Students Say

More than 28,000 students come together in Ames to get degrees in more than 100 majors, successfully giving off “a small-school feel with a big-university atmosphere.” Science and technology are the main draws at this research univer- sity, but this “welcoming and friendly environment” treats all of its students well, regardless of their academic path. Professors, academic advisors, and other staff are all “very willing to help you academically and personally,” and the Cyclone Nation is all about “engaging students not only in the classroom, but in the whole college experience.”

Overview

Applicants
18,399
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.55

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 630
SAT Math
530 - 680
ACT Composite
21 - 29

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

More than 28,000 students come together in Ames to get degrees in more than 100 majors, successfully giving off “a small-school feel with a big-university atmosphere.” Science and technology are the main draws at this research univer- sity, but this “welcoming and friendly environment” treats all of its students well, regardless of their academic path. Professors, academic advisors, and other staff are all “very willing to help you academically and personally,” and the Cyclone Nation is all about “engaging students not only in the classroom, but in the whole college experience.” Professors “do what they can” for their students, focusing on experiences outside the classroom. It’s also clear to students that the professors “truly love what they teach and bring passion to their lectures,” work- ing hard “to make students truly know what they want to spend the rest of their life doing.” “Iowa State is all about preparing you for an actual career through hands-on teaching,” says a student. Though lecture classes in the early college years can run large, the classroom experience (both in and out) only improves as students specialize. “I’ve been given the opportunity to work on an independent research project with a faculty mentor, which has been a really rewarding oppor- tunity,” says one student. All of the administration, “all the way up to our presi- dent and provost,” is “dedicated to making student life at Iowa State the main priority.” One of the school’s greatest strengths is its ability to get students involved in internships, making it “extremely easy to find a job in your area of study”; every year, there are “very large engineering, agriculture, and business/ LAS career fairs [that] allow students to find internships and full-time jobs easily.” Even if one of your classes isn’t the greatest, there “are many computer labs, help sessions, and teacher ’s assistants to go to for extra help.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,777
with Terminal Degree
1,553

1,099
Men
678
Women
360
Minority
67
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


George Washington Carver
1st African-American faculty; famous plant scienti

John V. Atanasoff
Inventor of electrical digital computer.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Leader of women's suffrage; co-founder of League o

Henry A. Wallace
US Vice President (1941-44); Sec. of Ag,; Sec. of

Tom Harkin
US Senator from Iowa

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition at Iowa State University is an excellent value for in-state students, with tuition being just $6,648. Room and board will come to about $7,721; books, supplies, and required fees will add another $2,100. Students from out-of-state can expect an overall tuition of $19,534—still a very affordable total for a school providing such a wealth of educational opportunities. Plus, 87 percent of freshmen receive some manner of financial support, with 98 percent of needy freshman receiving some form of need-based aid. Average financial aid packages average $11,800; for most freshman, the total needbased gift aid approaches $7,700, with the average amount of loan debt per graduate at about $29,900.

Bang For Your Buck

With an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, 4,500 of those being freshmen, Iowa State University “holds true to its initial mission of providing affordable, practical education with a special focus on agriculture.” As would befit an agricultural school, the campus encompasses 1,800 acres. Nearly 60 percent of students are male; full-time students account for 95 percent of the enrollees at the university, although distance education undergraduate degree programs are also offered. Iowa State employs 1,600 full-time faculty members, and there is a comfortable 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio–excellent for such a large school. Additionally, nearly a quarter of all students continue on to pursue graduate school studies.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,189

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,814

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,420

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,880

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,088

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,648
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,200
Required Fees
$1,078
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,043

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Understandably, most students here are “small-town Iowans” or from the Midwest: “corn fed and bred,” as they say. There is “some diversity,” but “most of the students are white, and the second largest group is Asian.” These “humble,” “extremely friendly” students “care about the community and get involved with as many activities as possible.” “If someone gets off of the campus and city bus system without thanking the bus driver, it’s practically a sin,” says a student. Although enrollment is at about 30,000, “students make it feel like a small town where everyone is a member of the Cyclone family.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
28,893
Out of State
31%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
106

Demographics

3.06%
Asian
2.77%
African-American
4.84%
Hispanic
82.14%
Caucasian
4.50%
Unknown
8.26%
International

