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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Iowa State is a highly rated public university located in Ames, Iowa. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 27,929 undergraduate students. The Iowa State acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Business, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 74% of students, Iowa State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,200.
1750 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big 12 Conference

Iowa State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

ISU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
91%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1100-1340
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,195/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,063/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.189 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.232 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.232 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    79%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,929Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,692
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 156 responses
  • Well balanced between school and social life
    72%
  • Social
    13%
  • Academic based
    8%
  • Conservative Farmer
    4%
  • Thriving
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.279 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.340 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 181 responses
  • Bustling with activity
    25%
  • Big engineering school.
    22%
  • Choose your adventure
    20%
  • The best
    12%
  • Very science focused
    9%
  • Good Agricultural school
    7%
  • Very crowded
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.156 responses
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Iowa State University Reviews

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I have had a great experience being a student at Iowa State University. I am currently a student majoring in Kinesiology & Health with a minor in Psychology. I have been able to take coursework that is unique and beneficial to my career goals of becoming a nurse. The professors have helped me achieve my goals and are there to help you achieve in ways specific to each student. Through this university, I have been given various opportunities including being President of Doctors Without Borders Student Chapter, Undergraduate Research, and being an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. This university will not only allow you to grow academically, but also intellectually. I have gained communication skills, leadership skills, and lifelong friendships from studying at this university. Not to mention the beautiful campus and positive atmosphere of the campus! I would recommend Iowa State University to anyone that is searching for colleges.
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I'm confused as to why people are rating Iowa State on here based on the online format. Essentially every school in the nation has switched to hybrid or online. Online learning can be difficult, that is for sure, but literally every college student in the country is dealing with this. Therefore, why take stars off for the transition to online classes being difficult? Go take stars off society or something, its not ISU's fault.

I would have rated Iowa State four stars before my senior year. Professors are good, overall great community of people, school spirit is high, nice nightlife and the athletics are fun (although we're the masters of upsetting ranked programs and then losing to weaker BIG12 competition, which is grating as a fan).

However, since my senior year as a SCM major I have to say I'm more than impressed! The professors at the 400-level in the college of business are elite in terms of their passion, intelligence, mastery of material, and care for students. 5-stars!
One thing I loved about Iowa State how the campus does such a wonderful job of making the campus feel like home. Iowa State is a pretty big school, but it actually feels so small. Iowa State has provided me with so many wonderful opportunities to make friends and gain more leadership skills. This was my first year at Iowa State and I joined a lot of clubs and organizations. I joined a sorority called Alpha Gamma Delta and gained a leadership position as director of the sophomore experience. Iowa State has a wonderful Greek community that really enhanced my first year at ISU. I also got involved in the Newman center called St.Thomas Aquinas at Iowa State, which really helped enhance my faith life. Then I was also the. vice president of my hall in dorm. Iowa State has made this year one of the best years of my life, and I'm looking forward to more amazing experiences and opportunities in the next three years!