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Iowa State University Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
B
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Average Housing Costs
$8,356/ year
Poll
60%
of students say overall dorm quality is great.166 responses
Poll
72%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great.341 responses

Food

Campus Food
A-
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4,335/ year
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 581 responses
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  • Memorial Union
    15%
  • Conversations
    14%
  • Seasons
    12%
  • UDCC
    12%
  • Clydes
    11%
  • They're all good options & located all over campus
    11%
  • Panda Express
    8%
80%
of students highly rate the dining facilities.169 responses

Campus Quality

Campus
A
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
A
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 163 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    50%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    45%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    3%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    1%

Safety

Safety
B
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
92%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.213 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 149 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    36%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    50%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    10%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    3%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 154 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    18%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    60%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    14%
  • Not very visible.
    4%
  • We have campus police?
    5%

Sports & Activities

Men's Varsity Sports
Golf, Basketball, Wrestling, All Track Combined, Football
Women's Varsity Sports
Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, All Track Combined
Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 305 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    9%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    75%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    15%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    1%
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What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 240 responses
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  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Campaniling
    18%
  • Lake LaVerne
    13%
  • Greek Week
    9%
  • When VEISHA was around
    9%
  • VEISHA
    8%
  • Zodiac
    8%

Party Scene

Party Scene
A
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 172 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    2%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    45%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    38%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    4%
  • Parties? What parties?
    10%
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What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 98 responses
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  • Used to be VEISHA, not anymore though
    38%
  • VEISHEA
    21%
  • VEISHA
    14%
  • Used to be VEISHA but VEISHA is canceled forever
    9%
  • Used to be VEISHEA, Now it's Greek Week
    6%
  • Greek Week
    5%
  • Used to be VEISHEA
    3%
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