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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
  • Emily from Maplewood, MN
  • 4
  • If you get a good roommate and keep your door open, you will be fine. There are a lot of floor and building activities to get to know the…

  • Mar-31-2012 Read More
  • Christopher from New Hope, MN
  • 5
  • Definately stay in a dorm at least the first semester and keep your door open. You'll meet a lot of new peoplethat way and that's how you'll meet your friends…

  • Jan-15-2012 Read More
  • 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…

  • Jan-15-2012 Read More
  • Courtney from Ames, IA
  • 4
  • the dorm life at isu is a great place for incoming freshmen to meet new people and take part in all the campus activities. many students choose to stay in…

  • Feb-21-2012 Read More
  • Dwight from Iowa
  • 4
  • Dorm life on campus is involved and it tries to create a community of responsible adults. The different floors of each house have their own identity and creates a community…

  • Sep-20-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Em
  • Oct-20-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Eating in the dining hall was a very rewarding experience. It did not feel like a simple dorm dining hall. The food is very well done, and there are so many options to choose from.

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  • 4
  • Hello from Ames, IA
  • Oct-15-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm extremely picky so I do not eat on campus. However, I hear the food is good. There is a Subway, Panda Express and a burrito place along with other burger and pizza joints. Theres much more right off campus that includes gyros, chinese, mexican, sandwiches, pizza and more.

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  • 3
  • reviewer
  • Jun-25-2014 I am a current student here

    Multiple dining hall and good food. Not very vegetarian friendly.

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  • 3
  • Cosmo
  • May-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Most dinning centers have pretty good food and a variety to choose from. However, on most days, Storms dinning center only has convenience going for it and not mush else.

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  • 4
  • Katharina from Ames, IA
  • May-01-2014 I am a current student here

    Iowa State has dining halls spread all over campus, that provide a variety of meals, which are actually quite tasty. Many residence halls have the requirement that you buy a meal plan. I have had a little trouble with meal plans because I chose a meal plan with to many meals at first and then switched to the lower one and ended up with to few meals for the semester. I really haven't found the right balance yet. But the convenient stores that are all over campus as well can help you out in such cases. You can get different cold but also warm dishes. As for vegetarians or gluten intolerant students ISU Dining makes a real effort to cook for you needs. You can always see what exactly is in the food you'r eating and you can order various dishes gluten free extra for you.

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  • 5
  • Christina from Cary, IL
  • Apr-29-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at Iowa State is great. They have a lot of options, and offer their meal plans in a buffet style cafeteria, so you can quickly go in, grab what you want, and leave, or sit and stay for a while to study.

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  • 5
  • Riley from Oskaloosa, IA
  • Apr-13-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    When I visited, the food was great I I have heard nothing but good things from students there.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Christina from Cary, IL
  • Apr-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Lots of greek life. The houses are beautiful, and most people I have run into are at least someway involved with the greek life.

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  • 0
  • Marie from Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    ISU has a lot of Greek life participants and they they put on shows every year on central campus.They also help out around the community.

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  • 0
  • Ammar from Urbandale, IA
  • Jan-10-2014 I am a current student here

    I don't know much about greek life, but of the people I know who are involved, most people really enjoy it. They take pride in helping the community and involving themselves in all things Iowa State.

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  • 0
  • Mariah from IDA GROVE, IA
  • Jan-01-2014 I am a current student here

    I have not personally participated in anything Greek, but I have only heard great things. It gives students a sense of belonging and the houses really create special bonds with each other. These will be you life-long friendships.

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  • 0
  • Kayla from Plainfield, IL
  • Dec-05-2013 I am a current student here

    I am not too involved in what goes on with Greek life, but I know many people do get involved at Iowa State.

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