

It has professors that care, not huge classes, and hard work but not too much. The early classes you take might be large, but as you specialize they all tend to be pretty small. They also try to weed you out of a program at first, but it gets easier as you go on--so if you love what you're studying stick with it!

College Life

So many things to do, both on and off campus! I have always felt safe, and I have had so much fun trying out all the different activities and clubs. There are also coffee shops and bars and some good ethnic restaurants.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

My experience attending Iowa State University has been positive. Right from the beginning I knew that Iowa State was going to be the place for me. Both the teachers and students are positive and inspiring. The curriculum is challenging and work load often heavy. However, the result of such strain is amazing. My work has never been better and my outlook on life, never more positive. Beyond the classroom, Iowa State campus is a sight to behold. Not only are the buildings enjoyably unique and visually marveling, but the campus landscape/setting is incredible beautiful. Iowa State works year-round to maintain and provide the best looking campus grounds possible.

Academics

Before attending Iowa state university, I had attended a community college. While my experience of community college was pleasant, It lacked a certain something. Academically speaking, even a community college wasn't challenging enough for my needs. Right away, Iowa State began to academically challenge me. The teachers and programs pushed me to be the best I could be in my program. Many of the classes are intense and the teachers demanding. However, the results are worth every bit of it. One thing that I really love about classes at Iowa State is the class size. The class sizes for my particular field of study (graphic design) are around twenty people. This allows for the teachers to be personally involved with each individual's work. Additionally, as students, it is much easier to interact and get to know each other on a much more personal level than a large class room would provide. I believe that this is a key reason for my success thus far. I am proud of Iowa States Academic system and I am excited to pursue it to the end.

College Life

For the two years that I have been attending Iowa State, I have become gradually more involved with out of class activities. Before attending Iowa State first semester, I chose a less taken path for housing. Rather than staying in the dorms my first year, as common practice, I chose to live in an apartment off campus. This choice may have hindered me from participating in some campus activities, however, did not stop me from enjoying actives outside of school. Not only have I been able to participate in campus lead activities, but I have also chosen to be involved with several clubs on campus. During the semester I work as staff for a campus magazine called Trend. Additionally, I regularly attend meetings for the Graphic Design Student Association. This semester I will be vice president of the club and excited for what is to come. Beyond the realm of on campus activities, I attend church and work during the weekends.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State University is a fantastic place to go to school! The campus is beautiful, there's a club for everything imaginable, and there's always something fun to do! Campus life is fantastic! The whole university feels like one big family! There are many housing options available and the accommodations are always great. Make sure you are ready for anything and jump right as I'm sure you will soon be proud to be a Cyclone!

Academics

As a Civil Engineer, I am taking a rather heavy credit load. Heavy it may be, but it is still manageable with the help of academic resources and friendly professors. The professors are always willing to answer questions during their office hours and just in emails as well. The university makes available many different review and extra teaching resources to help really cement what you've covered in class. Even if you take a tough workload, there is always help available, whether from a professor, a teaching assistant, or just a neighbor in class.

College Life

The Cyclones have been the pride of the state of Iowa for quite some time. Even when many portions of the athletic department struggled, they still had a huge crowd of followers and constant support from the student body. Now, with some renewed pride in their teams, students flock to all sporting events, cheering on their classmates. It's one big family and everyone always has a good time. They even do it safely, helping each other over the wall when storming the field and walking to and from games in large groups. Friends spend weekends together at these games and just hanging out. There is always someone to talk to, whether they live in your hall, you are in a club with them, or you just share a few classes. There is always something to do and always someone to talk to.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I visited many schools throughout the summer before my senior year, but none of them had the feeling that I got when I went to Iowa State. This school was our last stop for college visits, and when I stepped onto the campus, I knew right then and there that this was where I was going to go to school. The atmosphere is inviting and friendly, everyone I talked to was polite and open. Being a student, I know that I have many staff members there to help me at any time. They are always available and helpful to whatever I may need. Iowa State gives you the feeling of being a part of something special and unique!

Academics

I am starting off my freshman year with more credits than most, but because of helpful professors and a spaced out schedule that my academic advisor helped me with, I know that the workload will not be as hard as it seems. Half of my classes have a large class size since they are common freshman classes, but the professors I have have given me great tips on how to be successful in a large class. The class variety is also great, I am taking all the required courses I need to take this semester, plus a couple extra that seemed interesting to me!

