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Iowa State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,138 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 18 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

44% Women
56% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Twelve Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $528,333)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $174,236)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 154 134 Yes -
Basketball 16 11 - Yes
Football 143 - - -
Golf 11 11 - Yes
Gymnastics - 18 - -
Soccer - 35 Yes Yes
Softball - 25 - Yes
Swimming and Diving - 37 - -
Tennis - 14 - -
Volleyball - 16 Yes Yes
Wrestling 32 - - Yes
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Curling - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Kayaking - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Rodeo - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.7%
Hispanic 2.7%
Non-resident alien 11.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.3%
Two or more races 0.6%
White/non-Hispanic 75.3%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 82
Liquor Law Violation 263
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 7
Property Crime 42

Notable Alumni

  • George Washington Carver [Class of 1894], African-American scholar, famous botanist
  • Jamaal Tinsley (Class of '01), NBA point guard
  • John Atanasoff [Class of 1926], Invented the first computer
  • Carrie Chapman Catt [Class of 1880], Suffragist and peace advocate
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Grace from Vermont
  • 4
  • Dorm life is all what you get out of it! If you sit in your room with the door closed all day, it is likely that you will live a…

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  • Student from Saint Louis,MO
  • 4
  • Dorms are pretty typical. Iowa State is a large campus with lots of housing,they are building a new dorm that should be done by 2017. You can go for traditional…

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  • Rachel from Shorewood, IL
  • 5
  • Dorm life is a blast! Every floor is a different house (think Harry Potter) and each house has fun events that are based on the interests of the people who…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Ashley from Normal, IL
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    ISU has dining options everywhere on and off campus of all different categories. Whatever you crave, ISU will have somewhere on campus.

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  • 0
  • Evan from Ankeny, IA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Many places to eat around campus. Meal plans seem a little confusing but will figure out what is best for me. Looking forward to trying new things.

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  • 3
  • Maya - Faribault, MN
  • I am a current student here

    The food is comparable to other college campuses. Like most it is expensive compared to home cooking but the trade off is you don’t cook and it’s buffet style.

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  • 4
  • Rachel from Shorewood, IL
  • I am a current student here

    While the food is immensely better than my elementary and high school districts food, it is by no means, gourmet. I found myself having to get creative and mix and match things in order to create a meal I was used to as I came from a family that enjoyed cooking homemade meals of different ethnicities with bold flavors and a lot of spices. The unlimited meals swipes are a brilliant idea and worth it. The smoothies at the gym are also to die for. There are five dining halls, a food court, and numerous cafes at your disposal and you can go to all of them with your meal plan.

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  • 5
  • Kat from McKinney, TX
  • I am a past student here

    Having a Meal plan seriously helps. You can go in for a quick bite, for lunch in between classes, take your friends for a study break, eat after a workout. Plus there are 5 different locations on campus. I worked in one, and they are dedicated to keep the buildings as clean as they can. Dishes are washed at close to 200 Degrees F, and silverware are washed three times before they are allowed to be used, so you know they are as clean as can be. A word of advice: If they have mac&cheese on the menu, and you really want some, do not wait to go to the dining center. They will run out of mac&cheese.

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  • 2
  • ISU Freshman
  • I am a current student here

    I am not a fan of the dining hall food with the exception of Friley. The meal plan and food offerings need to be more flexible with healthier food choices. More food to go and longer hours in more facilities are also needed. The food plan was way too expensive and did not work with my class and work schedule.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • ISU Freshman
  • I am a current student here

    What can I say - did rush week and it was not for me. If this is your thing, the people in the sororities seem to enjoy them but it is a big financial and time commitment.

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  • 0
  • Jannic from Ames, IA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life is always do something for a cause. Like helping kids with illness or helping elderly. Join if you like that.

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  • 0
  • Kendall from Egg Harbor, WI
  • I am a current student here

    There are more than sixty four different sororities and fraternities. This can be anything from academic to social. It does not hurt to explore this aspect of campus. You can be involved as much or as little as you would like, but a majority of the time you see people fully in love with their Greek choice. Homecoming is all about Greek wars, and it can be the most interesting experience you could have coming to university. They are still friendly to those not involved in Greek life. I am one of the outsiders, but I am still fascinated with their culture.

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  • 0
  • joseph from winona, mn
  • I am a current student here

    not involved personally, but i know some people who are. it seems pretty cool. there are a few i've heard bad things about, but for the most part it seems like a pretty nice community. whether you get involved in them or not, you'll see their different philanthropies around campus.

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  • 0
  • Ann from Des Moines, IA
  • I am a current student here

    A lot of people participate in Greek Life but it isn't essential and you won't be left out if you don't partake in it.

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  • 0
  • Student from Saint Louis,MO
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I'm not interested in joining greek life this year, maybe next. But I know for girls in June you will get an invitation to attend formal recruitment the week before school starts and you move in early! Great school for greek life if you want in. There's a group for everyone!:)

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