3,201 reviews
  1. Ames, IA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Iowa State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Twelve Conference
Address
1750 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50010

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
SAT Scores Range
990-1310
ACT Scores Range
21-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Iowa State University

Cost

Net Price
$13,899/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,721/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,063/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,249/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,007/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,534/ year

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.196 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.196 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,440Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
Report
  • Well balanced between school and social life
    75%
  • Social
    11%
  • Academic based
    8%
  • Conservative Farmer
    5%
  • Thriving
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.243 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.304 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Bustling with activity
    29%
  • Big engineering school.
    23%
  • Choose your adventure
    14%
  • The best
    12%
  • Very science focused
    9%
  • Good Agricultural school
    8%
  • Very crowded
    5%

After Iowa State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.156 responses

Iowa State University Reviews

3,201 reviews
All Categories
Iowa State University is a great college to attend and I absolutely love the campus environment. I chose Iowa State because it was affordable and it is a decent drive from my hometown. At first, I thought it would be too big, but it is the perfect size. There are endless activities and clubs to join. The athletic games always filled with school spirit. Not to mention, there are campus buses that can take you almost anywhere for free! On weekends, there is always something you could find to do. For instance, there is a street called Welch comprise of various restaurants and shops. The diversity on campus is amazing and I can guarantee you will meet tons of new people. As for the academics, if you need help there are sessions that provide additional assistance for some classes, especially math. It is really helpful.
Hello everybody, I am a freshman at Iowa state and i couldn't be more happy. Overall first impressions in my first week is that everything here is amazing and i can see why 36000+ other students attend here. Everybody here is so kind and polite whether it is a student, professor, or local resident, i have never been around a place with this many nice people. The amount of things you can get involved in here at ISU is unbelievable. They have over 800 clubs if if you can't find one for you then you can start your own! You will always feel like you fit right in here and there is plenty of opportunity to explore your interests further, or even explore new ones. The professors here are fantastic and the make sure you get every pennies worth of your education that you paid for. ISU sets you up so its makes it harder to fail, rather than pass. There is so much help offered here whether it is by teaching assistant, professors, tutors, or even your friendly classmates.
I joined the sorority of Gamma Phi Beta my freshman year and because of that I have met so many incredible people who help me excel in my academic and professional life, as well as the opportunity to expand my social involvement within the Greek and campus life. I have had the opportunity to meet people outside the Greek community who have also made an impact on my life and that is something that is really important to me as I wanted to be involved campus life too. I have leaned so much in the short time that I have been here and that is something that I value greatly. Iowa State is giving me the opportunity to help live my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant someday and I could not be more thankful!