Iowa State University (ISU)

Ames, IA

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ISU Housing

  • On-Campus Housing Available
  • Meal Service
  • Co-ed Dorms
  • Women's Dorms
  • Men's Dorms
  • Sorority Housing
  • Fraternity Housing
  • Single-Student Apartments
  • Married-Student Apartments
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Special Housing for International Students
  • Other: Learning communities, substance-free, graduate, adult undergraduate, and family housing.
Room & Board Expenses $7,721
Living On-Campus 37%
Living Off-Campus 63%

ISU Ratings & Reviews

Overall College Life Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 304 Reviews

64% of students gave Iowa State University 5 stars in College Life.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

College Life Rating

ISU has a very fun and energetic atmosphere. There are hundreds of clubs and people are always starting their own. The campus is extremely safe. Athletic events are a big deal here and students and the community are very supportive. There are always activities on the weekends to partake in.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

College Life Rating

Very friendly, very active campus. My roommates are all involved in so many things, we rarely run into each other in our apartment. There are different facilities to exercise in or just pick up a game of basketball. All facilities are equipped with adequate or above average equipment for whatever you're doing, playing sports, doing research, whatever.

ISU Campus Safety

Emergency Hotline
(515) 294-4428
Medical Center Emergency Department
(800) 524-6877
Campus Police
Armory, Osborn Drive, Ames, IA 50011

ISU Athletics

Quick Facts
Team Mascot: Cy
School Song: ISU Fights
School Colors: cardinal and gold
Official Athletics Site:
Athletic Facilities gymnasium, ice arena, recreation center and fields; swimming pool, tennis courts
Athletic Conferences: NAA, NCAA
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
Track: Big Twelve Conference

Athletics Department at Iowa State University

Athletic Director Name
Jamie Pollard
Athletic Department Email

ISU Student Organizations

Greek Organizations
Number of Fraternities: 34
Number of Sororities: 19
Percentage of Men in Fraternities: 15%
Percentage of Women in Sororities: 16%
Military Programs
ROTC Air Force

Other Organizations

  • Academic Clubs
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Music Organizations (Band, Choir, etc.)
  • Political Activism
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Religious Organizations
  • Minority Organizations
  • International Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Television Station

ISU Student Services

Computer & Technological Services

  • Internet Access
  • Computers in Residence Halls
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Computers in Student Center
  • Email Account Provided by School

Career & Employment Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Co-op Education Placement
  • Internship Placement
  • Career / Job Search Classes
  • Interest Inventory
  • On-Campus Job Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Alumni Network
  • Interview Training
  • Other: career/job fairs, on-line job listings, seminars and workshops.

Counseling Services

  • Minority Student Counseling
  • Military Counseling
  • Veteran Counseling
  • Older Student Counseling
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Religious Counseling

Physically Handicapped Services

  • Note-Taking Service
  • Recording Devices
  • Tutors
  • Reader Services
  • Interpreters for Hearing-Impaired
  • Special Transportation
  • Special Housing
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Braille Services

Other Services at Iowa State University

School Store / Bookstore

  • Health Services
  • On-Campus Child Care
  • Library on Campus
  • Non-Remedial Tutoring
  • Placement Services
  • Women’s Center
  • Health Insurance
  • Other: Adult, student legal, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered services.

Famous Alumni

  • George Washington Carver, educator, and prominent agricultural research
  • Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of women's suffrage movement
  • Tom Harkin, US senator.

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