College Life

When going to orientation, the representatives there were very helpful and welcoming. No matter who I passed, I was always greeted with a smile and a 'Hello!'. There are so many clubs available that I don't know how I'll be able to choose which ones I like the most! They really do have something for everyone. There are also a lot of fun organizations as well, like greek life. I met one on one with the head of campus security, and I know I will have no problem feeling safe on campus. I received good tips on being safe on and around campus, as well as phone numbers to every emergency service on campus.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I had a rough start to the college because of my roommate situation; but I like the college. I like the size of the campus, how they have bands go to the Memorial Union every once and awhile. The bus system is easy to use but not a necessity when getting around campus. People will help you if you're lost and even though it's a big college the professors; if you take the time to ask them questions, will and want to help you learn the material.

Academics

My classes were hard work and coming from a community college I wasn't expecting the classwork to be as much as it was. I've always been a full time student but the brain power needed and the amount of studying needed was a lot more than I was use to. My lectures were exactly what expected; giant lecture hall with tons of students. Professors and TA's were on the same track with material and both could easily explain the material given or that was in question.

College Life

The social atmosphere at Iowa State was something I didn't get much in to my first semester, but I know that we have a lot of places downtown that most students spend there time every weekend there. Athletics were a huge thing for us; it seemed everyone had school spirit even if it were for the rivals of the Iowa State Cyclones. I saw campus security out every weekend, and I never felt like I was at risk walking on campus at night.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love this school. Everyone, ranging from the students to the faculty to the surround community, are extremely kind. There is a tremendous balance of academics and social life. I really feel I am getting my money's worth from this institution.

Academics

Underclassmen's classes can get a little large, but the professors are still willing to work with student individually if necessary. Upperclassmen classes are smaller and are very group oriented. Iowa State strongly recommends internships and I felt very prepared for my internship through the classwork and types of learning styles I encountered. I like my professors and I find myself going to their offices often, both for school work and just to talk.

College Life

There is so much to do on campus, whether you like to drink or not, enjoy athletics or arts. Iowa State hosts some excellent social events, including on-campus movie nights and what they call "After Dark". There is also great bars on Campustown if you enjoy drinking. Sporting events are great if you like to show off your school spirit. There is a club/organizations on campus for about any interest out there.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The school has a really homey feeling! When you are on campus it feels small but big at the same time. There is tons of stuff to do and everything you could need there. Yet it still feels like a small town!

Academics

It has a good sized workload. Hard, but engineering should be. The teachers are great! Class size is usually pretty good, though some classes are larger than I would like. It has tons of classes and programs to choose from!

College Life

There are so many clubs and activities at ISU! There is always something to do and everyone is friendly! The school keeps it very safe. I never feel like I am in any danger on campus. There is plunty of light and people around all time!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I really like going to ISU the campus is AMAZING! There is pretty much a variety of anything you could look for or need in a school. I also like how the whole town of Ames is connected to ISU and it's not like town and university are disjointed.

Academics

One thing that ISU is lacking would be good professors. A good deal of them are not helpful and also don't speak good English. The class sizes depends on the major and type of class you are taking. Another bad thing is they way it's decided who registers for classes and when.

College Life

There is a very active social life at ISU, from sports events, parties, balls, and to night at the MU. There is definitely something always going on if you wanna go out and have some fun. The best part of campus life would be during the week of VEISHEA.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

This is a wonderful school with a great faculty and staff. I love the beauty of the campus and the activities that are provided for the students. Prospective students need to be aware not only of the school atmosphere but the cities atmosphere and Ames is perfect.

Academics

There are tons of different programs offered at this university, not all will land you a job after graduation, but they give the students options. The professors vary from fairly useless to greatest inspiration ever. The workload also varies, some professors like to load you up with useless busywork while other classes don't have enough homework (yes that possible). As you progress through each major the classes get smaller and smaller with few exceptions. Intro classes are likely to have hundreds of students while 400 level classes may only have 25

College Life

There is an are in Ames called Campustown that offers great night-life for students of age. They have great specials for students and Greeks and Seniors which helps to keep the cost of the weekends down. For those who prefer to stay away from bars, or aren't quite old enough, the campus sponsors activities on campus and around the community for students, usually free of charge, such as movie screenings and ice skating. There are over 300 clubs and its a great way to get to know people and gain leadership skills and positions. There is a large Greek community, tons of athletics as well as club sports.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really enjoy the outside environment it is always gorgeous on campus. I love all of the great activities i can beam involved in and experiences i have had threw theses activities. Most of my classes are great for my majors.

Academics

The classes are great, at times the large lectures can be overwhelming and make people become worried and scared. Th professors are very enduring and some actually care a bout your success in life and what to help you.

