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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
  • 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
  • Daniel from Minneapolis, MN
  • 2
  • Freshman year you will find everyone running around late at night, it will be great till 8am classes kick in, then it gets annoying, but the heat makes it worse.…

  • Sep-01-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 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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  • 4
  • Victoria
  • Feb-24-2014 I am a current student here

    The cafeteria food is good, but to keep from getting sick of the food eat something different each day. My mistake was only eating from the pasta bar, by week two I didn't want to see another bowl of pasta ever again.

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  • 5
  • Lauren from Des Moines, IA
  • Feb-18-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is fantastic at ISU, they have different choices every week and I have not grown tired of eating in the dining centers.

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  • 3
  • Shania from Albion, IA
  • Feb-16-2014 I am a current student here

    The food here is so good and when living on campus you have to have a dinning plan. These plans can be used anywhere on campus and consists of meals and dinning dollars. The only problem I have is that it is very expensive.

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  • 4
  • Kelsey from IA
  • Feb-14-2014 I am a current student here

    Food!!!! There are sooo many places to eat on campus so you don't have to have the same thing every time. Each dining center has several options as well so there is something for everyone. There are plenty of options for healthy meals and even plenty of sources for those who are vegan or vegetarian. My favorite part about the dinning centers are the dessert bars because they are enormous. Also some have an ice cream machine and a huge amount of topping to choose from. There are also convenient stores and vending machines in various buildings all over if you just want a snack or something small. For those who need their daily fix of caffeine there is a Caraboo Coffee right on campus!

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  • 5
  • Marie from Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at ISU is fantastic! There are always many options and you get to choose what you want to eat. There are many dining centers and there are open almost all the time.

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  • 4
  • Jennifer
  • Jan-11-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at Iowa State is delicious. Sometimes it gets pretty repetative, but overall there are enough choices that it is easy to avoid eating something if you dont want it. The dining centers are all-you-can-eat, making it easy to overeat and try some of everything. All dining centers are situated so that they are near the dorms, an easy two minute walk to the closest one.The cafes around campus are also deliciuos, as they serve the same hot food that the dining centers do. The cafes main focuses are on coffee and desserts such as cookies and brownies, so it is wise to go to a cafe for a sweets craving rather than go to a dining center.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Hillary from Ames, IA
  • Nov-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is very integrated with the general study body, so there isn't that huge gap of Greek Students and Students. They do great events such as Rent-A-Puppy and huge feeds on campus and at the Greek houses, so if you are looking for a yummy, social, cheap meal, or some puppy lovin', there are plenty around!

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