Iowa State University

1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA

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Questions and Answers about Iowa State University

Camryn M.
1 year ago
Are there a lot of ways to get around campus besides walking?
Iowa State University
Cy Ride is a popular way to commute around campus! You are welcome to bring a bike, skateboard, etc too.
Gabriel O.
1 year ago
Are there a lot of research opportunities for a student in aerospace engineering?
Iowa State University
There are! If you are interested and meet the requirements I would encourage you to join the Honors Program. They have a guaranteed research program.
Madilyn V.
1 year ago
What is the average freshman class size?
Iowa State University
Around 40
Madilyn V.
1 year ago
What are the qualifications to receive a fee waiver?
Iowa State University
Free and reduced lunch, act/sat waivers, etc. I would encourage you to reach out to your admissions counselor with your specific need!
Olivia J.
1 year ago
Are student applicants automatically considered for Iowa State University scholarships?
Iowa State University
They are for our admission scholarships! For all other scholarships students must fill out the One App.
alea p.
1 year ago
Does Iowa State University allow freshman to have cars on campus?
Iowa State University
We do but it is not needed!
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Majors offered at Iowa State University

Biggest majors
Mechanical Engineering
Finance and Financial Management Services

Academics at Iowa State University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
19 to 1
Least Selective (91% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution
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Common careers for Iowa State University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Software Engineer73k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)72k
Mechanical Engineer70k
Process Engineer70k
Project Engineer67k
Manufacturing Engineer66k
Based on 31,346 student responses
57.6kAvg. Early Career Pay
101.1kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
48%in High-Meaning careers
31%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Iowa State University

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Student reviews of Iowa State University

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Lots of interesting clubs and activities
Beautiful campus
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Access to outdoor activities
Great internship and research opportunities
Madalyn Button
Travel And Tourism



The campus is very welcoming.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Some of the professors care more about their research than teaching.

Maria Sweeney
Biking And Cycling
Dance + 1 other



I love the way it feels like home. I love the beautiful campus. There is always someone to reach out to, and it's easy to be as involved to independent as you want to.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It gets quite cold in the winter, and classes won't be canceled because of the weather.

Allison Van Dyke
American Sign Language (ASL)



Iowa State University is a really big school, so if you don't like having lots of people around you, maybe cross this one off your list. However, having so many people here opens up a ton of opportunities. There are so many clubs and activities around campus that make the experience great. The professors are pretty good, although I have had a few that aren't great at the whole teaching part. All of them have been nice though! If you plan on taking Calculus, you should use It has helped me so many times. The coursework load for the more STEM-based classes is pretty heavy, but otherwise, this school is great.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It is very big. So definitely be aware of that before you come here. And the workload in some of the courses can be a lot.

Aaliyah Williams
Exercise And Fitness



When thinking about coming to Iowa State University, the main points that caught my eye were seeing how many other minority students would be in attendance with me and having the reinsurance that when taking my first step on campus, I wouldn't be the only student as a minority to do so. Another thing I like is that whenever a classmate or I am struggling with something, professors and TA, and other resources are there to pick up my classmates or me and teach us ways to make everything easier because being a college student isn't always easy.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

One major thing that I didn't like is how minority students continue to fight against racism and that when addressing it to the president, seem to feel as if she doesn't care but once to put Iowa State as a campus to send your kind, they will be fine nothing will happen to them.

grace Morowczynski
Painting and Studio Art
Art + 18 others



I enjoy the campus, its beautiful a lot of places to study, socialize, go out for food or coffee, 2 very nice and very well located gyms on campus, loved all the dining halls many options and different ones all very accessible, some dorms are fabulous some are not as updated but fair for the price, many buses and bus stops to travel around campus, very social and fun!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Some dorms are not good at all lacking elevators, and AC, and are very old and worn down not the cleanest. Not a city at all not a ton of off-campus things to do or places to go nearby not a lot of restaurants or shopping or activities I guess.

Brooklynn Nelson
Art + 13 others



I loved all the different life experiences Iowa State offered, whether it was a concert in the Memorial Union or a campus-wide snowball fight there is always something to do! The professors or administrative staff were always helpful and nice when I had questions or concerns. The campus is GORGEOUS and has hundreds of beautiful artwork pieces to enjoy!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I didn't really have any bad experiences with Iowa State, but I will say if you intend to go into an art degree do expect it to take up most of your time.

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