College Life

I love the student life including athletic events and being involved in greek life! Being involved in the greek community has had a huge impact on my life and my experiences that i have had so far at college.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State is really a hidden gem. It's not ivy league and it's not a big state school either. It's a relatively small school, but I am amazed every day at the endless opportunities offered. There's something for everyone. It's a beautiful campus. We're a really great school for both ag and engineering. There's also really great school spirit and a strong sense of community. Or, if that's not for you, it's also big enough to "get lost in the crowd." You can make Iowa State whatever you're looking for. The only thing it lacks, in my opinion, is diversity.

Academics

So far my experiences have been pretty positive. I've had a "bad" professor or two... and I've heard and have had experience with the math department, which doesn't have the greatest reputation. But other than that, the academics are really great. You can find a class that will cover just about any topic.Class sizes cover a pretty big range. If small is what you want though, you can definitely find it.

College Life

I like to get a 4.0. So I don't have much of a social life. But there's lots of opportunities and lots of social events. There are lots of parties, but there are always events that are either put on by an ISU entity or a local church that don't include alcohol. Campus is very safe. I've never felt threatened at night. Although I've never walked home at 3 am drunk, either. There's a zillion clubs and organizations to join, if you have time/interest. As far as athletics, football, basketball, and wrestling are pretty big ones.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The campus is absolutely gorgeous! The weather during 3 seasons is beautiful and much of the student body will enjoy every possible moment outside; napping in the grass, studying on one of the very conveniently placed benches, or even an entire class may move outside. The professors are very accessible and encourage questions and visits from the students. The Cyride buses are easy to ride and although it is not difficult to walk around campus, you have the option of hopping on a bus to get anywhere. There are so many computer labs and public computers that you do not have to haul your own around campus unless you absolutely want to. You can even borrow a laptop for free. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, if you have a need or a problem, there is someone to help you.

Academics

My first semester here is over half-way through. My classes were all centrally located within a 5 minute walk of each other, or less. Most are in lecture halls, but the professors make a point of sticking around for a while after class for questions, and welcome questions at any point of the lecture. The professors are all very well-known in their fields and scholarly without being geekish! Many have even written the textbooks used in their classes. My largest class has 300 students, the smallest 30 students. All students are required to take a 1 credit library course before you can graduate, so be sure to sign up for it in your first or second semester. It will be helpful in the long run. I am taking 16 credits and it is manageable, just set aside time for reading and studying every day.

College Life

Since I am a non-traditional student, I am not involved with much of the social life and weekend activities. The student body is very active though, every day there is a group of two just within the central campus area with tables, booths, activities, or promoting their club. The Memorial Union has something going on all the time, speakers, club meetings, activities, political meetings, cultural events, you-name-it, so everyone has many opportunities to get involved. I highly recommend attending the Clubfest and the Social Service Fair in the fall, you will definitely find ways to connect with others, make friends, and have fun!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

Pursuing a career in the health sciences field in Dietetics is my passion. I have been interested in health and physical fitness for years. After much research into the career opportunities in the Dietetics field, I chose to enroll at Iowa State University. ISU has an excellent Dietetics program. I have almost completed my first year at ISU and definitely made the right choice. Iowa State encouraged me to become a part of a learning community. I live in a dorm with other students that are enrolled in majors and we share many of the same interests. I believe the learning community has been a tremendous help in making the transition from an extremely small high school to a larger university go as smoothly as possible.

Academics

I would recommend any incoming freshman to sign up in a learning community, if possible. I have found it to be very beneficial. I also have an excellent academic counselor who has been a wonderful resource and immensely helpful in guiding me. In addition, I take advantage of the study groups that are offered for many of my science classes. I graduated high school in a class of 12 students, so the class size of sometimes 200 or more is definitely a change - intimidating at first, but it doesn't take long to get acclimated.

College Life

Iowa State University has a beautiful campus. My favorite spot on campus is the new recreation center that opened this spring. When I am not studying, sleeping or eating that is where I spend my free time. Because I do spend most of my time studying, I am not involved as much as I would like to be in the clubs or organizations on campus. However, whatever the interest, I am sure there is a club or organization available. So far, so good, and at this point, I would give Iowa State University two thumbs up!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

ISU is an amazing school to learn and have a good time at college. My favorite thing about Iowa State is that it really isn't too big and it isn't too small either, it is the perfect fit for any student who isn't looking to go big or small.