43% female
57% male
31% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Iowa State is all about having “a big college experience (the athletics, the clubs, the shows, the educational opportunities, the school spirit) in a small college town”; indeed, Ames’ support of the university “gives it a very at home and smaller feel than it actually is.” During the week, students “mostly focus on classes and schoolwork.” The weekends provide more of a chance to cut loose, whether that’s a free event on campus, hanging out in each others’ rooms and playing video games, partying, or playing an intramural sport (basketball, flag football, broomball, and others are “very popular”). “Winning an intramural championship t-shirt is very important and highly coveted on campus,” says one student. There are “hundreds of clubs and activities for any of your interests,” and the campus “will host bands quite a bit, and also a lot of late-night activities such as bingo, hypnotist shows, speakers, and lots of food.” If you can’t find what you want on campus, go off campus into downtown Ames, which is “full of fast-food and chain restaurants, bars, movie theaters, a mall, as well as locally owned businesses, restaurants, and novelty shops.” Most students live on campus for their first two years, but off campus is “still very close to campus… so it’s very comfortable and relatively cheap.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
see Student Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Steve Moats

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
psychoeducational evaluation

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
825
Number of Honor Societies
43

Number of Social Sororities
20
Number of Religious Organizations
32

12% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cyclones)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cyclones)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.dso.iastate.edu/lgbtss

Minority Support Groups: www.dso.iastate.edu/msa

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Live Green! is Iowa State University’s campus-wide sustainability initiative, laying the foundation for the campus to become as green as possible. Live Green! has already led to the hiring of a Director of Sustainability, the creation of a thirteen-member Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change, and the establishment of a Live Green Loan Fund for energy conservation and sustainability projects. The university’s commitment to sustainable operations is highlighted by its requirement that all new construction and major renovation projects on campus achieve LEED Gold. In fact, the university's College of Design addition and the State Gym recreational facility have both achieved LEED Platinum. Additionally, the school has signed a contract with the city of Ames allowing for 10 percent of the university’s electrical energy to be derived from wind. All four of the residential dining centers on campus were made trayless, reducing food waste by 50 percent. Food waste is composted at the university's compost facility and utilized for on-campus projects, and prepared leftover food is donated to a free meal program in the community. Students have participated in the Solar Decathlon, an internationally recognized team competition to design, build, and operate energy-efficient solar-powered homes. The GreenHouse Group works to promote recycling at each campus residence and the school participates in Adopt Campus, a program initiated by Keep Iowa State Beautiful to promote campus cleanup. Interested in studying green? You’re in luck. Iowa State offers an interdisciplinary sustainability minor and more than 800 green courses in more than forty departments that focus on sustainability. Want to “green your drive?” Recent implementation of a car share program offers alternative transportation service designed to help reduce the university's carbon footprint.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
401

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, HP, Dell, IBM, Sennheiser

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions
Campus Visits

Address
Office of Admissions
100 Enrollmen Services Ctr
Ames, IA 50011-2010

Phone
800-262-3810

Email
Admissions@iastate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Union Drive Community Center (dining center)
Reiman Gardens
Lied Recreation Center
Memorial Union
Virtual Reality Lab (available to visitors also)
6. Campanile.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
CampusTown
North Grand Mall
Hickory Park
Downtown Ames/Mainstreet
Numerous Parks
Plenty of shops and services in and around campus. Many local favorites as well as nationally recognized restaurants and stores.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8am-5pm and 9am-1:00 pm (Sat)
800-262-3810

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
most Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Admissions@iastate.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Des Moines International Airport is 35 minutes from campus. Car rental, taxis, and commercial buses are available for the trip from the airport to the campus. CyRide, inexpensive local bus system shuttle during breaks!

Driving Instructions to Campus
Ames is centrally located and well served by ground transportation. North-south Interstate 35 passes Ames on the east, with east-west Highway 30 intersecting to bring visitors to campus. East-west Interstate 80 intersects with Interstate 35 just 25 miles south of Ames. Follow the Iowa State/Ames signs on interstates and Highway 30.

Local Accommodations
The Memorial Union (2229 Lincoln Way; 520-292-1111), the student union building located on campus. The 'MU' has a cafeteria open all day and a bowling alley in the building. There are several available options around the city of Ames. For more information contact the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-288-7470 or www.visitames.com
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Key Stats

18,399
Applicants
28,893
Size
87%
Acceptance Rate
1150
SAT Scores

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