Academics

The programs at Iowa State are very helpful to help me achieve my intended goals. I am put to the test with a lot of studying and projects but it all pays off when I get a good grade in that class. Classes start off big but become smaller as I pick my major.

College Life

Let's just say you will never get bored at Iowa State University! From clubs to going to football games over the weekend, you will never get bored in Ames. Different restaurants surround the campus! Iowa State has an amazing social atmosphere for anyone to meet many new and interesting friends.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State is a great school with plenty of options. It has great professors as well as student life. The on campus housing is nice, and there is also plenty of nice places to live off campus. Financial aid is good, and there are plenty of scholarship opportunities.

Academics

Classes can be big but they are brought down to size by using teaching assistants. The workload at times can be overbearing but there are plenty of help rooms, tutors and classmates to go to for help. Professors are great. There is a wide variety of programs offered and there are many classes to choose from.

College Life

The campus life is great as well as the student life. There are many clubs and organizations tot get involved with. Sports are fun to watch, and there are many inter mural sports as well. Weekend activities have some partying going on, but there are plenty of other things to do around in Ames as well.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State University offers a highly rigorous academic experience and many great networking opportunities. The professors care about the students and are very knowledgeable about the subject. The professors have a passion to teach. The opportunities Iowa State University offers are numerous. Enjoy your adventure at Iowa State.

Academics

The large lecture classes are full: ranging from 250-420. Many people think that these large classes provide an impersonal experience. This is not true. Dedicated and interactive students make time to know their professor and soon the professor begins to know you. The academic rigor is high and the professors are very intelligent. Workload obviously depends on how many credits you are taking. Labs take up more time than I expected but they provide valuable hands on learning.

College Life

The social atmosphere is reflected in the hundreds of clubs and organizations here on campus. If you can imagine an activity, there is probably other people on this campus that enjoys the same for example sport or movie genre or craft or activity. Ames is a safe town and the capmus is safe. Many emergency measures are taken to ensure the safety of the students.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I absolutely love this school. The campus alone is gorgeous, and the buildings and art around campus just add to the beauty. Homecoming and VEISHEA are by far some of the best celebrations around! A tip for prospective students: Don't freak out about how big campus seems. Once being on campus for a week or so, you realize that it's not as big and intimidating as you thought.

Academics

The gen eds seem pointless, but after a year or so, you start to realize how they all fit into whatever you're majoring in. The work is hard, but worth it. The professors are always willing to help either by e-mail, in person, or even phone. Professors and advisors suggest studying a certain number of hours a week per class and I didn't believe them my first semester here and now I stick to those guidelines. The difference in my grades is amazing. Also, the fact that we have Supplemental Instruction classes for some of the harder courses is really nice too because that way you make sure that you are understanding the information before it's too late to try and fix your grade.

College Life

There are over 200 clubs on campus, which means that there is room here for everybody! No matter what activities you enjoy, there are plenty of things to do in Ames or around Ames. It won't be hard to find people here with the same interests as you so that you can enjoy some of those interests with someone else.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I have spent a lot of time in Ames during softball tournaments, and I love the city. The campus is beautiful and very spacious. I had a great time at a volleyball camp, and I would recommend this college to anyone. The students are friendly and were helpful with anything that I needed to know.

Academics

I have not taken any classes at Iowa State yet, but I will in the fall. The programs I am involved in are the honors program and ROTC. I know that any classes I take will help me accomplish my goal of becoming an engineer. All the professors I have talked to so far are helpful and informative.

College Life

The social atmosphere is welcoming, and I know the campus has many activities that I would be interested in. The athletics program is impressive, and I would be proud to go to a school with that kind of success. Whenever I have visited the campus it has been relatively safe. I have not spent a lot of time there, but I know it will be a good place for me.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State University is an excellant school for Agriclture and Engineering Programs. The advisors in my filed of study are very helpful in helping me with decisions with my academic choices. For prospective students,I would advise a tour of the University and a meeting with advisors in the field of study you want to pursue.

Academics

Classes are tough,it's college. The professors are knowledgable and very helpful. Class size is average for a university this size. The workload is typical for the hard classes that are needed to earn your degree.Iowa State will teach you what you need to know in your choice of field study.

College Life

The clubs and organizations are very involved with hands on activities,the campus and the community.I feel very safe on this campus. It is well lit and well provided with security. Football games and other athletics are very involved thruout the whole campus.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

This is definitely the place to be. This was the only school I looked at and applied to my senior year of high school and it has been the best decision of my life. I have met two of my best friends and a new guy! There are great people here as well as awesome activities. There are many clubs you can be involved with like fashion magazines or a LARPing club. You can find anything at Iowa State. The athletics are amazing! GO STATE! I am in the marching band, which personally is way more fun to watch than the actual game. The campus itself is beautiful and you can walk pretty much anywhere in fifteen minutes or less. The nightlife is pretty crazy as well and you have to try a Super Dog. Some tips for incoming freshman would be to live in a dorm with a random roommate your first year, because that is when you will meet your best friends. Be sure to fill out as many scholarships as you can and it is totally ok if you do not know what you want to do. Iowa State will help you figure out where you want to go in life, while still having a great time every day.

Academics

The programs are great. There is something for everyone and you are able to personalize your majors and/or minors. ISU has six different programs within it and in each program there are hundreds of different majors and minors and things you can do. This is not exactly like high school where your teachers are a little more understanding and will let things slide. This is college and professors expect the best out of you. They expect you to do your homework on time as well as projects and other things. This may sound intimidating, but if you really work hard and push yourself to do your best you will be fine. Usually the workload is about medium, depending on how many credits you take and what kind of projects you have to do. I find myself doing homework about every night, but it's not always that bad. Class sizes vary from large lectures to very small lab classes. You get the best of both worlds. Some people get worried about the actual academic part of college but it is not as bad as you think if you apply yourself and do the best you can.

College Life

Like I said earlier there is something for everyone. There are hundreds of clubs, intramurals, activities, bowling, free food, music, events and much much more. The campus is very safe and comes equipped with our own ISU police as well as call centers around campus that are blue poles or booths that you can press a button and an ISU policeman will be there to assist you. The athletics are so much fun, even if you are not big into sports, like me. I am in the marching band and it was the best experience so far I have had. I have met so many new friends and a special boy. They say the marching band is a free dating service, and I have come to agree with that. There is so much to do on and off campus that you will not know what to do first and you probably won't have time to do all of it either. Iowa State is a very welcoming place and anyone will fit in.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Iowa State has a unique synergy between academics and student life. I feel that nearly everyone I see around campus is destined for big things or will make some brilliant discovery in their lifetime. A t the same time, I feel that Iowa State students enjoy life to the fullest and make the most of their relationships. This is evinced by any nice day out on central campus as students who don't even know each other will come together and partake in activities together and join in fellowship.

Academics

The higher I get into my classes the more brilliant I feel my professors are. I love the deep wealth of knowledge that I can draw from and make it a point to tap into this wealth of knowledge on a daily basis. The work load would be fine is school was all I did but work and Drumline make me a busy man. It's all possible will good time management, and the quality of the programs make it all worth it.

College Life

The atmosphere couldn't be better and the involvement in student organizations is very strong. We have the largest student run festival in the country every year when Iowa State hosts VEISHEA. Nearly everyone is involved in some sort of club or activity whether it be Marching Band, Student Government, Sky Diving Club, or the Mountaineering Club. At a huge university these small subdivisions make it possible to get very close and really get to know some people.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

What I like the most about Iowa State is how friendly people are on campus and in Ames. It feels like the school is designed just for me. If I could narrow down my great experiences here, it would come down to two different ones. The first one was beating Oklahoma State in football, and the second one was beating Kansas in men's basketball.

Academics

Iowa State has an outstanding engineering program, along with a wide variety of engineering majors to choose from. The majority of classes are difficult, but it is easy to get help with those subjects. The professors can be hit or miss; some are excellent and others are not good at all. The workload is also pretty heavy for engineering students, but that is necessary to learn all the things that we need to.

College Life

Overall, I like the social atmosphere at Iowa State. It is not a huge party school, but there is still stuff going on during the weekends. I am also in the Water Ski Club, and I love it. We get to go to a private lake and ski whenever we want, and we compete in tournaments around the country.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Coming to Iowa State was a last minute decision that I made my senior year in high school. I visited in April and fell in love with the campus. After completing my first year and enjoying the laid back country atmosphere, it's clear to me that Iowa State is the place for me.

Academics

I love the big lectures that we have for gen eds, but I've also had a chance to experience small class sizes as well. Iowa State does a good job of giving both the large and small school feel. The workload gets pretty heavy at times, particularly in the engineering courses, but it's all worth it.

College Life

Student life is amazing here, because the school is so big, you never run out of things to do. I was part of the food science club my first year and also ended up being on the Council for Agriculture and Life Sciences which was a great experience and really added to my leadership skills. They also have things like ISU Afterdark, where you can do a variety of activities including bowling and different crafts, as well as philanthropic activities.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars