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  • 07/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is great for anyone that's looking for an authentic college experience. Not only will you receive a rewarding education but you can also get involved with many different clubs and teams. Because Ames (town surrounding Iowa State) is such a small town, the school really has a sense of solidarity. Everyone goes to football games, everyone partakes in homecoming activities and other seasonal festivals, and everyone gets really excited about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind. when you're meeting so many different people with so many different likes and dislikes be sure to maintain an open mind. When I first decided to come to Iowa state a friend of mine told me to consider doing formal recruitment for the Greek community. I had never really considered myself a sorority type of girl, but my friend told me that by doing formal recruitment it would be a great way to meet people. And not only did I meet some of my best friends, but I also joined a house and I couldn't be happier with my decision. So, in conclusion my tip is to not be afraid to branch out of you're comfort zone, because you're sure to meet some really great people and maybe even some lifelong friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State is a really great school, but it is quite expensive for the out-of-staters. But I would suggest that you really consider you're major and also visit the campus to see if you like the feel of it. Personally I think the campus is absolutely beautiful, and not at all what I expected Iowa to look like. So I would say that if the school strongly represents your intended major and if you think the campus is as beautiful as I do, then Iowa State may just be the place for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school has so many great things to offer. You may think that because your in Iowa, that automatically means there will be nothing to do. But if you get involved, whether it be in a club, an intramural, or in the Greek community you'll find that you wont have nearly enough time to do everything you want to do. The one drawback is that it's easy to lose focus. But if you keep in mind the real reason why you're there, then you'll be able to find the balance between why you're there and what you want to do for fun.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning environment at Iowa State is unlike anything else, there's no doubt in my mind that it has been a challenge, but the school offers many resources for any student who is willing to seek them out. the collegiate learning experience demands a lot from it's students but at Iowa State they offer tutors, help sessions, study tips, workshops for writing, and most teachers and/or teaching assistants offer one on one help so no matter what you're having trouble with, you'll be able to find someone that can help. furthermore there is no doubt in my mind that I will walk away from Iowa State a more intelligent and competent person and I know that I will be fully equipped with whatever I may need to face the challenges of my selected field.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 2 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Prospective engineers, design majors, those pursuing computer-related fields, Iowa residents, and those looking for big opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is gorgeous, and feels more like a state park than a college. Definitely go to a football game if you get a chance, but stay away from Welch Avenue afterward. Jimmy John's, Jeff's Pizza, and The Fighting Burrito are located a few feet from campus, have delicious food, good prices, make deliveries, and are all open until around 3 AM. Take your parents to Hickory Park when they visit, you'll be glad you did. First year roommate assignments are usually random, so be prepared. Cyride, the bus system, makes it easy to get anywhere in Ames. The guy to girl ratio is unfavorable for men, but every female in that count is hot enough to be a model. Girls, you'll find every type of man you could imagine, and then some. Take the time to meet some of the international students. There are a lot of them, and you can learn a lot from them. The career fairs are huge and bring big opportunities. Always be in attendance.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a hefty load on out-of-staters, and if you're an engineering major, your tuition goes up after two years. There are scholarships available, along with $5600 and $7000 packages for those not from Iowa (very easy criteria apply). Overall, the facilities are nice. Engineers and design majors get to enjoy brand new additions and buildings, and there's also a new chemistry building going up. To paraphrase, the equipment, opportunities, and experience offered by Iowa State make it great for the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ames, IA has one of the lowest crime rates in the U.S., and is generally relaxed. Football and basketball games are an absolute blast, and the town does get a little crazy. The school has a very friendly atmosphere, and it's easy to meet new people. There are all kinds of big events that happen, like E-Week or VEISHEA (if you don't know about VEISHEA yet, Google it), but there are also plenty of small ones. Whether you collect famous toothbrushes or like smashing computers to bits, you can find a student organization to share your passion with others. In short, it's hard not to enjoy Iowa State.

    Am learning a lot

    You learn a lot in college, but at Iowa State you can learn anything you could imagine. The professors are true experts in their fields, and do an excellent job teaching. The living experience at ISU leads to a lot of great insights too, especially if you're living in Friley or Helser Halls.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 14 people found this review useful. 3 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Determined, competetive, artsy, engineers, ag students, students who want the real college experience, dance minors

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on becoming a design major, BE PREPARED for the difficulty and time-consuming curriculum. I have taken art classes since grade school and I still struggled through many projects. However, you will learn SO much and feel like you accomplished a lot. It is a very competetive program.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm paying out-of-state tuition, and even with a $5,600 scholarship it is difficult to pay. I love the school but it is definitely expensive.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Anthropologists, pre-vet students, agricultural students, budding scientists, design students, the musically inclined, business students and determined individuals!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Send in your application as soon as humanly possible ;) 2. Apply for outside scholarships as well as scholarships within Iowa State. 3. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. 4. Get involved on campus through volunteering, clubs and leadership activities 5. Take advantage of all the free things on campus like the gym. After all of the great food in the dining halls, you're going to need a way to work off those extra calories during the winter. 6. Try the Honors Program! You won't regret it :)

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to private colleges, Iowa State is pretty cheap. But it can be a pretty hefty price for students when it is compared to tuition rates at community colleges or when the prospective student is an out-of-stater. However, Iowa State does try to make it easier on out-of-staters by offering scholarships that specifically pertain to them. They also offer academic scholarships and financial aid for students from Iowa.

    Am enjoying being here

    Classes and help sessions keep my days pretty busy but campus life is enjoyable when I have free time. The week before school starts is one of the best times to experience Iowa State at its best. It is a time that is vibrant with new experiences as students move into their dorm rooms and freshmen participate in Destination Iowa State. Destination Iowa State is a unique event for freshmen as it gives them a chance to see the beautiful campus on a student guided tour, make new friends, receive free Cyclone gear and learn the school song in a spirited atmosphere. It is a great start to the multitude of events that happen on the Iowa State campus. Events during the school year include but are not limited to Free Friday Night Flicks (they tend to show movies that have just been in the theater), bowling in the basement of Memorial Union, concerts in Stephens Auditorium or the Hilton Colosseum and fairs within Memorial Union. There is something for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    Only into my first semester at Iowa State University, I already feel like I have learned a substantial amount of useful material. I also find myself enjoying the course material exponentially more than I did in high school. The professors work really hard to make their lectures interesting, as well as, interactive in the hopes that students will better retain course material. For the harder courses like general chemistry, they even set up help sessions and Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions in an effort to help students succeed in their class.

  • 07/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 5 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone pursiung a science major would like this university, as would students in general seeking study abroad opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an out-of-state student, having to pay the extra money is obviously something of a drag. However, ISU really tries to help out all of its students, and there are lots of opportunities for scholarships and employment around the campus. The staff members are kind and helpful, and do their best to help you make the most out of your college experience. There is also a multitude of extracurricular clubs and organizations, so nearly anyone can find something fun to do when they want to take a break from their studies. The study abroad opportunities are great here, too.

  • 06/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, chemistry, psychology, physics and design majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study! It's not going to be easy, but it will be worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    The people in Ames are generally good, nice people. Ames has a small town feel to it, but is just big enough to have some nightlife for the students to enjoy. And don't forget about VEISHEA or the Freeman Spring Concert!

    Am learning a lot

    There are some classes I have taken that I have looked back on and wondered what the heck I learned. But, for the most part, the courses are challenging and apply to real life scenarios. The teachers here are wonderful people who are always happy to help out a struggling student.

  • 12/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend Iowa State I have a few very helpful tips for you. First, make sure you keep your grades up and stay very involved with extracurricular activities so that you can get some scholarships and so you can continue those activities in college. Second, really get involved as soon as you step on campus because if you don't not only will you be bored, but as many as your advisors will tell you it will be harder for you to get internships and job positions in the future. Thirdly, take advantage of your advisors. So far I have had nothing short of great advisors that are willing to sit down and discuss what I'm interested in and what would be better for me to take with my major and interests etc. Lastly, make sure you are organized with your time for studying, organizations, and friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State is very expensive. I am an out-of-state student and am very concerned about having to transfer if either one of my parents lose their job or if tuition continues to rise. However, I feel like almost every dollar I spend here is worth what I'm getting out of it, otherwise I wouldn't be here. There are a lot of little fees that they charge you for but if you get involved with a lot of things on campus you can get something out of every dollar you are charged.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot of life on the campus of Iowa State. It doesn't matter what dorm you live in or even if you live off campus. You can find something to do anywhere on campus very easily for almost every day of the week.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at Iowa State are very qualified to teach their expertise. You learn so much from class to class that you can apply to real life very easily and start using right away.

  • 09/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, intelligent, openminded, simple, outgoing, friendly, down-to-earth. Design. Animal Science-Pre Vet, Agriculture, Engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be Open. Try new things. Try to double major. Join the Honors Program!

    Bang for the buck

    I don't get what everyone is talking about: it is a great deal for both in-state and out-of-state students, even with tuition hikes. Compared with the in-state rate for the biggest university in Illinois, (U of I Champaign), tuition here is great!

    Am enjoying being here

    The biggest thing I like about ISU is the general sense of community you get. Everyone is so nice - never have I been around such NICE, kind, hardworking, dedicated people.

    Am learning a lot

    Both inside my classes and outside, coming to the state of Iowa has helped me grow so much. People here are indeed very diverse and smart, even though it's only Iowa.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for people who like to be a part of a group. It seems that all of us here are one big group. It's also a great place for people who like to be able to walk to where they need to go. It helps save gas money.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip that I would give to prospective students would be to look for scholarships now. That is the only sure fire way to get around the cost of the rising tuition. The more scholarships you have, the easier it will be for you to relax when it comes time to think about expenses. Another tip that I would give to prospective students is to get involved. It helps you keep busy, make friends and get relief from the stress that comes from daily school work and tests. Don't be just another brick in these walls.

    Bang for the buck

    With the rising cost of tuition, it is getting harder and harder to pay for it all. With the budget cuts that are going on within this state, the university is being forced to cut down on things that can sometimes appear to be necessary to our education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the campus life. There is always something going on, both on the week days and on the weekends. There are many different ways to make friends here. I am in Marching Band, and I have made so many friends there. This is a great place to be.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been here for one semester but I am already learning so much. My classes are very interesting, especially the ones within my major. I am learning a lot about the media and how they use different symbols and strategies to target different audiences.

  • 10/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    WiSE is a learning community for Women in Science and Engineering and you don't have to live in the residence hall to be apart of it. It is a great way to get to know other people in your science classes and allows for the opportunity to start study groups! Try your best to attend SI sessions, they really do help! Don't be worried if you don't like your roommate! You can always switch! And finally, its important to get to know important people because good references come in handy! Planning your career is the biggest part of college and ISU has the biggest Career Fair in the Nation! And a terrific Careers department to suite your every need! Be a Cyclone and pursue your passions, whatever they may be! ISU provides an area for everyone! Whether it be Animal Science, Engineering, Design, Music, Theatre... there's always a place for you. Your Journey Starts Here!

    Tips for prospective students

    ISU is a great school and I suggest figuring out what you want to do so you know what classes to take! Also really research where you want to live and totally try and join the FREE learning communities that ISU provides. You will find that a lot of other universities charge for learning communities, up to $200! Also don't be afraid to take online courses or more than 14 credits! It can be done! I'm taking three online classes and 17.5 credits! Also find a job thats close to campus and convenient for your class schedule, there are plenty of opportunities. Apply for all the scholarships, the school offers a ton for freshmen and apply early! There's no college essay! And most importantly- don't be afraid to have healthy fun and meet tons on new people! Thats the best part!

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, tuition is expensive everywhere, but Iowa State's Financial Center totally gets that and provided me with enough coverage that I didn't have to take out any loans at all this year which is absolutely amazing! I am so grateful! There is also so much you can get with your money! Housing is cheap, food is cheap, and the meal plans are great! I got the 7 meal plan- its much easier to handle btw!! Your definitely putting your money in a great investment by attending ISU!

    Am enjoying being here

    Beside its breath taking scenery, ISU provides such an inviting environment that makes everyone feel at home and at ease. That is the main reason why I absolutely enjoy being here. ISU is a wonderful place to grow and small enough that a small town girl like me can still fit in without being bored by a too small of town. It's absolutely amazing the experiences you will have.

    Am learning a lot

    At Iowa State you are given the opportunity to follow you dreams and create others. You learn ALOT about yourself and alot about other people, and thats not even including the actual class work learning that you do. ISU gives you that opportunity to explore those classes that you've always been curious or wanting to learn more about. I might take an astrology class next semester, because I want to learn about the stars and I know that I can here.

  • 01/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, independent, fun-loving, unique, eager to learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions, ask them. Do a visit. Check out all of the opportunities available to you, and find your right fit! You have the chance to personalize your education, take advantage of it! There is no place as great as Iowa State, and we have a lot of unique things coming out of our campus!

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you pay for! A great education, mixed with a great social experience. Campus is beautiful as well! We have top research facilities, a great honors program, a fantastic academic services center, and plenty of opportunities! Iowa State is really a unique place!

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do! Especially if you get involved in some things that you love (which there is a club for EVERY interest) it will enhance your experience here! We have great restaurants in Ames, a mall, movie theaters, and always someone to enjoy them with! All very close to campus, with a bus system that runs to most of them!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging, but in a good way. You don't have the cookie cutter classes. You are in classes with people with similar interests as you, and will be making friends right away. You may have some classes of 300 or more, but it's not as scary as you think! Also, in those classes you generally meet once a week with a smaller section of 15-20 so you can ask questions and discuss what you're learning, enhancing your education.

  • 02/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey to come here, but nowadays every college is expensive. Iowa State has a lot of scholarship opportunities if you apply yourself, which has helped me out extremely.

    Am enjoying being here

    I came here not knowing anyone and I have had a blast meeting new people. I am away from home and I believe it is a great experience because it helps you become more independent.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class I am in i have learned a lot of information from the professors and the teaching assistants. It is very helpful that there are extra review sessions and office hours that you can go to to ask all the questions you have.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a free bus system that runs every day and takes you wherever you need to go in the city. Also, there is a free help van that will pick you up at night if you need to get across campus and have no one to walk with.

    What to do for fun

    Campustown, directly across the street from campus, is the main social hotspot. It has a ton of places to eat, clubs to go to, and places to hang out. However, don't forget about historic downtown and the gourmet cupcake emporium! As well as off campus activities, there are always on campus activities. There are free, recently released movies playing every weekend, sports events, bands, art classes, music classes, special late night activities (sometimes including hypnotists and other semi-famous people), and a lot more!

    Food and Dining

    Like most dining center foods, there is about a three week rotation, meaning that every third Tuesday is ravioli night, etc. But overall, the food quality is good. Everything is made fresh and comes from a lot of the local farms and areas in Iowa.

    Dorm Life

    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 other people who live around you. Be sure to meet the people on your floor. Who knows, they might be a super genius in the subject that you struggle with most!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take. There are classes that are super difficult (like physics and engineering courses) but they balance out with easier classes (such as orientation and general ed requirements).

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Whether it's joining clubs, sororities/fraternities, intramurals, or just going out with friends. The first few months are important in finding the people who can help you through everything that college life throws at you.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a beautiful campus during all seasons. The professors are all super helpful and encouraging. There is always something to do on campus.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students or business students or Design Students. I am in the design program and it is a fantastic program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is important when going to any college. Since you don't have class for 8 hours a day it's easy to slack on school work. Don't! Stay ahead in classes and you'll save yourself a stressful day in the future. Also if there is something you love to do or want to try do it. College is that chance and Iowa State has many chances for you to get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Being from out of state, I have to pay an extremely higher rate but Iowa State is worth it. I am getting so much out of my education here and have no doubt I will get a successful career when I'm done.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many people at Iowa State and numerous chances to get involved on campus. There are hundreds of clubs which give you a chance to meet new people. Everyone at ISU is friendly. The dorms are nice and have activities among floors and houses so people can interact. The dining halls have a great variety of food and is really good. The campus is really pretty and always kept clean. Campus buses can take you everywhere around Aimes which is really convenient.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors on campus are great at doing their jobs. I have learned so much with every new teacher I've had. They are there to help you so you can go talk to them and ask for help whenever you need them. They want their students to succeed and to learn so they do everything they can to make sure you learn as much as possible and get what you need from the course.

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is a great choice for anyone who is into engineering, art, design, any ROTC programs, people who want a larger campus with a small town feel, people who want to be challenged, and people who are looking to make lots of new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you attend ISU, join a learning community. Learning communities offer a great way to meet a group of new friends and have fun in a small classroom setting. Learning communities do serious stuff like how to prepare for the career fair and how to write a resume, but they also do funn stuff like make toothpick bridges and have pizza parties. The bus system at ISU is great, you can get just about anywhere you could ever need to go on Cyride. Food service at Iowa State is first class lots of good food all of the time.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is not kind on my wallet even with a nice scholarship and grant that ISU is giving me. But it is still worth it to go there.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing with lots of oppertunities to explore and have fun. Central campus is wide open and you can almost always find a game of ultimate frisbee or football going there. The recreation centers offer a good way to excersize when the weather is less than favorable. There are people from all over the world and everyone is nice.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are great and will take the time to talk with you if you have questions or just want to get to know them better.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you definitely come for a campus visit, it will give you that extra push to know that this is the school for you. Once you get here, make sure to check out everything available to you. There are loads of clubs, free movies, and fun classes you can take. My roommate and I took advantage of a belly dance class offered at the Memorial Union, it was certainly a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though I am paying in state tuition, it can still be difficult to make ends meet, although I honestly believe it is all worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only is the campus absolutely beautiful the people are just as lovely. Everyone here is nice and outgoing. I've only been here one semester and I have already made some great friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at Iowa State really try and help you out. I have already created a more friendship like relationship with some of them, always knowing that they are out there on my side, ready to help whenever I ask.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is such a large and diverse school, that everyone can feel at home here. Iowa State began as an Engineering and Agricultural college, and our roots really show throughout the school. For students pursuing careers in these fields should definitely check out Iowa State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Get involved. Get involved. I was a high school student who wanted nothing to do with extra curricular activities, but with over 500 student-run philanthropies, it's impossible NOT to find a club or sport that you click with. It's a great way to make friends, be apart of the campus, and it looks wonderful on your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    With endless possibilities, you're definitely getting your money's worth here at Iowa State. As a student, you get to ride the buses for free, which is really nice when you don't have a car, because the buses will literally take you everywhere. You also have the opportunity to look at majors throughout six different colleges Iowa State hosts. There's a nightclub that's right on campus, along with a bowling alley that has $1 bowling. You really can't go wrong here.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so large, and there are so many people, that the first few days are a little overwhelming, however, when you get past those few days, you almost forget about home. You can never be bored here on campus. We have so many organizations, clubs, opportunities, and not to mention, a great campus-town. You'll really have a lot of fun here at Iowa State.

    Am learning a lot

    Iowa State is filled with endless amounts of possibilities to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. I can take an interior design class one hour, and accounting the next, because this school doesn't limit me to my major. I love being able to learn what I want, even if it's not relevant to my major.

  • 11/05/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ISU is great for highly motivated students, since this is an information and technology university there is lots of innovative concepts developing here, so if you are entrepreneurial or merely ambitious, Iowa State is the school for you. Iowa State is great for many types of students, proved by our community of students being diverse. COME TO IOWA STATE AND BE A PROUD CYCLONE!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the requirements for whatever program of study you are interested in and map out what it would take for you to graduate in four years--Iowa State is good at trying to move people through their programs on an acceptable time table. Also be open-minded and willing to change--you will almost undoubtedly change your mind about what you want to do with your life while in college. Iowa State is awesome for that because it is not a school that only has a certain program of study, there are many programs, and you can even create your own program of study!

    Bang for the buck

    For out-of-state students ISU has the potential of being a bit expensive, but with good grades and extracurricular activities, there are many scholarships available that can bring tuition costs back down toward in-state tuition. I have the opportunity to take classes with some well-known and respected professors, as well as the chance to be a part of one of the oldest and best Journalism Schools in the nation.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment is great. The campus is gorgeous and people are friendly and nice. There are many activities to get involved in, on and off campus, which helps to enhance the experience that college can provide. I'm far away from home, but with the internet I can still be connected to friends and family throughout the world. It is easy to meet new people and befriend them--there is always someone new to meet, which helps to make Ames a great place to be. The campus isn't huge, but it's not super small either--it's a great combination of 'city' life and country life.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many highly qualified professors who provide good and unique insights into the subjects they are teaching. Their enthusiasm for their subjects is evident and transfers to the students. There are many courses that seem unrelated, but after learning about the topics, you find ways to have them be 'connected,' which makes learning about them far more interesting. I'm learning not only about academic topics, but also about myself as I'm becoming more independent and finding the skills useful for the 'real world.'

  • 11/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a large school where you can make a lot of new friends and where there is plenty to do, Iowa State is a good choice. I would also suggest that if you are planning on going into an engineering or agriculture major, Iowa State is a great choice. I myself am an animal science- pre-vet major, and have found that the curriculum is great. Iowa State also provides students with job and internship opportunities with their number one ranked College of Agriculture and Life Sciences job fair. Also, if you are looking to travel, Iowa State really tries to push students to study abroad at least once during their time in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on coming to Iowa State, I would suggest that you get involved. With the huge amount of clubs and extracurricular activities, it's easy to find something that you like. Also, getting involved will look good on your resume along with giving you fun things to do in your free time.

    Bang for the buck

    I actually chose Iowa State because it was the cheapest college that I wanted to go to, especially with in-state tuition. It is also a really nice campus with programs in agriculture and engineering that are ranked in the top of the nation. Iowa State also provides many different facilities and resources for student needs, like the Lied Recreation Center and the Student Health Center.

    Am enjoying being here

    Iowa State has things to do for everyone. It has over 200 clubs and many different extracurricular activities like broom ball and football. I myself am in mountaineering club, students helping research animals club, pre-vet club, and block and bridle club. Iowa State also has a beautiful campus and provides almost any service you would need. They also have scheduled events every week, including game nights, movie nights, and shows. Football games are also a big deal here in case your a football fan. Being in Ames is also nice since the city really accommodates for all of the college students.

    Am learning a lot

    Personally, I have learned a lot at Iowa State. All of the teachers that I have make sure that students are understanding what is taught in class. Even if you are having problems learning in class, teachers are willing to talk with you after class or during their office hours. You do not just learn the skills for your future career at Iowa State either. Some of the classes that I am taking have really opened my eyes to many of the problems in society, like issues in class and race. You will have no problem learning at Iowa State if you choose this school.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students will find Iowa State has much to offer. However, I would definitely not limit it to just engineering, ISU has a fantastic Vet program and a little bit for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Iowa State is definitely a big school. Find a few things that you are passionate about and do them. Don't spread yourself too thin because other aspects of your life may suffer.

    Bang for the buck

    ISU definitely has a lot to offer to anyone who comes to the university. The professors want to help their students do well. There is a club for almost everything.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being on the campus. It's like its own little community. You never know who you will end up being friends with. It is your chance to be who you really want to be since no one really knows who you were.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the classes I took last semester covered the same topics of classes that I took as Advanced Placement classes in high school. However, we went over topics faster and actually went more in depth. I was able to see the same thing that I had learned in a new light taught by someone else.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 250

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    Great for these types of students

    Almost anyone. There are so many different opportunities that students have, it's hard not to find your place here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit to see if it feels right. Think of yourself on campus, it really helps. When you're here, get involved. Destination Iowa State is a program held for freshman before classes start and it's a great way to meet people who live near you and figure out a little more how things work. Meet your professors, especially in small classes. They love getting to know their students too, and it makes it easier if you need help with anything, like the class, or references later on.

    Bang for the buck

    Rising prices make things difficult, but since it's a state school, it's still a lot cheaper that somewhere else. For in-state the price is great, and there are so many great things about the school that make the price worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is great. It's super pretty, and big, but not too big. There is a bus system that goes all over campus and into Ames that is free for students, so getting to class is even easier. There are so many different clubs too; at the beginning of each semester there is a Club Fest where tons of groups display what they have to offer.

    Am learning a lot

    Iowa State is a great school. There's a huge selection of majors and classes to take, it's almost hard to fit it all in 4 years. Some majors, like Design or engineering are a lot of work, but most of the people I know completely love it. Some people don't like the lecture classes because there are so many people, but those classes are actually really awesome. Because there are no make-up tests, teachers often drop the lowest test score, and there are sometimes extra credit options. Lecture classes are also nice because you can choose to learn the material, the professor doesn't force you to learn. The classes challenge you.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 250

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know students around the university! I'm sure you will find some friends and make new ones. You will never have issues getting through class if you try.

    Bang for the buck

    While the cost isn't the lowest, it isn't the highest. The education here is one of the top-rated for my fields even though it was just started but not a few years ago!

    Am enjoying being here

    The scenery with the trees and the center clock tower is a sight to behold. There is nothing that compares to it. It is as lovely as any place can be.

    Am learning a lot

    The universities layout is simply ingenious, and takes no skill at all to figure out where things are. The first day will be without a breeze, the students are caring and helpful. The professors enjoy their job.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 250

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    Clubs and Activities

    If you think of something, there is probably a club or activity that goes with it here. Sign up for a bunch and don't be afraid to try new things.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your friends, head down to Lincoln way or take the bus (Cyride) to downtown Ames.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and there is a wide variety that they change so that you're not eating the same thing every day.

    Dorm Life

    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 that you'll have for the next 4 years. Don't play video games ALL day! Get out and interact with your neighbors. It majes the college experience so much more fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The pace is faster then high school but the teachers go over the material in such a way that you don't feel lost or confused. If do feel lost and confused, the teachers are very friendly and willing to help you succeed. There is also Supplemental Instruction (SI) where upper class students go over the material covered to help explain the concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take tours of campus to get a feel for it. Even take tours during different seasons to sense of what you'll have to live in.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is amazing. The people here are always friendly and helpful. The campus is small enough that walking every where is very feasible but it is large enough that there are always new areas to explore.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 250

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a super safe feel, and public safety is always driving around if they are needed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very different then a lot of sororities and fraternities. There are so many fraternities and sororities that the recruitment opportunities really help you find a house that fits you! Each house has their own national philanthropy, meaning that they raise money every semester to give to that charity! They all have beautiful houses, and their are also fraternities and sororities that don't have houses so you can have the family feel but not have to pay house dues or live in house.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ISU has a very outgoing greek life! Yell Like Hell is a competition before homecoming that the sororities and fraternities pair up and create a crazy skit with cheers and chants talking about ISU! The performances are on central campus and after making second cuts those pairing get to be painted head to toe in red and yellow paint! It's fun to participate in and entertaining to watch! There is also lawn displays which a Fraternity and their pairing will create this huge stage on their lawn and put on a 10 minute skit for the public or anyone who wants to see it! There is a tradition about kissing under the campanile. If you kiss someone under the campanile at midnight then you are supposed to be together forever, or something of that nature.

    What to do for fun

    ISU has a wonderful green in front of the Campanile that can be used to play frisbee, football or hang out in the sun, read a book, what ever you wish to use it for. There are always performances going on in the CY auditorium. There is free performances and movies playing in the Memorial Union Building. You can just hang out in your dorm with friends or go out partying. One thing that is Huge at ISU is the football games! Everyone goes and the student section is so much fun! We love supporting our team and singing our school song!

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! The dining centers spend a lot of time working on different foods and the variety is great! If the dining center is closed then the C-Store will be open and have smoothies, made to order sandwiches, frozen food, and lots of other wonderful random food/refreshments! The Union Drive dorms also have access to Clyde's dining, which is more grill and pizza! It's delicious! So in other words you will never go starving.

    Dorm Life

    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 quiet dorm life on your floor. If all your friends are on the floor below you or above you it is easy to take the stairs and hang out there. The learning communities, and houses are a good way to get to know the people in your hallway! You have meetings and events just to chill out with your neighbors! If you don't like your roommate it is EASY to switch and/or politely ask them to switch! If you know who and where you want to dorm with you have to option to sign up with them and where when signing your forming contract.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor really depends on the professor and what class you are taking. Biology and Chemistry have difficult tests and lots of reading, but other classes like dance and some english classes have less homework levels and easier grading. It all depends on your major and what you enjoy doing!

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I would have to tell prospective students is that they will never get bored at ISU! There are uncountable opportunities! Whether looking for clubs, volunteering, greek life, or just someone to study with there is always someone about doing something. Don't be afraid of big lecture halls! There maybe a few hundred students in each class but if you have a question, raise your hand and the professor will answer it. If you don't get a chance to during class most professors stay after class to answer questions and also have office hours and you can email them too! Most professors also put up their powerpoint slides online so you can access them as well.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a large university with the small college feel. It has many students but everywhere I go, I see people I know, and that are in my classes. Everyone is very nice and the professors know what they are teaching.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 250

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    Campus Safety

    iowa state campus unique. unlike many other large schools, isu campus has its separate area within the town of ames. the campus is confined and extremely safe for walkers, joggers, and bikers and anytime of day. there are many light posts that light up each and every sidewalk throughout campus. isu also has the convenience of the help van. this is a service from the isu police and this number should be programmed into every students phone. at any time, if you have any problem, call help van! they have vans circling campus all the time to pick you up and give you a lift.

    Greek Life

    the greek life at iowa state is very large. there are many fraternities and sororities to join. some focus primarily on academics, while others specialize in volunteer work and giving back to our community. greek life is another fabulous way to get involved in exciting opportunities at isu and meet more wonderful people.

    Clubs and Activities

    iowa state has thousands of clubs. each year they come together to host club fest. all students are invited free of charge to come see what each club has to offer. you can visit each club's booth, pick up any brochures with further information, and possibly snag some free gifts! club fest always opens my eyes to many new clubs that i hadn't thought existed. its an opportunity to try new things and meet more awesome people.

    Great for these types of students

    there are activities on campus for everyone and anyone! if you are worried you will not fit in, worry no more. there is a niche here for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus has many fun traditions. the campus is known for its large campanile tower that sounds bells on the hour and plays popular songs during celebrations. campaniling is a special tradition on campus that consists of taking your loved one to kiss under the campanile. this deems you a 'true iowa stater.' there is also the zodiac imprinted onto the lobby floor of the memorial union. the tradition is to walk around it and never across it, for superstition that you may fail your next exam. lastly, the swans of lake laverne are a must see at isu! their names are lancelot and elaine, and they are very used to the students on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    i am from out of state, and hesitated to leave home, but i could not be any happier with my decision to come to isu.

    What to do for fun

    join one of the thousands of clubs put together by students at isu! there is a club for anything that interests you! and, in the off chance that there is not, you can start your own! intramural sports are also extremely popular on campus. win a free t-shirt in the championship! iowa state also provides free late night activities, such as; bingo, bowling, crafts, and free movies!

    Food and Dining

    the food quality on campus is amazing. there are many restaurants and convenience stores (c-stores) located throughout campus. most food can be purchased using dining dollars that can be added to your isu card, so that you do not need to bring money to campus. our udcc dining hall is a must see! also, stop in to the hub and caribou coffee on central campus for a great lunch or study spot!

    Dorm Life

    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 dorms throughout their sophomore, junior and sometimes senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    the programs at isu are top of the line. while many of the courses may be rigorous, the professors and staff truly care about your learning experience. they make time to meet with you when you need further help. the college also provides many opportunities to help your education, such as; tutor services, review sessions, and supplemental instruction.

    Tips for prospective students

    as a prospective student, i would suggest touring the campus! it is absolutely gorgeous. don't be afraid to ask anyone (especially students) questions about isu. also, attend an isu sporting event or performance while in town. you can only truly understand hilton magic, or the power of the jack trice stadium if you participate!

    In three sentences

    iowa state university has exceeded my expectations in many ways. they have proven to have top notch professors who are willing to take time out of their lives to help students learn. the campus is inviting, and the students come together to make isu feel like a family!

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 250

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a shop at the Memorial Union called the M-Shop where students can attend live performances by a diverse line of bands.

    Bang for the buck

    Students will not regret attending this school. It is an experince

    What to do for fun

    There is a variety of different clubs, activities, and opportunities on campus for students to become involved. The University features two on campus recreational centers for working out and other sports. Most housing has a commons with ping pong, and billiard tables. There is a collection of stores, coffee houses and restaurants located in campus town. There is a free movie theater that shows movies a few months after they have circulated through the theaters. Along with movies, there is a bowling ally located in the Memorial Union on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Dining on campus is hard to understand at first. Students can attain a meal plan under which they have a set amount of meals along with dinning dollars to be used for smaller items at shops on campus. The university sports a large amount if faculty, staff, and students, which is not a big problem but their are occasionally long lines. A little known fact is that meal plans include guest meals for visiting family etc.

    Dorm Life

    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 within its self. The university allows students to take varied leadership roles within these floor communities. This is a fantastic system; however its effects are ruined easily on a floor with a lot of people who aren't all team players.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor can be a handful. The university wants its students to become professional in whatever they choose to pursue. They have time consuming courses specific to different degrees, along with a healthy amount of electives allowing students to choose their adventure at Iowa State. There are many different systems in place to help students achieve academically: such as learning communities, tutors, and helpful academic advisers. Students will get what they put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transportation is not a big deal on campus. At most it should only take a student in one corner of campus twenty minutes to walk to the opposite corner. That said, many students choose to bring a bike. There is also a bus system, free to student,s that goes all over campus and to a downtown shopping district for all shopping needs. As far as bringing a personal car, freshman are allowed to have a car. Finding parking for that car is up to the student. After registering with the university students receive different parking permits. Some students choose to register for the cheep stadium parking. This option can create a hassle because it is very time consuming to get to.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a warm, student oriented, institution dedicated to the development of professionalism. Campus offers a staggering amount of diverse opportunities and clubs. On a scale of one to five it earns a four and one half.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 250

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    Campus Safety

    I feel super safe on campus, there are always police on patrol around campus.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek Life but not enough to say that they rule the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Multiple! You can find any club to fit your personality.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type actually, there are lots of groups and clubs for anyone to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth it! You get what you pay for, that is for sure!

    What to do for fun

    Multiple rec centers, movies, ice skating rink, SPORTS GAMES and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options! Can go and have something different everyday.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard, but they challenge you to do better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some majors are easy and some are hard, be prepared for whichever you choose. Get good study habits early, they are hard to develop later. Join clubs and volunteer EARLY or else you will regret it later.

    In three sentences

    Great college, love the atmosphere and the campus is great. Sometimes feels as though they take money for the littlest things. Classes are good and somewhat challenging and the teacher to student ratio is decent.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 250

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA-- big awesome festival, I highly recommend visiting at this time.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good about scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, or to the union. There's bowling, an arcade, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus, and you're going to have to accept very cold weather.

    In three sentences

    Great food, and people. The campus is a great layout, easy to walk everywhere, even campustown. Campustown doesn't have a lot of great stuff, mostly bars and tattoo shops BUT, parking at this school is amazing, and the downtown area, just a very short drive, is AWESOME.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 29 of 250

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    Campus Safety

    Buddy system is huge, usually the security cannot get there in time if something does happens so many people use the buddy system to stay safe throughout the night, as well as other people walking around will help if they see you're in trouble.

    Greek Life

    Very popular and many people are in it, it is not for everyone, but many people find joy in having a brotherhood to go back to after classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club out of the gate. Personally being on the waterski team has been an amazing experience for me. Everyone is there to help you, have fun and get you away from the stresses of school.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are nice and kind hearted whom want to meet people and be an individual will thrive here, while those whom are dependent on Professors and parent figured do not stand much of a chance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campiling (Kissing under the clock tower at midnight), Rush week (Greek), Homecoming partying, Veisha

    Bang for the buck

    The college is overpriced for the education. The Professors are terrible and your education is based on how well you yourself can learn the material, so not much bang for your buck, but the experience is there for the money.

    What to do for fun

    Everyone wants to have fun, you can do anything from meeting people on the streets, to staying in and watching a movie. Not many people will say no to doing an activity with you and a lot of people are social butterflies to spent time with anyone.

    Food and Dining

    Touring they amp up the food for the guests and the students know what days to hit the dining centers for the best grub. Otherwise food is bland but those in apartments have great meals from the grocery stores around the area.

    Dorm Life

    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. After about a month dorm life becomes so much like home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard when you read through the books, but the professors (some excluded) are not very helpful. If you study and get your homework done, you'll do great, just don't let the distractions take you over.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends of all sorts out of the gate. Everyone is nice in the best way possible showing Mid-west hospitality and can help you have fun and learn in every aspect you may need for college and your future.

    In three sentences

    With the help of the amazing friends you will make here, you'll do great, but with no help from the professors and not being able to understand the Teachers Aids, you'll become independent very quickly and be able to learn on your own very fast.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe university. Iowa State even provides their own Help Safety Police Vans, in order to pick up any student on campus within 15 minutes or sooner when they call.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs to join - Iowa State even has something called Clubfest, where lots of booths are set up and all different clubs try to entice you to join them. Activities such as intramural sports are going on almost constantly throughout the school year. Intramural t-shirts are also a highly respected and very special prize to win.

    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State University is great for any types of students, seeing as how it offers so many different majors to their students. Not to mention it is open to international students as well. Altogether, it is a place full of diversity, where everyone learns to find their own place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition every does during Homecoming and VEISHEA is campaniling. You meet someone under the campanile on Central Campus and kiss them at midnight! Also, eating a cherry pie during VEISHEA is a must. Another, more interesting tradition that students partake in, is called the Curtiss to Beardshear run. Starting at Curtiss, when the campanile strikes twelve, you run across Central Campus as fast as you can to the doors of Beardshear in order to make it by the 12th chime. Oh, and you have to do it nude.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much fun and a lot of variety, so anyone can enjoy themselves! You could participate in intramural sports - competitive or not - such as basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, battleship, table tennis, and so much more. There is usually some entertainment provided at Memorial Union also. Lot of times, students find random, fun things to do with their friends also, if it is just taking a walk to explore some new parts of campus, doing something fun outside - when the weather is nice - or exercising at one of the amazing gyms.

    Food and Dining

    Iowa State has 4 main dining centers, as well as other little shops on campus, and C-stores if you are in a hurry. No matter if you have time to sit down or are on the go, they will have something that fits your needs. They serve a variety of foods in dining centers, ranging from a healthy salad, sandwiches, Italian, and more. It is pretty delicious too. Students have a hard time finding a spot to sit most of the time because the dining centers are always full of people and full of good food.

    Dorm Life

    I really like the dorm life. It's a great way to meet people - maybe even your best friends. They can be pretty tight headquarters, but you learn to deal with the space. Dorms are pretty friendly environments as well; lots of welcoming people.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the person, but I highly recommend you study and work hard in order to earn good grades. I know I had to put a lot of time in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized and learn about time management! Also, focus on your grades and academics, especially right away, and feel proud of your study habits. With good grades, you will feel accomplished because that is what you are at college to do.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a big, beautiful campus, and although you may feel like a stranger among a lot of different faces, it is easy to make friends in no time. The university also provides a whole bunch of activites and things to do, so you will never be bored. It is a great place to find your own adventure, find your new friends, and, most importantly, find yourself.

  • 07/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 250

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'm assuming the university has high campus safety ratings, because it's located in a small town and the crime rate is low.

    Clubs and Activities

    ROTC at this university is among the very best in the nation. Eh, their football team isn't bad either.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great university for someone who wants a challenge, but also wants to enjoy college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing...

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive, but there are a lot of scholarships and financial aid to help subsidize the costs.

    What to do for fun

    ROTC, Clubs, etc.. I guess I'll find out.

    Food and Dining

    It has to be better than High School dining right!

    Dorm Life

    Watching You-tube Iowa State University videos, I expect an awesome college dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Well I'm assuming the academics are hard because the university is nationally ranked. It's not Ivy League hard though, still I might be wrong

    Tips for prospective students

    It's only my first college acceptance so far, and I'm not even a full fledged senior yet. From I've learned thus far, just do every single thing you can in high school. Volunteer for everything, and don't be stingy on tasks. Be in every club that you can be in, and take every extraneous class you can take whether you're good at the subject or not. Find something your good at extracurricular wise, and stick to it. Mine was JROTC, and my accomplishments in that program have won me a bunch of brownie points. Bottom line... Achieve all that you can, and strive for everything that you want.

    In three sentences

    It's a top notch campus, among the best universities in the nation. The campus is beautiful from what I've seen in their pictures. The people are friendly and welcoming.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 250

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    Great for these types of students

    do every piece of homework you are given, but still have time for yourself!

    Tips for prospective students

    go on a campus vist and look up your professors

    Bang for the buck

    exspensive, but worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVe iowa state, the animal science professors are fun and easy to talk to, and the classes are great!

    Am learning a lot

    definetly

  • 01/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are hard workers and are self-motivated. Since the classes are pretty large, you need to be able to succeed without as much individual attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take a lot of real hard classes your first semester... limit yourself. I took 12.5 credits my first semester, and it definitely made the transition easier. Also, if available, utilize your peer mentor. They are very helpful and really want to be there for you!

    Bang for the buck

    It is sort of expensive here. It's not as expensive as a private school, and much more expensive than community college. I think it's right about in the middle.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and so many of the teachers are so nice. They make it very easy to get along here. I am from a very small school, and the transition was very easy, thanks to everyone here at Iowa State.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the teachers at Iowa State make classes easy, fun, and exciting. However, some of the classes are extremely challenging. Most of the general science classes, such as Biology 211 and 212, and Chemistry 177 and 178, and very difficult. A lot of the electives teach me a lot and I really enjoy taking them.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    - Engineers - Design students - International students

    Tips for prospective students

    - Live in the dorms freshman and sophomore years! - Get a job; on campus jobs pay more than minimum wage in some venues - Try things you have never tried or maybe don't think you would like at first, but have been intrigued by - Stock up on Cardinal and Gold colored apparel for school spirit and football games

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, the tuition is a little bit hefty. Out of state students pay about twice as much in tuition as Iowa natives pay, which is not as attractive. However, ISU offers lots of scholarships, grants, and loan opportunities. Although it is a little pricey if don't have Iowa residency, the opportunities offered at ISU make this college worthwhile for out of state students.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many opportunities at ISU! With over 800 clubs and organizations, the option of living on campus in the dormitories, and the centrality of the location in the city of Ames, there is so much to do. I highly recommend dorm life, at least for the first two years, because it gives you the chance to meet new people, interact in different situations, and establish a group of friends with whom you can try new things together! In addition to being an amazing social experience, ISU is great academically and aesthetically. The professors care about their students, the programs of study are extensive and challenging, and the campus is beautiful. There are so many resources made available to students, which makes attending school here at ISU a great experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Iowa State has some of the best professors that I have worked with; almost all of my professors have been engaging, are passionate about what they teach, and invest in the students. Especially in the smaller classroom setting, there is a lot of personalized attention and respect between teacher and student. However, instructors offer lots of resources for students seeking extra help where individual assistence in class is not available (such as in the larger lecture halls). There are accessible Teacher's Assistants, learning labs, Supplemental Instruction sessions, and office hours. The quality of instruction is excellent, and I am definitely learning a lot.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering Students

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus Join the mailing list Apply to Iowa State University Like Iowa State University on Facebook Ask questions to current students and past students Visit the website www.iastate.edu

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University has lots of scholarships to offer and is flexible towards payment options such as: monthly payments, semester payments, or how many weeks your family wishes to pay for your education.

    Will enjoy being here

    The school has over 800 student clubs and organizations to join and participate. Even if you don't find a club that you wish to join you can create one yourself and the school will help.

    Will learn a lot

    The engineering department is one of the best in the country and is one of the most valued engineering educations according to the Princeton Review.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All students can do well and succeed at Iowa State. As long as you can put in the time when it's needed, you will do well. Sometimes you have to work harder than others, but it's only good experience for the rest of your life. As long as you stay on top of homework and are not afraid to come to teachers with problems, you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get plugged in with something right away. A club, group, whatever. You will not be disappointed by the people you get to meet and the experiences you will be able to have. -Find a job. It's easy to think that all your time will be taken up by homework and class, but really, it's not. You will find yourself with more time than you know what to do with. There are many places to work on and off campus, and most pay above minimum wage. Also, it's a good way of staying busy, yet productive. And who can be disappointed when the paychecks come in! -Talk to your teachers the first day of class: form a relationship with them right away. They basically become your parents in a lot of things, and many have great stories or experience they can share with you. Plus, it can help when the time comes to start looking for a job, since most teachers are still in contact with others in their field.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is pricey, there's no doubt. However, there are numerous scholarships, grants, and financial aid available for those who need it. Iowa State strives to make its high level of education accessible to all, and if you're in need, the folks in Financial Aid will do their best to make sure coming here doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

    Am enjoying being here

    ISU is one of the best places to be! There is always something going on. The Memorial Union is constantly holding events, from social dances to fun competitions, hypnotists to movie nights, even free nachos! The Underground, located in the basement of the MU, is another place that is always busy. Bowling, arcade games, pool, you name it! There are also more groups, clubs, and organizations than can easily be named here, so there is no reason to be bored. You can go Greek, join a service club, or join the rock climbing club. Always something happening, from discussing your favorite anime or even gaining valuable experience with the campus news station and being a part of Newswatch 18, which is broadcast on the local cable network. And if you're not in the most socially active of moods, we have something for you too. Lake Laverne is a beautiful place to sit and watch the swans. Or you can go out to Central Campus by the Campanile and sit and read a book on the lawn. Or tour campus to look at all of the various sculptures and memorials. To sum it up, no matter what you wanna do, Iowa State has it!

    Am learning a lot

    It doesn't matter which degree you pursue, Iowa State has you covered. From Journalism to Advertising to Engineering and Vocal Performance, Iowa State has it all. Classes are taught by the best, with most, such as many Anthropology, TESL, and Journalism, among others , taught by active contributors to the field, who are able to impart insider knowledge to their students. TAs are utilized with lecture classes and recitations to ensure that all students get the attention and intentional guidance they need. With classes from the 100 to the Graduate level, there is always someway to be challenging yourself with your studies. Internships in most majors are highly encouraged, and teachers are always glad to talk to students about their future in the field. All in all, Iowa State is a university that cares.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are naturally inquizative or enjoy getting involved in a variety of activities. The more you starve for adventure or exploration the better. But really whoever you are, whatever your interested in- there will be someone like you here. Everyone fits in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy all of the traditions on campus, such as mass campaniling and avoid stepping on the zodiac, and don't be scared to get involved, ask for help, or to try something for the first time!

    Bang for the buck

    If you make yourself known amungst the teachers such as exceling academically or showing up at office hours needing more help, the professors really invest time right back into you! They are so helpful and will help you in either understanding the concepts or in the future when your job helping. The teachers are absolutely worth the money the receive!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am for sure enjoying the time I have spent here. It is a big town with a small town feel! Everyone is very welcoming and friendly... I mean EVERYONE. The experiences from volunteering during VEISHEA to being on student council are priceless and you couldn't have a better time doing it!

    Am learning a lot

    The learning styles vary from course to course and from major to major; you could be outside, off campus, or having a heated debate over a commercial in advertising classes! Not only have I learned a lot academically but the rumors are true about Iowa State- they do encourage you to become a well rounded person by getting involved. When you pay for tuition here, you are paying for life lessons and academics that you could not imagine until you... enjoy your adventure at Iowa State. :)

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely join an extracurricular. Get out and meet tons of new people, whether it's a club, an intramural sport, or just a study group. Make sure to mix in some fun with all your hard work!

    Bang for the buck

    It is kind of expensive for a state school, but if you do your work and stay focused, the University's scholarships can usually cover most of the costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Ames, IA! It is truly a college town and everything is geared toward the low-income college student with a newly discovered freedom to get out in the world as adults.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my professors are very helpful and informative, but students in the classrooms are also a good source of information, so when discussion is promoted, take advantage of it.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bring too much stuff when you move in. Being crammed is a pain, and having extra space is hard to find in College. Be conscious of what you are bringing, and if you really need it. When it comes to meal plans be sure to consider Dining Dollars, and having extra cash since many students lose interest in the dining facilities that the meals plan gets you into.

    Bang for the buck

    You get every bit of higher education you pay for. Iowa State is kind of expensive if your out of state, but it is priced better than The colleges it compared with. The resources you will have at Iowa State is worth every penny. If your looking for value, then you will spend your money well here.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people at Iowa State from employee to student are kind people. If you found yourself lost on campus, I would guarantee the first person you asked help from would lead you in the right direction. The campus is beautiful. I dare anyone to find a more colorful and breath-taking sight than Iowa State's central campus in the Fall.

    Am learning a lot

    I couldn't find a place more motivated to advance the mental strength of their students. They focus on making dynamic study environments and provide endless opportunities for success. The Library is divided in to areas Tailored to multiple different study needs. All professor are required to keep office hours to help students and many of them will make time that works well for your personal needs. They even record some lectures should you accidentally miss class one day.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who want the large campus, but with a smaller college feel. Engineering students, art students, people seeking academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid Welch Avenue after football games, during Homecoming, and during VEISHEA - there tend to be many rowdy people there. Do participate in clubs, and in residence hall life. Do check out all of the different things to do on campus during VEISHEA week.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is a bit steep. I have a couple of scholarships, and it's still tough. But I absolutely love going to ISU, so I'm still trying to make it work.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is beautiful, the professors are intelligent, and the classmates can be really fun. Being involved with clubs is a great way to get to know people, even for introverts like me! Although ISU is a large school with many thousands of students, getting involved in clubs and in your major can make it seem like a much smaller place.

    Am learning a lot

    Iowa State has a lot to offer academically. The variety of majors and minors, plus the 700+ clubs make it possible to pursue any and all interests you may have. Also: try something new, be it a class or a club. It will be well worth it to broaden your educational horizons from your major.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any kind!

    Tips for prospective students

    Step up and take advantage of the resources that are offered. They're offered for a reason - to help you out! Organize and manage your time carefully! Get involved! You'll meet people who like what you like, and you'll have a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    As a state school, the cost is totally worth it. You get all the benefits of a bigger university with the feel of a smaller one because of the centralized campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The experience is amazing. ISU is definitely my home away from home. There are so many opportunities to find your place and to meet new people who share common interests and goals.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are great and you get out what you put into them.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I'm am loving the campus! I'm starting as a Freshman this August 2011. Though I haven't started, students there for summer classes were helpful and informative, as were the professors at orientation. I can't Wait to attend!

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    engineering and agriculture.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a campus tour before considering. talk to an advisor about your goals and see if it's a good fit for you.

    Bang for the buck

    having to pay out of state tuition is not easy. i am very satisfied with my learning experience and the opportunities i have available.so overall,the price is well worth the education i am receiving.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. Beautiful campus,great support group and their academic programs are what I needed.

    Academic Rigor

    i am currently a sophomore majoring in dairy science and taking pre-vet classes. i am learning and growing more towards my degree.

  • 09/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Active, Social Geeks

    Bang for the buck

    ISU being a state school and all is pretty cheap especially for an in-state student like myself and with the quality of the education you get there it's a huge bargain.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not only is it a beautiful campus, I have at least a dozen friends going to ISU so it's sure to be a blast.

    Will learn a lot

    I've heard nothing but good things about their Engineering department and that's where I'm planning on being. I look forward to a great quality education.

  • 09/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    The learning environment and the social scene at Iowa State is said to be fantastic. The school offers many resources for any student who is willing to spend time and look for the opportunities at hand. Many of the students that I know that attend ISU have told me it is a challenge. Although it is a challenge, this college is willing to help you get through it. They offer many forms of assistance such as: tutors, help sessions, study tips, workshops and many helpful people on the campus. Those are just a few of the reasons that I am interested in attending ISU. I know I will benefit and be able to take what I learn and apply it in a real-world situation.

  • 10/23/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I'm an introvert and need to feel like I belong somewhere before I can begin to feel like I fit in, I definitely felt like I belonged here.

    Bang for the buck

    They have good tuition for out of staters like myself, and special discounts for NE residents.

    Will enjoy being here

    IA State is one of my top schools, and the campus is gorgeous. I am visiting again and looking forward to it. It's all really compacted, so walking around isn't a hassle and the community that surrounds feels natural, like they want to see you in the future there.

    Will learn a lot

    I don't know, but I'm hoping I learn tons.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student has been seen on the campus sidewalks and in the classrooms. If you are a student, it is great for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The sooner you realize that you have to work hard to earn an education, the better.

    Bang for the buck

    The institution is more expensive than average, but it is mostly worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and justly awarded high honors each year. There isn't much quite like walking to class under the Fall trees with leaves to match our school colors-cardinal and gold!

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the instructors are experts in their fields, but there are some bad ones that have slipped through the cracks. The upper level courses usually have better instructors that challenge you (in a good way).

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students looking for a big school with a variety of programs. Although you may need to look for the right things for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find as many scholarships as possible. They can be really useful. Also walk around the dorms and meet people. That is the best way to make friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state is very expensive. Although it is a terrific school you always here how the different departments are trying to save money. So far I've always been able to talk to the teachers and ask questions. However, the initial cost makes me a little hesitant.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. I have made some really good friends to hang out with. The opportunities offered here are amazing. Such as Study abroad and extra curricular activities. The campus is beautiful and it is great to walk through when you're going to class.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes I am learning a lot. The classes are very well laid out. Just make sure you make it to class. ,

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State University is a great place for students who are independent and really want to be immersed into a caring community. The atmosphere is very warm, but to some it may be a little overbearing. Also, it is perfect for any students who like a quiet and quaint place that is a good environment for studying and social ideas during the week but is still full of good, clean, fun on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend for any student going to college to start planning out what you need for college before the end of your senior year so that you can look for deals and sales to get what you would need. I also suggest visiting the campus of the schools that you may be applying to, sitting in on classes and even staying with someone on the campus in order to get a real view about what living on campus would really be like. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is to do what is best for each student. It is the student's decision where they go to school and what they do with their education and future goals, and although parents can influence their children, the ultimate decision must be made by the student.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State tuition and room and board is like most schools, expensive. Although it is cheaper than some schools in the nation, I definitely feel as though I am paying for what I am getting. I am receiving a great education that will benefit me in the future and the dorms on campus are very neat and kept clean. Also, I cannot complain about the food on campus, at all. There are a lot of different options for food so that you do not have to eat the same things every day. Also, the bus system, called the Cyride, is very convenient to use to get around all of campus, Ames and some places outside of Ames. Overall the campus is very conducive for students and a great place to live.

    Am enjoying being here

    At Iowa State I really feel at home. The community environment is very welcoming and all of the people there are so friendly. Also, there are a lot of different opportunities offered in order to meet new people and to really become a part of the Ames community. For some it may be a bit of a strange culture shock.

    Am learning a lot

    At Iowa State I can definitely say that I am learning a lot. I took some college classes in high school but I was nowhere near prepared for what I was about to get myself into. However at Iowa State there are many programs, groups, and people willing to help with homework, test preparation and anything else that a student may need.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are undecided on majors; there's something for everyone here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared academically and financially; this is a college. Also, be open minded. ISU is a wonderful campus to find yourself(and other people), only if you are willing to try new things.

    Bang for the buck

    ISU can be a little pricey, especially if you come from out of state, which I do. There aren't very many scholorships available for out of state students, so it has been pretty tough to pay of my bills.

    Am enjoying being here

    Iowa State is a very active campus. It's very easy to find something you enjoy here with 800+ clubs and organizations.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot of incredible things here at ISU. The professors here really care about the courses they teach, as well as the students they teach it to.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students with a real passion for learning will love ISU, Iowa State is set up as a students' school. The freedom to pick where you want to live, what you want to study, what you want to do is incredible. Independent students will love ISU.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's something for everyone at Iowa State, you just need to look for it. There's over 800 clubs, sports, amazing facilities, learning communities and a great campus for spending free time on. Find what you're interested in and take it that much farther.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for an out of state student is a little expensive, however compared to the other universities I've visited that are ranked at the the same cost, ISU is giving their students back the most by far.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is designed for the students. It's in a nice sized town with a great bus system to take you wherever you want to go. Teachers love to teach here, the opportunities are endless. The dorms are comfortable, the students friendly and the food is off the charts. There's a place for everyone at ISU.

    Am learning a lot

    It is evident that the professors at ISU are well educated and interested in what they are teaching. They're knowledgeable about their subjects and willing to give you their time if you need help. Classes are well designed to teach you about a subject in depth. Almost anything you want to study is available to you at ISU.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ag students, engineers, animal science students

    Tips for prospective students

    Here are some things to keep in mind before coming to Iowa State: 1. Get involved with what you can in high school and if you can continue this in when you get to college. This will help with the transition and will help reduce stress later on. These will help you get scholarships and internships as well. 2. Make sure you get some leadership roles/ experience in high school. It will help you get scholarships and internships for college and after. 3. If college credit classes are offered at you high school I would encourage you to take advantage of these classes because these will help you graduate sooner which means less money you have to pay. Another good thing about this is that you will feel more prepared for what college is like and less classes to take in college. Now for some tips once you get to Iowa State: 1. Keep up your grades. It is very easy to fall behind in classes because some days you don't feel like going to class or doing the homework but you need to go and do the homework. 2. If you are struggling in a class, get help as soon as you can don't wait because if you wait it only gets worse and then it is too late to save your grade. 3. Talk with your advisors. Most of the Advisors on campus are willing to help you decide which classes to take when and work with your strengths and weaknesses. However, they can't do this without information from you, so talk with them in person.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a good school but it is expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed my time here at Iowa State. There are lots of clubs (over 300) and events here to get involved in. The biggest event on campus is probably VEISHEA which is a week long showcase of all things Iowa State. It is an annual tradition.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in my second year here at Iowa State and in most of my classes I have learned lots of valuable information. Most of the teachers have been very enjoyable and you can tell they love their jobs and the subjects they teach. However, there are some teachers that have a hard time communicating with you and act like they don't care.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is known as one of the greatest universities for Agriculture and I would highly recommend it to any students interested in Ag.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your adviser for any questions and especially before you start your first semester. This will help any student understand the process.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Studious, fun-loving, adventurous, friendly, goal-driven

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing as soon as you can! The best places fill up fast.

    Bang for the buck

    I really wish tuition was not as high, especially for out-of-staters.

    Am enjoying being here

    Iowa State is simply a lot of fun! There are clubs and activities for everybody, and overall, people are friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel my high school prepared be well for college, but I am still learning and growing as a student. ISU classes have challenged me to think and work in new ways. I have developed skills that I could not practice in high school and met interesting instructors and fellow students to continually encourage me to improve.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Make great friends! Take chances.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great atmosphere, friendly students and staff, many life changing opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of my professors are some of the best in their field. Very knowledgeable and ready to answer questions.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    College is never going to be as cheap as I wish it was.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is beautiful, weather is so-so, and the food is great!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are organized and studious.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe here even walking at midnight

    Greek Life

    never been apart of it but they are everywhere and always doing something good for the society

    Clubs and Activities

    always something to do

    Great for these types of students

    everything nothing bad here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campenilling where people go andd kiss at the stroke of midnight 2 times a year

    Bang for the buck

    some of the cheapest tuition cost around

    What to do for fun

    hanging with friends there is always something to do here.

    Food and Dining

    great food and great staff

    Dorm Life

    i love the dorm life, it is honestly amazing. i am a senior and the dorm life gets better every day.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes challenge you and some dont just depends on your preferences.

    Tips for prospective students

    just show up and enjoy it truly makes you feel welcome

    In three sentences

    it is amazing some of the best students come here, and is honestly just an amazing feel to be here. It has the best classes that makes me feel truly welcome. and the people are very friendly and accepting of everyone.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe thanks to our help vans and personal campus police.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best college food you will ever have. Everyone gets the freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and they are always kept clean.

    Academic Rigor

    School should always be your number one priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are thinking about Iowa State should really visit to make sure they would like it. If you attend, make sure you make it count because your first year is going to be tough.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is beautiful. The teachers are fantastic. Everyone is very helpful.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The ISU campus offers free rides late at night so you do not have to walk alone in the dark. They have secure dorms and buildings and have a student friendly campus that automobiles are to adhere to.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved with the Greek society but there are many students who enjoy this experience. There are many fraternities and sororities to fit just about any personality and they offer many leadership and community service opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that you can get involved with. If they don't have the club you are looking for, they will let you start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is great for students who like the large campus feel but still like to feel at home. The campus is not too spread out and most classes are within walking distance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An ISU woman is not a true coed until she has been kissed under the Campanile at the stroke of midnight. After the kiss, she must anonymously drop jelly beans outside each girl's door in her house. Any senior who hasn't achieved coed status before graduation must drop lemon drops. This legend lives on during Mass Campaniling at Homecoming or during the Friday night of Senior Week.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State offers great programs and the in state price is very economical compared to studying at an out-of-state college.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go swing dancing, work out at the recreation centers, watch free movies, play Frisbee on the lawn and attend football and basketball games. I have also joined the orchestra and we perform several concerts each semester.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining centers offer a variety of choices and healthy food items to select from. They are open most of the time and are kept very clean. They offer a large selection of coffee, sandwiches, hot homemade meals, brick-oven pizza, ice cream, yogurt and dessert bars!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Iowa State is very nice with enough room to move around and still maintain some privacy. The dorms are clean and updated and offer wireless Internet access, washer and dryers and a stove in the common study areas. Dorm life is a great way to meet new people and encourages people on your dorm floor to get involved with extra activities.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you go to class, put in the study time, and go to the review sessions, you should be able to keep up with your academics. The classes are much more demanding the high school so be prepared to study. Although your course load may be heavy and your classes and homework stressful, you're not alone and just know that you can do it if you give 100 percent!

    Tips for prospective students

    Networking with professors, peer mentors, teacher-assistants, study groups and other students is a great way to open doors and connect with individuals that can help you while you're at college. Get involved with clubs, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities so you can meet new people and discover new interests. Eat, sleep, stay up on your studies and take at least 30 minutes a day for yourself and do something fun!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State offers tremendous opportunities in academics, leaderships, community, service clubs, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The campus is one of the most beautiful, warm, friendly, helpful and inviting campuses with many student lead organizations and clubs. ISU offers nice, clean, updated housing along with a healthy meal plan in their dining centers and on-campus restaurants.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is very safe. there are call boxes all over campus. the security will escort you back to your dorm if you are out late. the security personnel is very helpful and friendly.

    Greek Life

    there are numerous greek organizations on campus. the greeks have houses located on or very near the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    the university has over 800 clubs and if you don't find something to interest you. you are encouraged to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    the university has something for all types of students. the university encourages students to explore things that they would not normally consider. the university helps to expand your career intrests.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is reasonable. you pay for the first 13 hours any additional hours are included. there is a variety of meal plans that are affordable. some of the dorms do not require meal plans.

    What to do for fun

    the is a bowling& billards area in the mu. the dorms and the various clubs always have a variety of activities. sports are also a way to have fun at the games. a new atheltic facility will be open that will provide a swimming area and exercise rooms.

    Food and Dining

    there is always a variety of different types of food that meets the dietary requirements for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    there are a variety of dorms and they are all very good. living with a new roommate is different and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging. develop a study schedule and stick to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open to new experiences and get to know your professors. take advantage of office hours even if you do not require help.

    In three sentences

    iowa state's teachers are very supportive and helpful. the classes cover a large variety of subjects. there are 800 clubs to become involved in.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    emergency stations posted throughout campus. local and campus police force. feel very safe and secure wherever i go.

    Greek Life

    very involved with the community. also throw some

    Clubs and Activities

    not enough room to write out all the 800+ clubs isu has. if you think about one, chances are it's already at isu.

    Great for these types of students

    engineers, teachers, foreign exchange students (wherever you go, they are always there)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    veishea, a week long celebration of the founding of iowa state university. starts in mid april. each day there are different events planned, and on saturday there is a parade, concerts, local food and much more. it is basically a mini state fair. campaniling, where you and your partner kiss under the campanile (big clock tower on campus) when the clock hits midnight.

    Bang for the buck

    a pretty affordable college. in-state is roughly $14,000 a year, and out-of-state around $18,000? (not sure about out of state)

    What to do for fun

    campus town always has something going on. some clubs let 18 and above go in until 10pm (must have drivers license)

    Food and Dining

    they have the best food at isu. some of the food surpasses the quality that some restaurants serve, which says a lot. wherever you're at, there is always a place nearby that has food.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the classes you are taking, and what your intended major will be. if you do struggle, there are ways to get help such as tutoring, review sessions, and si (supplemental instruction) in which an upper classmen holds one hour study sessions to help students with course material, or help with questions on the homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring winter clothes! get out and make new friendships by joining one of the 800+ clubs at isu

    In three sentences

    iowa state has an amazing campus. i am a freshman, and i consider isu to be my home away from home. it is very friendly; the students are friendly and the staff are here to help you succeed in school.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe on campus and can always call security for a ride if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 800 clubs to join and you can also start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    isu is a wonderful campus all college students. they have something for every.

    Bang for the buck

    iowa state university is worth every dollar you spend.

    What to do for fun

    there are always activities in the dorms and the college has many group activities on campus. the football, basketball and all athletic games are fun to watch.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining is excellent with a lot of variety. dinning centers are also well located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life has been a wonderful experience for me. i have met many new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    iowa state university is very challenging but has many resources for help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    research and visit different colleges first and you will see how wonderful iowa state university is.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university has a fun and exciting campus life. there are over 800 clubs to join and outstanding learning communities to be involved in. the campus is beautiful.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is very safe! not only is there a cyclone taxi that runs until 6:00 in the morning and goes all through greek areas. also there are blue towers located strategically throughout campus with a button on them that immediately calls the isu police and/or ames police. i have never felt unsafe at isu as well.

    Greek Life

    greek life is definitely present at iowa state with over 50 fraternities and sororities. while i am not apart of the greek life, i do not feel pressured to be in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 800 clubs and activities to be apart of that range all across the board. i am involved in habitat for humanity and i love it!

    Great for these types of students

    iowa state university is great for students who are interested in being independent, meeting a lot of great new people, and looking for great opportunities for experience in their field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is the tradition in the memorial union where if one were to walk over the zodiac upon entering or leaving they will fail their next test. the only way to reverse this is to throw a penny into the fountain. another is campiniling. campiniling is where a couple kiss under the campinile, which is considered to be the way to become a true iowa-stater.

    Bang for the buck

    though i am paying out-of-state tuition, i am very pleased with iowa state university and would have to say i am definitely getting my moneys worth!

    What to do for fun

    i enjoy working out, doing work with my clubs (activities, volunteering), and hanging out with my roommates!

    Food and Dining

    the dining centers are much better than the private school i used to attend. there are so many options!

    Academic Rigor

    majoring in agricultural biochemistry, my courses are very difficult and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    campus may seem very large but after a few weeks it begins to feel very small.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is a beautiful school with a strong background in science! i have found that there are so many opportunities for research and internships as well!

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are always busses running, and a safe transportation system is in place for those traveling on campus at night. that being said, isu is an extremely safe campus. never once have i feared walking by myself on campus, even at night. the people here mean no harm, and if they do, there are city and university police workers to deal with them.

    Greek Life

    as previously stated, greek life is very involved with isu, however isu is not a greek school. sororities and fraternities are seen as organizations rather than status symbols, however they do good work for the community and have a very active social schedule.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a clubfest every semester for students at isu. with over 200 clubs to choose from, every student can find an activity they enjoy. intramural sports are huge at isu, and most students participate in them. dance and theatre have regularly scheduled shows, and they are open auditions to anyone in the school, not just in those programs. there is a student government, and the veishea committees help plan an annual festival that takes over isu every year.

    Great for these types of students

    students who go here should be friendly and outgoing, as that is the feel of the campus. you must be willing to work hard, as coursework can be difficult here. it's a very science-based school, so it's great for students who want to pursue engineering, chemistry, physics, etc. the greek system is very involved with isu, and they have a lot of houses to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campaniling, or kissing at midnight under the campanile (clock tower) at isu is a very long-standing tradition. it is said that you are not a true iowa stater until you participate in this tradition. cherry pies at the veishea festival are a tasty tradition, and veishea is the largest student-run college festival in the country. it always brings great music acts and food to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    i'm from out of state, so it's really pricey. i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for an athletic scholarship, and i really dislike how much money big universities try to squeeze out of students. however, as an in state value, it's huge. the faculty are stellar and so are the programs, and i wouldn't trade my opportunities here for anything. if money is no object for you and your family, iowa state is a great choice if you're not from iowa, especially if you want to study engineering.

    What to do for fun

    isu isn't in a big city, so you have to get creative if you're under 21. there are a ton of parks around, so go for a walk around there or go swimming at petersen pits when they weather's warm. sporting events are big around here, and rooting for the cyclones gives our students a sense of community. if you have an apartment, trying to make creative new foods is fun and delicious. for the over-21 set, there are a plethora of bars in campustown and downtown ames to explore, all with a different theme. try london underground; it has a telephone booth in the bar!

    Food and Dining

    the food is great for the first 2 years, but if you have a meal plan for the third year, the food begins to all taste similar. however, dining centers are all around campus, and you have easy access to many dining options. there are also a number of convenience stores around campus for snacks and the occasional meal. isu does a good job of making food available.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms really are a community. most of your friends will come from the dorms, and you automatically have a group of people to hang out with, join clubs with, or form a team for intramural sports. living in the same place gives you easy social interaction with people in your same boat, and you may find a very close friend out of random assignment. also, don't fear a random roommate! it is generally better to have one than live with your friend, as there are no expectations with someone new.

    Academic Rigor

    classes here are rather difficult, however if you take notes in class, read the book, and study for tests adequately, getting an a is completely feasible. but you do have to put in work; college is not high school, and you can no longer get away with not studying and expect a passing grade. skipping class here is not the best idea, as a lot of professors give attendance points or in-class quizzes. make sure you actually care about your work, you are paying to learn, after all.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. take notes in class and from your text. although it may seem tedious, you'll be engraining knowledge deeper into your mind with each word you write. 2. get enough sleep. you can't learn if you aren't awake. 3. find clubs that you're interested in and join them. isu has hundreds of opportunities for you to get involved with on-campus activities. 4. be friendly. our students here are kind and outgoing, so don't worry about making new friends, it's easy to do here! 5. get to know your professors. they can help you review for tests, and they are more likely to let you make up work if they actually know your name and face. 6. enjoy your time in the present. the past is the past, and your future looms, but college is an experience you can never replace. so don't let is pass you by!

    In three sentences

    iowa state is science and engineering based, however the opportunities do not stop there. isu has a wealth of creative and practical clubs to get involved in, as well as performance showcases and technology challenges. an isu student is kind, helpful, cheerful, and always filled with cyclone pride!

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are always looking out in the best interest of the students. they will show up in no time if you call and will even give the girls rides home.

    Greek Life

    the greek life is amazing! i joined sigma phi epsilon and i believe that it has changed me for the better. it put new and exciting things on my resume and allowed me to meet a huge group of friends fast.

    Clubs and Activities

    best way to fill up your resume fast and get leadership experience.

    Great for these types of students

    someone looking for a large school that not everyone knows each other but also feels like you always see the same people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at midnight many people like to kiss under the bell tower to become a true iowa stater.

    Bang for the buck

    out-of-state tuition is much higher than in state but school is going to be expensive no matter what.

    What to do for fun

    the memorial union always has things to do on the weekends. there are also tons of intramurals to try out!

    Food and Dining

    food is always good but can get old fast. try different places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    great way to meet new people fast and have fun on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    mechanical engineering is a very hard major but it prepares you for the real word.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of every involvement opportunity you get.

    In three sentences

    the best choice of my life! very high quality school where the people are always willing to help. it is also very easy to find your way around.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    at iowa state there are many many things to do for fun. every thursday, friday, and saturday there are free movies at carver. the basketball and football games are very entertaining and competitive. also, iowa state has many clubs and intramural activities. i played flag football and it gave me a chance to meet new people and i met most of my best friends by playing intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    there is plenty of food to go around. the only downfall is the selection of foods. it seems as though it's the same food every week, but, luckily, the food is very good. they have many special dinners such as thanksgiving, christmas, and even a super bowl dinner.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are very close. my floor feels like a family to me and the dorms are clean and spacey. iowa state is a great community to live in!

    Academic Rigor

    i am a mechanical engineer and iowa state makes sure to challenge you. they only accept the best of the best when it comes to your field of study. however, as hard as the academics are, the professors make sure you will succeed if you show you want to.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep working hard and opportunities will present themselves. when great opportunities arrive be sure to make use of it. most importantly don't give up! keep trying even when the going gets tough.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is one of the best universities in the country when it comes to engineering. they challenge you and prepare you for getting a job. all the professors care about you as an individual and help you to succeed.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i love iowa state food. there are lots of choices and you can usually find exactly what you are looking for. it's even better that you are able to always enjoy meals with good friends.

    Dorm Life

    there are many different types of dorms for a person to choose from. i think iowa state offers a great variety of dorms so that every person gets what they are looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    iowa state is focused on academic achievement. getting a good education is what students are looking for when they apply to this college. professors are willing to always be there for their students and find education to be at the top of their priority lists. iowa state demands excellence from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    college is important and deserves to be taken seriously. while partying is an option, studies should always come first because they help you the most in the long run. it could be the memories you are going for but getting a good education first will lead to more and better memories for your future. college is to be taken seriously without a doubt.

    In three sentences

    iowa state is an extremely friendly atmosphere where you can feel right at home as if you are living in a small town. it is a beautiful campus where the environment is of high importance. it's a great place to pursue academic goals as well as get involved in activities that appeal to your interests.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    don't feel unsafe

    Greek Life

    haven't really participated.

    Clubs and Activities

    will probably join design club once entering into that area after first year.

    Great for these types of students

    all students with different back grounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    maple area is nice.

    Bang for the buck

    iowa state has a great design and engineering program.

    What to do for fun

    i study pretty hard but attend sporting events, dorm floor meetings, and major lectures.

    Food and Dining

    good food lots of choices!

    Dorm Life

    our dorm is small and cramped looking for another place next year.

    Academic Rigor

    my program is tough and i need to spend time studying. some of my friends not so much!

    Tips for prospective students

    be active in sporting events such as cyclones football and basketball. attend the get together for incoming freshman before school starts to learn about iowa state.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university has a wonderful campus. everything is in walking distance or a bus is available. the students are very friendly.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never felt uncomfortable once on campus.

    Greek Life

    lots of different options.

    Clubs and Activities

    more clubs than you could imagine. you can be involved in as many clubs as you want.

    Great for these types of students

    there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campanile is the famous clock on campus. someone plays the organ inside the clock everyday at noon.

    Bang for the buck

    you get a lot for your money. cost is average.

    What to do for fun

    be involved in clubs and sports.

    Food and Dining

    lots of different options. there is always something new to try.

    Dorm Life

    lots of dorm options. close to dining centers and student activities.

    Academic Rigor

    have to study hard to be successful!

    Tips for prospective students

    actually read your textbook.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is the number one college in america. it has many different options for everyone. it is also fun!

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    this is the biggest life changing decision you can make at any university or college is going greek. greek life at isu is second to none(in my opinion) the people are amazing the atmosphere is awesome. parents need not to worry as much weather your son/daughter is getting it done academically. greeks at isu have required study hours and have to maintain high grades to stay active in chapters. at isu greeks basically run the campus, in all forms of student leadership you will find a greek (except irha(intra-residence hall association)) this includes but is not limited to: veishea, greek week (obviously), homecoming, gsb (government of the student body), and many others i'm sure i'm missing. if you want leadership and bonds the go far and beyond friends go greek!

    What to do for fun

    first its college it is always a blast. the bars are fun, house parties are fun, and so are fraternity parties. if partying is not for you then there are plenty of fun intramurals, and shows/events through the sub (student union broad) or sac (student activities center).

    Food and Dining

    the dining centers serve great food with lots of healthy options. .they also are great for employment if you want some extra spending money.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are great if you want to meet lots of new people when you get to college, always keep your door open and keep and open mind when meeting other freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    the programs are challenging but are passable, the professors are tough but willing to assist you if you are willing to help yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    live in the dorms first semester and join a fraternity/soroity. study often, set yourself up for a strong start because it is really hard to raise your gpa later in college.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is an excellent academic university that fosters both academic and personal growth opportunities. at iowa state i have made life-long friends through greek life which i highly recommend all incoming freshmen look into. the programs offered at here are ranked nationally high especially the engineering fields of study.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus has telephones on every floor of dorms and located around the campus. so these can be used if one ever needs any emergency help. they also have a help van that will pick you up and take you anywhere you need to go on campus. even when your car is broken down or you locked your keys in it. they also have lighted pathways and lights all around at night so you never feel scared. there is also a person for every floor of dorms you can go to at night if you have any trouble at all or have been locked out. you need a key card to get into your dorm room. this is also a safety rule so that strangers can't get in.

    Great for these types of students

    this college is best for students looking to go into engineering and design majors. it is good for students who want to college experience but still want a homely feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    in the mu there is a mosaic pattern on the floor and they say if you step on it that you will fail your next exam. if you do step on it then you must go outside and throw a coin in the fountain and it will reverse the curse.

    Bang for the buck

    when thinking of the price it is all worth it. the tuition is nothing compared to other schools and iowa state is one of the best for many majors such as fashion design. you get the perfect college experience and make life time friendships.

    What to do for fun

    there is always stuff to do for fun. every dorm area has a game room that people can hang out in. every weekend there is always new movies playing in one of the buildings that is free to students. also at the mu there is late night at the mu once a month that has tons of activities and prizes to be won. all the other nights they have bowling, bingo, and pool to enjoy. not to mention the many clubs that will suit any type of person.

    Food and Dining

    the dining areas are very clean and have a large variety of food options from salad bar, asian, snacks, italian, and normal home cooked meals. i happen to work at a dining center so i know what happens behind the scenes and i can honestly say that the workers are all about the students. we are always thinking of new ways to spice up the meals and have fun nights for holidays and special occasions.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is a blast. i have made many friends, even ones i plan to live with next year. the bathroom areas are very clean and the food market place is in walking distance for a late night snack. they also have computer labs on every floor in case you have a last minute paper to print.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are motivating and can be challenging at times, but teachers are always willing to help anyone struggling or that has questions. if you study and attend every class it will be more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure that when going to the dining centers you don't pig out every time because the food is delicious and it's hard not to do so, but if you do the new state gym added this year can help you keep in shape.

    In three sentences

    iowa state is a place that always has something exciting happening. there are eating locations within walking distacances no matter where you are. it has over 200 clubs so that everyone can find the perfect group and friends to fit in with.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    join a club. go to the $1 movies.

    Food and Dining

    food is good, some almost like home cooked as long as your mom isn't paula dean. down size your meal plan from the recommended $$$ amount if you won't be eating on dining dollars on the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is what you make of it. don't be shy. make new friends, they are your new family. dorms are comfy and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the major but all is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focused, find a club, seek a tutor if needed.

    In three sentences

    anyone can be at home at iowa state, the jr college transfer or the 4 years and done brain.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it's safety is really good.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's literally a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    any type of students but specially for those who really want to try new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everything is about the campanile. campaniling to become a true iowa stater and listening to requested songs on friday noon.

    What to do for fun

    you definitively don't have as many options as living in a big city, but there are still a lot of places to go and have some fun. plus there are a lot of on campus events.

    Food and Dining

    good food and good variety

    Dorm Life

    dorms are really neat and it's a lot of fun to live in them since so many people of all years live in them.

    Academic Rigor

    classes might get hard but there is also a lot of help available for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to do a lot of walking, and come with an open mind to try new things.

    In three sentences

    this university is a real adventure. the campus is really beautiful and the academic programs are good as well. also there's a lot of student groups so you can always find something to do.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    rape boxes & a safe small town with too many cops for our own good.

    Greek Life

    egh.. its here but who cares?

    Clubs and Activities

    lots with plenty of variety.

    Great for these types of students

    rich asians?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    must have a meal plan to live in the dorms.. that is a few extra k a year.

    Bang for the buck

    wayyyy overpriced for what you get.

    What to do for fun

    do things with friends off campus.

    Food and Dining

    precooked everything for $10/meal on average.

    Dorm Life

    smelly. overpriced...

    Academic Rigor

    lots of easy busy work.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep looking!

    In three sentences

    everything is very overpriced. teachers are hard to understand and classes are too big for their abilities. good place for in-staters i guess...

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the isu department of public safety escort service is an awesome resource available; if there is ever a time, late at night or early in the morning and you're on campus, they'll pick you up, no questions asked, and take you to your wanted destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    a great group to get involved with is the iowa state university cyclone football varsity marching band. almost 300 students from every academic field come together and work toward putting on great performances at the football games!

    What to do for fun

    one of my favorite activities to take advantage of is the isuafterdark held at the memorial union. once a month, the campus as a whole is invited to play bingo, watch great performances by famous comedians or hypnotists, or make holiday crafts. such events like this are great for being able to still have a great time, while making smart decisions.

    Food and Dining

    there are quite a few options available as far as eating is concerned. besides the three or four major dining centers, there are several smaller grills, like clyde's, or cafes, such as the hub, which carries caribou coffee. places like these are great for grabbing a quick bagel or hot sandwich and coffee between classes.

    Dorm Life

    i opted to live on an honors floor, and it's been a great balance between the academic and social aspects of college life. choosing to live in friley was a great choice for me because it's very close to the majority of my classes, the newly-opened state gym, and the union drive community center (where all the food is!).

    Academic Rigor

    i truly feel challenged here; professors expect your best 100% of the time. however, if you feel like you're struggling, academic help is also readily available. professors and teacher's assistants hold regular office hours, there are supplemental instruction sessions, and there are general help rooms for every field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to use small breaks wisely, even if it's only a half hour between your next class. study flashcards, read ahead for your upcoming lecture, or do some practice problems. this type of effective time-usage will really help in the long run!

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is an excellent academic institution that also provides awesome outlets for exploring your own adventure here. with over 800 clubs available, it's so easy to get involved, whether it be with an academic learning community, or a dodge ball tournament with your floor-mates. an added bonus- campus is beautiful!

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is always something to do, sports, plays, exercise facilities. if you are bored, it is your own fault!

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to check out all available living option and ask a lot of questions when touring campus.

    In three sentences

    it is a beautiful campus and there are many opportunities and support systems for students. the classes are hard but there are plenty of supports such as tutors and residential learning communities. it is a big university with small college feel.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    extremely safe. campus security can be seen regularly as well as special services such as the helpvan help ensure a safe environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    wide range of activities for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    central campus is something unique to iowa state. this is a common space utilized by thousands of students each day.

    Food and Dining

    many options here. the campus offers four very different dining centers which run continuous hours to accommodate all students. other option also appear all across campus.

    Dorm Life

    one of the best! one cannot beat living in the largest dorm in the us. friley is something quite unique. most residence halls are recently updated and in great shape for their ages.

    Academic Rigor

    very competitive nationally. research is a key issue in many fields across the campus. working cross disciplines is a unique format on this campus.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there are many places to eat on campus and they are all great. there is panda express, caribou coffee, the all-you-can-eat buffet at the dining center, marketplace stores for snacks, and clydes restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is awesome! you meet so many people and make friends that will last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    the college of engineering at iowa state goes through a weeding out process during a student's first two years here and then they get into the major classes. a lot of time is spent on physics and calculus but it is all worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    look at your intended major and see what classes, if any, are offered at your high school that would correspond with your major. that way you can get ahead in your major by potentially earning transferable college credits and learn about what you are hoping to do with your life.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is helping prepare me for becoming a mechanical engineer. the professors all really care about each student succeeding as long as you are willing to put in the effort. it is a great school and high school students should definitely check it out.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    at anytime of the day or night, there is always a help van that you can call and they can come pick you up or give you a ride anywhere that you need too. your ca will give you their number and you can also call them if you need to talk to someone.

    Clubs and Activities

    dance marathon, tennis club, floor board or hall board are just a few of the clubs that isu offers. also, each major has clubs that you can join too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    in the memorial union there is a zodiac sign on the floor that you must not walk over, because legend has it that who ever walks over the zodiac will fail their next test.

    What to do for fun

    on campus, there are tons and tons of clubs and organizations to join. you could also go greek. at the memorial union there is bowling, or every thursday night there is a free movie that is available to watch with your friends. i know this probably won;t sound too much fun, but getting a job will help you meet more people.

    Food and Dining

    iowa state does have meal plans but they also have cycash. all around campus there are different cafes or little convenience shops that have food and drinks that you can buy with your cycash. overall the dining hall food is good, but you do need to watch what you eat.

    Dorm Life

    freshmen year is a transition from high school to college and for some its the first time being away from their parents, so dorm life is pretty awesome for meeting new people and getting involved. you will have a ca on each floor and they are always there to help or answer any questions you have or even just to talk. most likely you will have a roommate and for a lot of students they do a random search, just remember always be respectful.

    Academic Rigor

    people might say it depends on your major, but what is the same for all is that everyone has homework, projects, and tests. its up to you how you handle it. it does get stressful and studying does take up most of your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you go on a campus visit with a cyclone aid, they can help and answer any questions you might have, plus you can see the campus through a student's eyes.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is a beautiful green campus. ranked for agricultural, engineering, and design, isu also offers numerous clubs and organizations to get involved with.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    all around campus there are plenty of places to eat. you may just grab or drink or small smack.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in the dorms for one year. i did not get involved in the activities on my floor, but that was my choice the chances always existed.

    Academic Rigor

    iowa state continues to push students, but provides the necessary resources in order to succeed.

    In three sentences

    when i first attend the university i was not prepared mentally to learn. as now that i have gone back iowa state has been a great bedrock to expand my knowledge of the world. i have recently changed majors to history and hope to graduate next year

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i think safety on campus is great! i have never felt scared to walk on campus by myself at night. though if you do feel unsafe there is a service that you can call that can give you a ride to where ever you need to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one amazing tradition that occurs every year would be veishea. the letters in veishea stand for the original colleges of iowa state university. its a week long celebration that presents the college to the community and shows them what we're all about. there are tons of activities that go on during veishea such as a parade, concerts, and taste of veishea, and those are only to name a few.

    What to do for fun

    the campus provides tons of activities for students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    the dining centers on campus provide great food! there are a lot of dining centers on campus and they are provide a wide arrange of food for all students.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is amazing! i lived in the dorms my first year and i met so many new friends! there was always someone there to talk to, hang out with, or help you. it was a great experience and a lot of the friends that i have today are people that i met at the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    most classes tend to be challenging but its better because it gets your brain thinking.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is a great school with so much to offer and a wide range of culture among students. the campus and is big and beautiful and is a perfect place to just go for a walk. iowa state is big on academics and strives to help its students achieve!

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    you name it, there's a club for that.

    What to do for fun

    many isu sponsored events. m-shop: many small bands and comedians preform here. the underground: bowling alley in the basement with arcade games and multiple pool tables.

    Food and Dining

    three dining centers and many cafes scattered around campus so food is just a few steps away.

    Dorm Life

    variety to choose from, and after freshmen year, you can choose to live at some of the on-campus apartments!

    Academic Rigor

    great students that work hard to achieve there academic goals with professors there to guide them on their way.

    Tips for prospective students

    -destination iowa state for incoming students is the best experience -iowa state has many great traditions including veishea

    In three sentences

    most beautiful campus with professors that connect with you. everything is centrally located so walking to class is must even though there are cyrides for those crappy days. go state!

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    the best thing that ever happend to me. join pi kappa alpha

    What to do for fun

    ames recived an a- for it rating on a partying scale. ames is a great town to have fun in and i love it. go greek.

    Tips for prospective students

    pick your mjaor early and stick with it. don't slack off and pick your dorm choice wisely. go greek!

    In three sentences

    a great campus scenically. a amazing and active greek community. a good school for a lot of majors. i.e engineering vet-med

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go to sporting events, join a club, play in intramural sports, go to concerts.

    Food and Dining

    plenty of options for dining

    Dorm Life

    you get out of it what you put into it.

    Academic Rigor

    plenty of choices for classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is a good idea to figure out what you want to study by the end of the first semester.

    In three sentences

    the course work is rigorous, but not over encumbering. there is plenty to do between clubs, intramural sports, and other of activities. the city is a good campus town with enough services to make it seem like a big city, while still maintaining a small town feel.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they have an escort system where you will be picked up from anywhere in ames, then dropped off at your destined location. i used this a lot, having been living at the towers.

    Greek Life

    not a fan, but that doesn't mean we have a good one. it is just not my personality to be part of greek life, other than in national honor societies.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are too many to name. almost anything that you could be interested in is either here or you can create the club.

    Great for these types of students

    this university is great for people who like having a lot of people around to interact with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campanile is where you kiss your true love at midnight. if you can walk around lake lavern with your sweet heart with out saying a word then it means true love. streaking between the bells of the campanile clock bells across campus.

    Bang for the buck

    ? i am not sure what this means.

    What to do for fun

    i go out with friends on the weekends. i am involved in different clubs, like the isu winter guard. also i go to a lot of movies!!

    Food and Dining

    the food is great the first month or two, but then everything starts getting old and boring. luckily there are many food places to eat at to choose from. the breakfast is always great.

    Dorm Life

    it is good for me because i was matched up with an amazing roommate, but i know others that were not as lucky. also some dorms are a lot better than others, having the biggest factor of air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    classes definitely take work to get good grades. i am always studying and working on homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to walk a lot and everywhere. classes are definitely not like high school, and sometimes the professors are really hard to understand.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university has a beautiful campus. the campus is thriving with clubs, activities, and organisations just waiting to be joined. i am glad i chose to go to iowa state because i love the people that i can now call my friends.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they have nightly transportation for when the buses stop running. there are usually constant patrols around campus along with emergency telephones to contact someone when you need help

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many things to get involved in. whatever you can name, they have it. you won't be bored here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the one tradition that is the cheesy romantic one, is to kiss under the champinile on homecoming.

    Bang for the buck

    iowa state wouldn't have been my first choice had it not been for the scholarsips they offered. they did turn out to be better than i intended.

    What to do for fun

    there are activitie nights that they hold every month at our memorial union. there are 18 and up night clubs.

    Food and Dining

    it gets very repetitive, and isn't very healthy.

    Dorm Life

    it's ok. the bathrooms get very nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses are stimulating. they don't have to be hard as long as you take the time out needed for studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    college is nothing like high school. they won't baby you. your have to stay on top of your work or procrastination will set in.

    In three sentences

    iowa state is a great school, but not very diverse. the teachers and organizations are very welcoming. it is very easy to get around.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is really important at isu. iowa state has 24/7 security throughout the campus for the student's protection.

    Greek Life

    greek life at iowa state is tremendously good with the many different sororities available to you. i have multiple friends who are living the greek life and they love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs and activities are everywhere at iowa state university and i have heard that they are the best college college in iowa with clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to be involved are in luck if they want to attend iowa state university because there are hundreds of different ways to be involved at this college. i think that it is good to keep on going with being involved especially if you were involved in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    veisha is a huge tradition at iowa state. in this tradition there will be parades, food, and live music at iowa state university. i plan to help with the veisha live music in the future because it would be very helpful for what i want to do in the future. veisha is located on campus and it is every year during the summer.

    Bang for the buck

    iowa state gives many scholarships for incoming freshman or even students who are enrolled at iowa state university.

    What to do for fun

    one thing that i am really excited about is the maintenance shop on campus at iowa state. i plan to go into the music industry after college with a career that involved music marketing or music management. the maintenance shop is a small music venue where i will try my hardest to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    i have visited iowa state many times this past year and there are so many different things to eat in ames. i was amazed to find that the campus food was actually good and i am excited to eat the food at the university.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is incredibly good at iowa state university where there are many different choices to pick from. living in a dorm your freshman year will help you meet new people and strengthen your education right off the bat. i can't wait to move into my dorm with one of my high school friends this fall.

    Academic Rigor

    iowa state's professors care about there students even though iowa state is a big college. there are people throughout iowa state who will help you get the grades you want and help you make it through any challenges that you will face along the way. one reason why i really love iowa state is the fact that there are people who can help me all around me.

    Tips for prospective students

    iowa state university will help you get the right amount of knowledge to be ready for all of the challenges you will face in the future after college. iowa state has over 100 majors so no matter what you are looking into iowa state will more than likely have it. iowa state will give you the best college experience.

    In three sentences

    iowa state university is the perfect fit for anyone who wants to be successful in the future with their intended career. i believe that iowa state will help me prepare and get ready for life after college. i am excited to start my adventure at iowa state university in the fall of 2012.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus security is constantly keeping our home safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    there are places for everyone to go and things for everyone to do!

    What to do for fun

    you can go to one of many workout centers, ride a bus to basically anywhere in ames, go to free movies hosted by clubs, or make new friends by joining clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    join clubs you would be proud to put on resumes and get involved.

    In three sentences

    iowa state has one of the most beautiful campuses i have ever been on. it has a friendly atmosphere, and people too. the classes and professors do everything possible to make you have a great stay at the college.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a Help Van that can transport you if you ever feel unsafe walking around at night on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something out there for everyone, guaranteed. For the sciences, the gamers, the cooks, everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You're only a true Iowa Stater until you get kissed at midnight under the bell tower, aka the Campanile. Pretty neat.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs and bars up around the university, so if you like to dance and drink, it's a good place. There's a movie theater some miles away. 30 minutes to Des Moines, so it's not too bad. Otherwise, there is NOT much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Iowa State needs to stop trying to be culturally diverse in the food area, because they do not know how to truly cook food the real way. Otherwise, the food is edible and decent.

    Dorm Life

    It's alright. Staff tries to have games and events, but let's admit, it's kind of lame. You have to know how to have fun or else you'll get bored.

    Academic Rigor

    Truly challenging, you must be on your top game in order to do well. If you're looking for easy classes where A's are given out, apply somewhere else. What I like about Iowa State is the faculty actually challenges you to learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Transitioning to college is hard already, but going to Iowa State is a whole 'nother level.

    In three sentences

    Although a really small town, it has great academic standings. Not as diverse as one could hope for, though. You'd definitely experience all four seasons here!

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police patrolling campus. Campus town can be somewhat sketchy at night with drunk people roaming in and out of bars, standing in alleyways, and yelling from their apartment balconies. The restaurants are nice in campus town, just visit them before nightfall.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of great clubs and activities. Possibly more than you might have time for, but many great ones to choose from nonetheless.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The zodiac is located in the north entrance of the Memorial Union. It is a common suspicion that if you step on the zodiac, you will fail your next test. Therefore, many students tend to walk around it.

    Bang for the buck

    Its cheaper than a private college but be prepared to pay a lot of random fees.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do! You can see free movies on campus, bowl in the memorial union, plus every spring there are the VEISHA celebrations with live entertainment, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans tend to be quite pricey. It is also difficult to get a seat during the lunch hour in most dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of residence halls on campus including the fairly new Frederiksen Court Freddy apartments; which are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are a bit challenging than others depending on the content of the class and the professor's teaching style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask around or look up professors online before signing up to take their classes. If you are going into Secondary History Education, keep in mind that Iowa State does not currently offer the Social Sciences (grades 5-12) endorsement, which could effect your potential job opportunities post-graduation.

    In three sentences

    Overall Iowa State is a decent place to attend school. Do your research before you arrive. Send in paperwork extra early.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a clock tower that people like to kiss under that makes you an official student. I think its kind of weird.

    What to do for fun

    It is never hard to find something to do here. There are always plays, concerts, and activities going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. I love eating here. Whenever my parents come to visit they never want to go to restaurants to eat because they want to eat in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice that I stay in. I feel very safe here. Alot of students like the dorms so much that they stay in them their entire time in college.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are very approachable, love talking to students, and alot of my teachers know me on a first-name-basis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study hard and do not slack off your freshman year, it is important to have a strong start.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great college with friendly people everywhere. The school spirit is great, and so is the education, dining, living situations, and atmosphere. I love it here!

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Feel very safe on this campus.

    Greek Life

    Huge greek life. Really involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs and activities. Pretty much a club for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you kiss someone under the Campanile Clock Tower you are destined to be with them forever. There is a zodiac in the MU, if you step on it, you are expected to fail your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is not terrible.

    What to do for fun

    Go to downtown Ames, Welch Ave. Jordan Creek mall in Des Moines (only 30 minutes away). Go out to eat, go to mall in Ames, go to a movie, walk around campus, get involved with greek!

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food! So much variety. Best dorm food out there!

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun! So many great people to meet. Bathrooms could be nicer. Elevators breaking less often. AC in every dorm would help.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are harder then high school and you have homework in them most of the time

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as possible. Be open to things out of your comfort zone. Try and meet as many people as possible.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a beautiful campus. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly. There are so many different clubs and activities to get involved with.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hung out with my friends. I went to the gym, the mall, outlets malls (part of my friend's roadtrip), going to parties or bars, hanging out at a friend's house, etc!!

    Food and Dining

    I gained so much weight when I came home for visits. But the extra weight looked nice on me. I needed that!!

    Dorm Life

    I had a good time.. I had my own room. It would have been fun with a roommate though!!

    Academic Rigor

    I've learned so much from some of the smartest professors that I've ever known!! At Iowa State University, they make you feel like you're at a Harvard or Yale!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active Be open-minded Don't be afraid to meet new people Don't be afraid to try new and positive things Have fun Study hard Graduate on time

    In three sentences

    I rate them on being one of the top tier public schools in the nation. I rate them high on given former students second chances to come back and accomplish their goals. I rate the highly on the fact that they are a division 1, big 12 school that I can say that I was very proud to attend!!

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can possibly think of is there: ranging from traditional sports clubs to strange ones such as Quiddich, from choirs to bands, from academic clubs to one's that are just for fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I was awarded many scholarships to attend ISU, which was extremely helpful for me. I believe the price of the college is phenomenally low for the quality of education I will receive there. SO many scholarships are available (need-based or exclusively merit-based) -- don't be afraid to search for these!

    What to do for fun

    I will admit that Ames doesn't have mountains or oceans for fun activities; however, the campus offers many fun activities (such as ISU After Dark, the recreation centers, bowling alleys, etc.). There's also plenty to do through exploring the creeks/rivers and many nearby parks.

    Food and Dining

    Love the food! My personal favorite: a stir fry/quesadilla bar. There are many healthy food options as well, which I think is very important.

    Dorm Life

    The two suites on campus, Martin and Eaton, are by far the nicest dorms. All others are still very nice, however not extremely new. I love their living and learning communities though! I would recommend joining one.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet attended ISU, so I'm unsure how difficult the academics are. I believe that it depends on your specific major; mine, engineering, seems to be a large program at ISU so I hope the classes are difficult!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend visiting the campus. Hands down. Their campus visits are more than just a tour - you get to eat in one of the dining halls, tour campus, see residence halls, attend short talks on various programs (such as WISE and ROTC), and even talk one-on-one with an academic adviser for your major. I learned so much about ISU during my visit there. The campus is also worth seeing; Ames is a lovely town, and I love the convenient layout of the campus.

    In three sentences

    When I first applied, ISU was the last on my list. However, as I began researching it more and learning about their programs, I realized what a perfect fit for me it is. It is way more well-known for engineering (my major) than I had thought, and has excellent research facilities. Not to mention what a beautiful, quaint town Ames is!

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a Safe Ride system that you can call (as long as you have their number) from anywhere on campus that will drive you to where you need to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Cyclone (or future Cyclone) needs to know about the Zodiac. The Zodiac is a design on the floor of the entrance to the Memorial Union, and you should not step on it! Doing so will cause you fail your next test, and no one wants that! The tradition of the Campanile is such a lovey-dovey story: It's been said that you aren't a true Iowa Stater until you have been kissed under the campanile at midnight. Rumor has it that if you get hit by a CyRide you will get free tuition! For the last lovey-dove tradition: Taking a walk around Lake LaVerne with your beloved in complete silence will determine whether you are destined to be!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things one can do at Iowa State for fun! You can simply take a walk and enjoy the beauty of campus, head out to central campus near the campanile and throw a Frisbee with friends, take a walk/jog in either of the gyms (State or Lied) or on the outdoor cross country course by the Towers dorms, take a CyRide bus to Duff Avenue and eat out, join a club or intramural sport (Quidditch anyone?), hang out in dorms and watch movies/play games, have a night out with friends on campus town where you can hit the party scene, go to sports events and cheer on the Cyclones, fish in Lake LaVerne, check out a play being performed at the theater... the list goes on.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Iowa State does not disappoint. There are many different places to dine, you can basically find a bite to eat at every corner. Having a meal plan will allow for you to have an easy means of paying for food, and Iowa States system of Dining Dollars that comes with every meal plan will also come in handy for buying snacks/drinks from cafes/hubs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be fun, but it can also have its downsides. Making friends with some people on your floor or even just in your building will help you in adjusting to college. I have found the hardest part of living in the dorms is having a room mate. I think that depending on the two people paired together, you could find your room mate a perfect match and the two of you instant friends, you can live with and respect them but not have much in common, or you could be annoyed by their presence and not agree with their lifestyle. I advise that you try to have an open mind and do your best to maintain peace within your room, and I think that with most situations rooming works out. However, if you absolutely cannot get along with a room mate, I would advise you find new living arrangements for the next semester.

    Academic Rigor

    High school does a really good job of preparing students for the work that needs to be put into college. For those who did not have to study in high school, there will most likely now have to be a little more effort on your part. You cannot put things off and pull through as easily in college. You have to know your abilities and what you need to take more time with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are thinking about becoming a Cyclone should visit campus before making their decision. I suggest attending an organized campus visit where you will get to eat at a dining center for free! I also advise prospective students to think about some majors they have an interest in and find out whether or not Iowa State has a program for it. Also, do not worry if you cannot decide on a major just yet, anyone can start out as Undecided, Open Option, and go from there.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a beautiful campus with many students. You will meet lots of people and have the opportunity to get involved with many different groups. Remember to bundle up in the winter!

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kissing under the Campanile at midnight!

    What to do for fun

    Bowling in the Union:)

    Food and Dining

    AWESOME FOOD

    Dorm Life

    Apply early for dorms, some were just built in 2004 and are AWESOME!

    Academic Rigor

    Needs a wider variety of majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    go visit!

    In three sentences

    The Campus is beautiful! The People are amazing! and the Food is great!

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Not for sure. Haven't been there yet.

    In three sentences

    I have been on several campus visits and I am so excited to attend college at ISU!

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Live it up in campustown! Go out and meet people, chat it up and create friendships. Concerts are always available to attend, I saw O.A.R. my freshman year and I will never forget it!

    Food and Dining

    CDLC is fantastic! There are also many cafes located about the campus and the hours for each of them is more than reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Can't truly say. Having never lived in the dorms myself, it would be unfair for me to weigh in on this topic.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put into it. With dedication and passion every class can turn into a favorite. The professors are willing and want to see students succeed, and the classes are both entertaining and informational.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! No matter what you are into there is something the University offers that fits you. Greek life is massive, clubs on clubs on clubs for you to join, and amazing leadership opportunities. The more time you spend sitting around the more time you waste to not making yourself a better person.

    In three sentences

    At first I was excited to come to school here for the opportunity to make good friends and experience life on my own. In four short years, I came to appreciate ISU for much more. I cannot believe that I will be walking out of Ames, Iowa with an amazing education and potential for my future.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Iowa State has a police staff on call and always looking to help, whether it be from getting your car started, needing a ride or to be walked late at night, they are there to help. Don't hesitate to call with any questions, that's what they're there for!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone wanting to have fun, and enjoy a great learning experience. Active with clubs or sports this is the place to be!

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do at Iowa State, varying from intramural sports, clubs and organizations or enjoying a show on campus. The University always has a guest speaker weekly from different authors or visits for candidates running for political parties. Whether your active or not there's something to do daily.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has 3 different cafeterias for students with the meal plans, and not including the various fast food or restaurants on campus in the Memorial Union or in campus town. There's something that everyone can enjoy within a walking distance anywhere from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience for incoming freshman or someone from outside of the state. I would recommend this if you do not know anyone from the school area or would rather connect with fellow students to find roommates, and with the meal plan being required for undergraduates at certain dorms it's important to find what best matches your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, you will have various amounts of home work and studying habits. With the campus being about average size it can be a little difficult at times to have a walk-in meeting with your instructor, but they do have their set office hours or a student teachers assistant to answer any questions with homework assignments. It's important to ask questions if the projects are misunderstood or too complex immediately, and not wait until the due date!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in Iowa State, don't hesitate to give the University a call. The faculties there to help, and only you can decide if this is the place for you. So give it a try or set up a tour before enrolling.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Iowa State University a 10 out of 10. The campus is not too large, and the instructors are there to teach. There's always something going on at the campus, and although there is not a lot of diversity, the University does it's best to have outside activities for minorities.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sororities/Fraternities, large and small social and academic groups. Veishea! VEISHEA is an annual celebration held at Iowa State each spring, and one of its oldest traditions. It serves as a showcase and display of the Iowa State community with a wide variety of educational and entertainment events.

    Food and Dining

    You'll never find better dining halls than Iowa Stae's

    Tips for prospective students

    Iowa State is a school that you'll excellent education and have the best college years of your life.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is the top of the line school. Nice, clean friendly learning environment. Iowa State has an exceptional Engineering program. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you go campaniling before you graduate with that special someone! Enjoy all of the activities offered at VEISHEA in the spring.

    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of ISU Afterdark and the activities at the Memorial Union. Free movie nights are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new things. Even if you are shy or nervous, get involved in clubs that you are interested in or clubs and groups within your major.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the faculty are welcoming and helpful. I love the atmosphere. It is supplying me with the skills and tools I need to be successful.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about anything you want to do. We even have an event held twice a year called Clubfest in which students can take a look at all the clubs and talk to some club members.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to a wide variety of sporting events, concerts, join a club, or play drinki-...I mean video games with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent but after awhile it does get a bit redundant because they usually have the same things week after week. That being said, there are quite a few places to choose from when deciding what kind of feed you want to chow on.

    Dorm Life

    I have enjoyed my dorm experience at Iowa State very much. I lived in one of the smaller and older dorms on campus and I made some close friends.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any college the academic rigor will vary depending on your major, but it's college...don't expect a cake walk.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard but have a good time and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    There are always new people to meet. It has a great centralized campus. We have very respectable programs, especially in engineering and agriculture.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very responsive emergency vehicles. People are always running around on sidewalks, even women late at night, so I'd say this is a pretty safe campus. You could leave a computer out by a tree and come back maybe a day or two later and it'd still be there.

    Greek Life

    Very strong on this campus. Absolutely NO HAZING. There's been a long history of the greek system with ISU and if it's for you, you'll enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go to the homepage and check them out for yourself. There's a whole page devoted to them on the university website and practically a day long convention for freshman to see what's really out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, agriculture, design, industrial technologies, and English.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beardshear run...

    Bang for the buck

    Living in-state is fairly cheap. Not sure for out of staters but if you know how to live cheap then it can be a good money saver versus some of the other colleges around with this quality.

    What to do for fun

    Perfect Games by the interstate, the 1st floor of the MU (bowling alley and cheap movies), hanging out on campus or at one of the bars south of Lincoln Way or west of Hyland, or frisbee by the campanile.

    Food and Dining

    Never used the dining centers but Subway in the MU was always delicious and with two Hy-Vees, a Walmart and Target in town, it's hard not to find food.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms. Going greek can save money with cheaper living, but going to the apartments can save you up to $30,000 by the time you graduate vs. living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The math department may be a bit lacking in academic support, but the tutoring program the university holds is superb and there's always an instructor or teaching assistant around to help. Besides that, most every program is well supported with very experienced professors and many opportunities for academic assistance no matter what you major in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. Email academic advisors and know where you want to go in life as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the faster the bills of college pile up with having to stay there too long.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a beautiful campus with a very natural and open appearance with ample fields of grass to play in and trees to lay under as well as many historical buildings filled with a wide variety of architecture to set each one apart. This is a great school for those looking to achieve a degree in engineering, agriculture, design, industrial technologies, and English. Iowa State is a constantly improving university with environmentally friendly trash cans and fuel efficient buses as well as having a great location for the night life and always having events going on throughout the year around campus, most important of all: VEISHEA!

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many clubs, groups, organizations, school activities are available to the student body. There's also the various businesses in the area that further aid the fun-factor. Never is an excuse of there's nothing to do here acceptable.

    Food and Dining

    Probably your average or slightly above-average dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I'm not a fan of dorm life, it's not my style.

    Academic Rigor

    If you aren't already; be willing to ask questions, engage in class discussions, and stay late if needed so you get the most of your education. Most professors are happy and eager to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your college life, there is an enormous amount of school activities, groups, and other things to do while going to school. While studying should be your first priority don't get caught-up in it. Iowa State University is a very well-rounded school and there's literally almost something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    An adult-sized interactive playground. Coupled with a good educational process, Iowa State University meets the needs of students.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe here, campus is pretty compact and the ISU police will help you get where you're going if you don't feel safe walking alone.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities to get involved in as long as you're willing to look for them.

    Food and Dining

    Dining center food gets a bit repetitive but it is still pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The people at ISU are great if you'll give them the chance to show you.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are quite difficult, but some are rather easy, it all depends on how hard you're willing to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The teachers really care about your academic life and are willing to help with anything you're struggling with as long as you're willing to ask for their help.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a great place to learn and connect with people from all over. I absolutely love it there and have learned so much.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very pretty and lit up well at night. If you are scared, walk along Lincoln way.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are fantastic, cheap and you meet many people!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campeneiling (not sure how to spell it) is a tradition at ISU. The saying goes you are not officially an ISU student unless you kiss by the campeneil at midnight.

    What to do for fun

    I always joined up with friends and played football in the big fields of grass and I also joined many clubs to get me active and busy.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and usually varies every week; however, the centers do close fairly early.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are really nice and cozy. The learning communities are great to get into because then you will be living near people in your major, which is very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    They challenge you and help you become the best you can be in your subject of interest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved any of Iowa State's activities/clubs. There are so many to choose from and a fantastic way to meet friends.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a very good school to go to if you are interested in any Science or Engineering major. The teachers are always there when you need help and many opportunities for help if you are struggling. This college is tough at times; however, it is for the benefit of your future.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    THe campus is small enough to where you can walk from one end to the other in about 15min. There are cops that patrol in cars, safety escorts, and a car service you can call, its free to anywhere on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you won't be able to keep track of them all. The hold two different club fests so you can visit booths and figure out which best fits your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone. I am a design student, but i know plenty of other students in engineering, sports, drama, animal science, ect.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the bell tower called the Campanile and to become a true Iowa Stater you must kiss someone under the tower at the stroke of midnight.

    Bang for the buck

    There are art classes that you can take in your free time. Every weekend the student union plays a newly released movie for free with dollar popcorn, candy, and drinks.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs to join and free things to do. All you have to do is step out of the dorm.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining centers. All of them have a few specialties; such as blue bunny ice cream, a cafe, grills, and make your own sandwich bar.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. You get to know neighbors really well. The only downside is that there are those few people that cause problems.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what classes you take and how much effort you put forth into working on those classes. As long as you don't procrastinate you will do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions and get out of your comfort zone. Make sure you know at least one person in each of your classes so you can contact them if you ever need anything. Also remember to eat healthy, Freshman 15 is a real problem.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a great place to meet new people and to have exciting, and new adventures. Students are friendly and are always helpful. Life at Iowa State is both relaxing and thrilling.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Dorms are locked at certain hours and need keycards to get in. Campus security is very good and can come in a matter of minutes to your location

    What to do for fun

    Campustown has a ton of places to eat and go to on the weekends. Orange Leaf and Buffalo Wild Wings are popular for students.

    Food and Dining

    Dining centers are great but it's nice to get out of the campus and go eat downtown. Remember to use up your mealplan!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are notoriously bad but these aren't bad at all! Bathrooms and hallways are cleaned daily, your room is up to you!

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. Especially in classes where you have no interest, the dreaded gen ed classes aren't the most exciting but the specialized ones are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out of your shell and be the person you want to become. Always remember to try your best and study a ton!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful during all seasons. The classes are challenging and fascinating. There is always something to join or do on campus.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    With over 800 clubs and numerous benefits, there is always something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to class no matter what. Review your notes and study every night for at least an hour. Never take an opportunity for granted. Become involved with some type of club related to your major(s) and a club for fun.

    In three sentences

    It is an enjoyable and beautiful campus with numerous opportunities to get involved with some type of club. There is a wide range of major programs to choose from or have more than one major and/or a minor. Residential halls and clubs are a great way to meet new friends.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    College is never affordable, but compared to other Iowa public universities, Iowa State is the cheapest.

    What to do for fun

    Everything.

    Food and Dining

    Don't even get me started. I love food. Iowa State has good food.

    Dorm Life

    I also can't contribute much here, but on my college visit, I stayed at a dorm with a friend that attended ISU. It may just be her floor, but everyone got along well and it was a blast!

    Academic Rigor

    I do not know for sure! I am attending in the fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    In high school, be the best you can be at everything you do. Your hard work will pay off-literally! Do not get overwhelmed by the school size. It really isn't that bad, especially because of the different colleges and departments that ISU has to make a huge school much smaller. Also, go with your gut. Do not worry too much about money, although it is a very important factor. Most importantly though, do not go to a school you hate just because it is the cheapest. Everything will work out.

    In three sentences

    Not only is Iowa State University absolutely beautiful, it is a wonderful place full of genuine people who are willing to help. There is a reason why so many people attend this university. It offers endless opportunities and has something for every individual.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The is really good, it is one of the reasons I chose Iowa State its just regular cafeteria food. Always constantly change the menu daily, ranging from steak to spaghetti! There are many options of dining areas on campus as well as off campus too.

    Academic Rigor

    As a design student, this is for those looking to get into the design program. Yes, the design program was extremely hard, long hours working on projects, and little sleep. Though in the end trying your hardest pays off. It is not when people say design majors have no social lives, because you meet many people who are going through the same thing as you are. The design building and everyone in it, professors, friends, the janitors that clean up at four in the morning, really like to help and see you achieve. Excellent atmosphere!

    Tips for prospective students

    Iowa State is a beautiful place, where you will take steps in a new direction, go with an open mind, and own it.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phones every where on campus and there are buildings open 24 hours a day.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the large college size. In my opinion, during the semester you run into a number of people who run a similar schedule to you, so it can have a small campus feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Iowa State University has the largest student-run event in the country. VEISHEA is a tradition at ISU and it is a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    The in-state cost for ISU is very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, get involved in dorm activities, go to Carver for a movie night, get a late night snack at the C-Store, take a bus to the mall, or go to a football game.

    Food and Dining

    Seasons eating center is the best on campus. It's localized to all the dorms in that area and in my opinion, the best place to eat. I would even choose to eat there over going to a restaurant. Fantastic buffet.

    Dorm Life

    My experience with the dorms was not so great, so I suggest you talk to your new roommate a lot. Don't be afraid to get help from your CA if you are having trouble.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard depending on your major, but there are lots of classes you can take for fun as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find something to do. Go to ClubFest and join a club. It's a fantastic way to meet people.

    In three sentences

    ISU is a great place to grow and learn. With so many opportunities it is hard to find a better school with so much to do. You can make your experience at Iowa State University your own.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events!!

    Food and Dining

    I typically went to the UDCC and I loved the variety and freshness of food there.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Friley Hall my first year and I would not have changed it for anything!! It is a great location and the rooms are a decent size.

    Academic Rigor

    Always go to your professor's office hours because usually no one is there so you get undivided attention from your professor and they love helping you and it is a way that they will remember you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Destination Iowa State!! It is an easy way to meet people in your class and possibly people on your floor or dorm and it is a good way to get yourself oriented with the campus.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State made me feel welcome the second I stepped on campus and I felt comfortable and safe being there so my rating would be a 10 out of 10. Their sporting events are tons of fun especially Cyclone Hockey and Cyclone football. Professors are also approachable and helpful.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA. BEST. WEEK. OF. YOUR. LIFE.

    What to do for fun

    exercise! take a hike or run or go play raquetball, volleyball, basketball or go swimming! :]

    Food and Dining

    the food in the UDCC is not too bad but kinda expensive all the same.

    Dorm Life

    loved the people in the dorm, and the rooms in friley arent too small.

    Academic Rigor

    sometimes you get hard professors to understand but all is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    use your advisors and current students as much as you can when trying to register for classes. Just listen to the people there, cause they know how to make the process and change over so much easier.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a lovely place to be. The traditions here are awesome. and the people are so athletic for the most part which is awesome.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This college is very safe. There are always police officers going around at night to keep tabs on activities and we have a system in which anyone can call at night to be picked up and driven by an escort to your place of destination (if you feel unsafe walking).

    What to do for fun

    The variety of clubs is incredible and there will surely be a club for your interests. The university hosts many activities such as a free student theater where you can watch unreleased movies and once a month there is a huge activity called MU After Dark where there are many activities to do with friends and its a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Those freshman 15 are no lie, especially in Iowa Sate University. The dining centers have such a variety of food served in all you can eat style and it is very good. There are healthy options always available though and they cook up vegetarian items every day.

    Dorm Life

    As long as you research well, you will be able to find a dorm perfect for you. Dorms are kept clean and are spacious and usually feel like home. The bigger and better dorms are more pricey though, and smaller ones are much cheaper, but they are still all good.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes provide a challenge and you must study and develop your studying skills well. Professors will take into consideration a few excuses and if you have any questions, they certainly will answer you. Every class will have a reasonable amount of work, some more than others, but students have to take their time to actually do the assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    An important thing to do if you go to this or any school is to check your email daily. With correct time management and setting of priorities, you will be able to do well in any college. Remember to keep a good balance between health, academics and fun and give your education your all.

    In three sentences

    ISU is a great university with a variety of students of different backgrounds. You will certainly feel at home and it's easy to find help when you feel lost or doubtful of your next steps. It provides many opportunities for us students and the professors are very approachable.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I interned at ISU during the Fall Term and would often have to leave the office well after dark. Day or night I never felt unsafe. There is a Help Van and Escort Service available as well for when you have car trouble or need walked to another building at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the Zodiac in Memorial Union unless you want to fail your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    ISU is very expensive, even with in-state tuition. But for the type of education you can receive, and what the fees cover I suppose its all worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Growing up in Iowa near the ISU campus, there is more to do around here than people think. Join a club or intramural event, explore the town. There is plenty that Ames and the surrounding community has to offer students.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't had to live off the dining halls yet, but after visiting numerous times and interning, the food court and little cafes are very enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard and you may feel overwhelmed, but its all well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind! This is a university known across the globe and attracts students from every corner. You'll meet people and make friends you never thought you would have. Also, bring a pair of comfortable shoes.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Iowa State University

    In three sentences

    Iowas State is an amazing school with a variety of different majors and programs. It has a very strong science aspect perfect foer those planning on going into the medical field. Its a little pricey but its worth it.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a great security system. There is the Cy Police and they are always willing to assist. There is not a lot of crime on campus, but I don't take anything for granted.

    What to do for fun

    I am currently enrolled in a summer program and we have planned events every weekend. It is great. There are water parks, BBQs, time to mingle and just enjoy life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good especially the wings :).

    Dorm Life

    I am still new at the dorm life, but I enjoy it because it gives you an opportunity to meet people from different cultures, backgrounds and environments.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are demanding but it can be accomplished with the right attitude. The faculty is great and willing to assist as much as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared, focused and ready to embark on an academic adventure.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the campus as 8 because it is so beautiful and gives you a feeling of security. The faculty and students are all nice and friendly. The campus is diverse and full of opportunity.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus, there are strategically placed emergency phones for student safety. Additionally, the campus security staff responds very quickly to both emergency situations and if you have just locked yourself out of a building on campus.

    What to do for fun

    The best places for local fun depends on the season. In the middle of summer, Peterson Pits (a nearby park) and Saylorville Lake offer a reprieve from the heat. In contrast, during the winter, Seven Oaks offers the chance to go skiing and snowboarding.

    Food and Dining

    At Iowa State, there is a wide-range of food options, in and outside the dorms. Both the east and west-side dorms have in-dorm dining centers, meaning a filling meal is never out of reach. Additionally, there are many restaurants around Ames, offering a variety of different ethnic opportunities.

    Dorm Life

    In a word, patience is required for a successful dorm experience. At first, things can be stressful: a new roommate, a new place, a new schedule - it can be overwhelming. However, working through the initial stress can lead to a wonderful and supportive relationship with your roommate, who often becomes a lifelong friend.

    Academic Rigor

    It is important to set the bar high in terms of your academic standards. There are many grading options available at Iowa State University, making it easy to take additional coursework that you are interested in. Make use of auditing classes or the pass/fail option to take additional electives your are interested in.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an incoming freshman, it is crucial to have balance between your academic and personal lives. Try to get involved in a student activity related to your field of study and one completely disconnected. This helps you to meet with peers in and outside your academic circle as well as to discuss and broaden your interest in a variety of topics.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is an excellent technical school with access to state-of-the-art technology and industry-leading professionals. With one of a kind opportunities, students of Iowa State University are given an edge through student-defined research and extra-curricular activities. As an academic institution, Iowa State University offers students flexibility in designing their curriculum, allowing them to specialize in areas of their interest.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls were great, very impressive. Not only are there ample options, but they post nutrition facts so you can make healthy choices. The halls had nearly every kind of fare and it tasted great as well!

    Dorm Life

    I loved the fact that freshmen can live in suite style dorms! All the residence halls are very clean and updated. Many of the dorms have a kitchenette or even a dining hall in the building. Also, there are many community spots to hang out with friends and study.

    Academic Rigor

    I do not think that this is a highly rigorous school but it is a high quality education because of the numerous computer labs, classrooms and libraries. The school has many amenities and plenty of student resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you visit the college, make sure you walk all around the campus and visit the buildings that you will most likely have classes in. Meet with the head of your major and current students to ask your questions. Visit numerous residence halls to see which you prefer and also, make sure to eat in the dining halls to see that you like the food.

    In three sentences

    The campus was gorgeous and perfect size for walking. The residence halls were good quality and clean. The staff members were extremely welcoming and willing to answer all my questions.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ISU is a very safe campus. There are many staff members and students that are there to assist you with anything you need. There are always staff members on call in case of emergency. Another thing that is offered is a free ride via the ISU Campus Safety car.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling is one of Iowa State's traditions. It is said that you are not truly lovers until you and your significant other have kissed under the campanile (clocktower on central campus) at exactly midnight.

    What to do for fun

    At ISU, there are many things to do. On weekends in the Memorial Union, you can bowl, catch a free movie, or participate in a workshop. During the fall, you can go to one of the famous Cyclone football games! Also, there are many clubs through the university that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    Seasons dining center is a great place to eat a meal. The convenience stores on campus are also a great way to pick up a quick snack in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is a great way to integrate yourself into the Iowa State experience. Personally, I loved living in Friley Hall!

    Academic Rigor

    ISU is a very science and technology oriented school. If you plan to be an engineer, this is the school for you. Beware of the difficult math courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus during the first few years of your college experience is a great way to meet new friends, socialize, be involved in school activities, and to be aware of national and world topics.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a beautiful campus. Iowa State University is full of diverse and unique students from all over the globe. Professors at Iowa State University are passionate about what they teach.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to keep you plenty busy. If a student organization is not your thing, there are also intramural sports and watching our sports teams compete with colleges across the country. It would be very difficult to become bored while at ISU.

    Food and Dining

    There are a tremendous amount of dinning options on campus. There are a couple dinning halls and several small cafes located directly on campus. If you want to escape from campus for a little while, there are restaurants available in Ames and Campustown as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms are a standard size and can comfortably fit roomates. Both coed and gender specific options are available, as well as substance-free and air-conditioning options.

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa State University expects there students to challenge themselves with their classes, but allow themselves enough time to complete quality work. The amount of credit hours per semester varies from 12 to 18 on average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to explore the beautiful campus so you can discover the fastest way to get to your classes.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is little to no crime on campus as well as there are strategically placed telephones to allow for help in case of an emergency. Plenty of police on the streets where the people accumulate on weekends, and security cameras are at the entrance of almost every building.

    Greek Life

    Voed most interactive greek community in 2010, and 2011 this is due to the large number of participants as well as the many opportunities for paired events with the option to lead if you have the talents to do so.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have a hobby, well... theres a club for that! With so many choices it makes it too easy to meet people who enjoy doing the same things as you. Also club fest is hosted in the fall and spring giving students a chance to meet members on the board for these clubs to find out more before actually joining.

    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State would be great for you if you love to meet people quickly and have a sense of home feeling even when your at school. It is difficult coursework but I am sure if you are outgoing and determined not only will you find friends to help you through but if the faculty sees you are giving it everything you have then they as well will likely come to your aid.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campanile is the center piece of the school which is a clock tower that stands 72 feet tall on central campus and can be seen from anywhere. Also, there is V.E.I.S.H.E.A which is the largest student run celebration which is hosted in April every year including: music, parades, entertainment, student faculty tournaments and much more!

    Bang for the buck

    Despite the fact I pay out of state tuition its engineering degree is a tough one to match. With amazing facilities and faculty you will end up paying more to live there than to go there!

    What to do for fun

    The city itself play host to lots of great music venues, as well as a conveniently located downtown for movies and food. The bar scene is where many of the student congregate on weekends which allows for any option of crazy or relaxed with almost a dozen different styles of bars on the same street.

    Food and Dining

    Dining centers at Iowa state accommodate and food preference and and amount of people. It is one of the best times of the day, every day when everyone meets at the dining centers to enjoy each others company and wide variety of food. In the centers they have every imaginable food that is rotated so you get many meals from many ethnicities.

    Dorm Life

    Splendid food, Superb location, Well involved. these are three phrases that are essential to becoming integrated into a foreign society where you are expected to function and eventually flourish.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenges you to complete many daily assignments, including attendance of class for best grades. Lots of lab and group work in engineering study that is weighted upon you participation within the groups which is then accounted for in accordance with you lab teams assignment scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    come prepared to learn but be challenged to manage time in comparison to high school. keep your eyes open and nose to the grindstone and you will make it through!

    In three sentences

    A family community with the size of a city, with opportunity to make oneself into a successful human being. Helping and understand, yet challenging curriculum to expand ones thinking inside and out of the box. Beautiful to the eye and the heart.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs. And they also have a club fest to showcase them

    What to do for fun

    There are sports, intermural sports (over 50), clubs, the underground, cy theatre, and many more group activities.

    Food and Dining

    Many resturants and three food halls all have awesome food.

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of space for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    They have challenging classes but they also many learning comunities and study groups to help you if you are having troubles. There is also resitations for those who just can't figure it out by themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take their assesments before orientation. It's not stressed as much as it should be. And don't be afraid to ask the advisor questions.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a very diverse school with many opportunities. It also has a rich and long history in academic acheivements, and technological break throughs. The thing I most like about the university is the excitement they have for their new students.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University is an expensive school for out of state students however the ability to go to a smaller school but still have the networking possibilities of the Big 12 is priceless. I don't think I could have gone to any other large school and be such an active member in so much different clubs and organizations. Scholarships are easy to apply for and there is always work available on campus.

    What to do for fun

    All sorts of clubs. One would not think of Iowa as being the state where there'd be so much going on but actually there is ALWAYS something going on even if it's snowing.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLUB FEST! It's a festival that is helps you find clubs that are unique for YOU. My favorite part about being a freshman was living in the dorms and having the easy ability of meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Easy to meet new people through different events, clubs, and organizations. The atmosphere is all generated by the college life that embraced by the small town of Ames.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Iowa State University has its own law enforcement. There are stands set up around campus with a button to press if you feel unsafe, if you need help or if you would like an escort across campus. Press the button and a police officer will be there in less than 3 minutes.

    Greek Life

    There are 55 chapters at ISU that allow students to be involved in their community, be given a chance for leadership roles and raise money for their house charity. The Greek Community has a no tolerance policy with hazing and is punishable by law.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling: The campanile is a large bell tower in the middle of the campus whose bells chime daily and tradition states that a student officially becomes an Iowa Stater when kissed under the campanile as the carillon tolls midnight. This tradition is called 'campaniling.'

    What to do for fun

    ISU has over 800 clubs to be involved in that range from academic to sports, to video games to a Parkour club. You can catch a free movie in Carver 101 or check out the Student Union Board and Student Activities Center Online for free shows and events. There are many events that go on everyday at ISU that are fun and that are alcohol free.

    Food and Dining

    ISU has 4 main dining centers, 3 restaurants, 10 cafes and 3 convenient stores. The campus provides a wide variety of choices that fit your need such as pasta, salad bars and picking up a quick cup of coffee from a local cafe on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is what you make of it. It is not 5 star living, it is a place to stay. But the dorm community does have great involvement with the students such as Floor Cabinet and Game nights.

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa State University has over 100 majors. Some of the most creditable like the college of Veterinary medicine, the college of engineering and 1 out of the 13 fashion merchandising program in the U.S. The professors here have years of experience in their field of study such as Dan Shechtman, Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, a research scientist for the Ames Laboratory and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, who has recently won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Iowa State University has a spot for everyone. It has 100 majors and over 800 clubs for students to be involved in. It feels like a family atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is ideal for any person. It is beautiful campus, great place to study and the right place to start your journey. There is a path for everyone here at Iowa State University.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You're safe man. No worries.

    Greek Life

    A whole lotta sororities, and some frats. All off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Roughly a billion clubs and intramurals

    Great for these types of students

    Serious about education, but obviously looking for a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can't walk across the zodiac (a spot on the floor of one of the buildings) You have to kiss your lover under the clock tower at midnight, and streak across the quad

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty cheap for an out of state school, and they give plenty of money.

    What to do for fun

    There are SO many clubs. Join one.

    Food and Dining

    Gotta love the campus food.

    Dorm Life

    The buildings are great, except for the no A/C.

    Academic Rigor

    You're gonna learn your stuff, but the professors help a lot if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have decent grades and a solid ACT.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a ton of clubs, great people, and nice buildings. I haven't met or heard about a professor that people don't like. I can't believe how nice people are here.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. Security is always around and also available if you should need a ride back to your dorm when you are out late or at one of the buildings working.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and intramurals to get involved in. You will have no problem finding others with the same interests.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students will feel comfortable at ISU. There is so much to do and so many people, you will find it easy to find your way.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, we all know that, but it is an investment in your future. The financial plans are out there but you have to make an effort to work out what is best for you and your family.

    What to do for fun

    There is alot to do around campus but my favorite has to be the New State Gym. State of the art equipment, a rock climbing wall and a pool like no other. It is also conveniently located right across the street from my dorm so I like to visit as often as possible!

    Food and Dining

    Wonderful! The food on campus is amazing. Not only do we have the regular cafeterias but there is also a Panda Express and a Subway at the Union and our food plan is good there.

    Dorm Life

    I am very lucky to be in a newer dorm with a great roommate. It is of course different from home but in a good way. Learning to get along with many different people and appreciating our differences.

    Academic Rigor

    With my focus on Architecture Iowa State was a perfect fit. They offer so many majors and have small schools within a large university. I like this part of my schedule, that I get to actually spend time at the School of Design my first year of college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into more than one school! There is a school out there for everyone and don't just settle. Make sure you can see yourself living there for the next 4-6 years.

    In three sentences

    The beautiful campus of Iowa State is the first thing to capture your interest. As you make your way around the campus you will notice how much they have to offer. It only gets better from there!

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had a single issue with safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is amazing. So proud to be greek and a proud 4 year member of a fraternity.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, attend sporting events, play sports on central campus, and join clubs.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but enlightening courses where you learn a lot

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, go greek, and get involved. Be proactive and don't let opportunities for fun and development personally and academically pass you by.

    In three sentences

    An amazing environment set on a beautiful campus. Awesome extra curricular activities, and academic opportunities. High academic prestige, coupled with amazing social life and friendships, as well as great athletic atmosphere and sports teams.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are numbers you can call if you want a ride back to your room at night or you can call and have someone walk back with you so your not by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost any club you want and if there isn't one but you want it, start ir yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you kiss your boyfriend/girlfriend under the Campanile at midnight it is true love. If you step on the Zodiac in the Memorial Union, you will fail your next test.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals or clubs always have you busy, or just hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Many different places to eat and all are great with a wide variety of selections.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of different activities to do with the people on your floor or with your whole building like a competion night.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of great places to study and many opportunites to get tutoring or help on homework or a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and often. Going to class is super important.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Very nice people. Great learning atmosphere.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Important here, but not everyone does it. You make the experience what you want it to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way too much for the average person to list!

    What to do for fun

    Movie nights every weekend, always a school sponsored event and often greek life is a party.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety, fresh fruits and always a good desert.

    Dorm Life

    Varies from place to place, community involvement depends on size and location.

    Academic Rigor

    You make it as rigorous as you want depending on how you fill your schedule

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Even the smallest club will add a great amount of enjoyment to your time here.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere, never a dull moment. Definitely a niche for everyone. Campus is beautiful, food is delicious.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only time I would ever think about being unsafe on campus would be after midnight and before about 5 if I'm walking on central campus where it's not lit or a few unlit roads around there. However, there's plenty of routes around that, having a bike makes it better, and if you're smart you're not going to be out at that time anyways.

    Clubs and Activities

    A big advertisement for ISU is that they have over 800 clubs and organizations. There's really much less that are actually active and have members, but there's still a lot, and something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are really into agriculture, engineering, and design. It;s also good for biology/ecology and other science, especially if you want to study abroad. This school is amazing at giving the students plenty of study abroad options and help every step of the way getting there.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state so this is a little pricey but compared to other out of state prices for other schools this one's pretty good. For me but especially for someone from Iowa, this is a great value. Financial aid also is pretty easy to come by and deal with, even for someone like me who never seems to be able to find scholarships that apply to me fr various reasons.

    What to do for fun

    There's really something for everyone. I like dancing and I've tried a different type every semester and still haven't gotten through all my options. There's a lot of events going on all the time, especially shows at Stephen's Auditorium and everything from lectures to multicultural shows to hypnotists at the MU. Another thing I like to do is generally be active riding my bike, doing yoga, playing tennis, and recently we got a new gym with an amazing pool so that's always great!

    Food and Dining

    I hardly ever eat food on campus anymore, but when I did it was good. Since I stopped eating on campus, however, I realized how much better it can be if I make my own food which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars.

    Dorm Life

    I was only in the dorms for one year and it was fine, but not really for me. There are dorms here for every type of person, so you'll be happy. I just personally like my apartment much better.

    Academic Rigor

    In my experience the academics are as hard as you make them. I've gotten through classes with good grades and barely any work but the content didn't stick so well. I can spend all my free time studying and do great, but that does make it hard, so you just have to find a balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many different types of opportunities here, but you have to search them out. Go outside your comfort zone and try multiple, different, new things. Learn your way around campus and around the city, if you have a bike you almost never have to use the bus. From the beginning, keep track of what classes/credits you'll need so you don't end up with surprises in the form of needing extra semesters later on. Look into study abroad, there's something for everyone!

    In three sentences

    ISU is a bubble of more diversity than there seems in the middle of nowhere. For me, it's a base to get a degree and learn how to live on my own while I figure out where I want to go from here. It's actually quite beautiful here and there's plenty to do if you search for it, but it's not the kind of place I would want to live longer than I have to for college.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Help Van will pick you up wherever you may be on campus after simply calling them to tell them where you are. There are also emergency buttons throughout campus that will alert someone if you are in trouble, as well as an excellent texting system to automatically alert students of any dangerous situations on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a big deal at Iowa State. While I personally am not a part of it, I know a ton of people who have loved their experiences within the Greek Community. There are constantly events being held on campus by sororities and fraternities that make them known to the rest of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone! Iowa State does a great job of making these clubs known by hosting a well-advertised club fest at the beginning of each semester. You can go and check out every club that ISU has to offer and find one that fits you perfectly!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in Ames! Iowa State does a great job of providing free entertainment like movie-theater style movies or cheap concerts in the Memorial Union. People can always be seen playing frisbee on Central Campus and you can't forget all of the awesome sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    No matter where you are on campus, you can always find a convenience store, dining center or cafe! You will never go hungry whether you're spending a late night in the library or need a quick breakfast or snack during the day. Not only is it convenient, but the food is pretty good for college food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are always full of energy! It is so easy to make friends with people in the residence halls because of all the activities that the housing department sets up for it's students.

    Academic Rigor

    I have felt challenged in every class I have had during my time at Iowa State. Whether it is memorizing theories for classes or thinking critically about a topic I have never been exposed to, the course work has helped me grow into a more educated and well-rounded student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't rush into a major! Explore all of your options by taking a variety of classes. You never know what you'll find!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great school for students looking for academic excellence as well as multiple opportunities for clubs and athletics. The professors are passionate about their material and are interested in the success of their students. Iowa State University is a beautiful campus all year round.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The dorms each have activities planned each week and there are so many clubs to choose from to participate. If you want to be busy there is always something to do but if you want to have quiet time to yourself there is always a quiet space too. I have met so many people and love my experience so far.

    Food and Dining

    At first it was hard to schedule lunch around my class schedule, but I have managed to find alternatives. The food selections offered in the dining halls is great and I have never been hungry for lack of variety. There are several locations around campus to pick from which is very helpful as well.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in a suit dorm room. I have three roommates and have a living area and our own bathroom. We have all gotten along great and I feel as if I'm living with my best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I was fortunate in having already completed some of the elective courses during high school so I have more opportunity to explore other courses during college. The courses I have chosen my first semester have been challenging but most are in smaller group settings, rather than in the large lecture halls. This is a major advantage in helping understand the material and have greater class discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to try to narrow down the area you want to study and talk with the advisor in that area before making the deicsion to attend. I gained so much more knowledge about the area from talking with the advisor compared to just reading the brochures.

    In three sentences

    I have had a great first semester at Iowa State University. The instructors and advisors are very helpful. I have made great friends and feel like I am at home here.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs to join and there is a mall that is just a busride away!

    Food and Dining

    Very good food!!!

    Dorm Life

    There are a ton of dorms to choose from, have a system called housing to create smaller communities within a large dorm hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Has some great engineering programs

    Tips for prospective students

    It is in the small town of Ames, so don't expect a big city atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    Really pretty campus, has great engineering programs.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are A LOT of clubs that are available at Iowa State.

    Food and Dining

    The food was great. There were many different options. They is more than one dining hall, so it wasn't too crowded.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of dorms and many different kinds of them. There are also things called learning communities on some of the floors in some residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa State is a great school if you are planning on majoring in anything engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus has a small town feel, but not too small town. The campus is pretty large and spread out though, but it isn't hard to get around.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a gorgeous campus. Everyone seems so friendly and the atmosphere is very comfortable.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you have the time, you can find so many free or cheap opportunities to entertain yourself at school to make the high price of tuition worth it.

    What to do for fun

    When you find time for fun you can always find free, safe activities.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing beats a home cooked meal, but the food here isn't the worst.

    Dorm Life

    It's not as easy as it sounds having a roommate, but it has it's rewards.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is tough, but if it was easy then everyone would do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Friends come and go but school is what should come first.

    In three sentences

    I think Iowa State University is a great school. You couldn't get a more beautiful campus, and more dedicated professors. If anyone asked for my opinion on where they should go I would definitely say Iowa State.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The SALT Company is an awesome college group through Cornerstone Church that has kept me sane during school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you come! It makes your decision so much easier when you know where you are going to live!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a beautiful campus all year round. The community, people and faculty are amazing and make Iowa State feel like home. The courses are challenging but are fun and rewarding and allow the students to learn and grow.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Being in state, it is still expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The towers aren't the greatest place to live.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy the campus. The classes are good and the professors actually try to help you out. My advisor has helped me out a lot as well.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's help vans around, very well lit, and there's usually always people out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun, it's not for me exactly, but i have a lot of friends who really enjoy it!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options. There's something to meet everyone's interest.

    Great for these types of students

    ISU is great for hard working, fun-loving students. There's something for everyone here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the traditions on campus is kissing underneath the Campanile at midnight, seeing the swans in the lake right by Memorial Union, Never walking over the seal in memorial union. Some of my favorite spots as ISU are on the stairs at Bearshired Hall, and my study spot in the library in the resource room.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth the money to come to a big university. It's one of the best experiences of my life. I never want to leave!

    What to do for fun

    For fun I often go out with friends, go to the provided ISU After Dark specials, movies, and I'm in a few clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    Love my dorm, my room mate, and floor mates. The only bad thing about dorm life is sharing a shower!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but there's so much help available!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to campus, as soon as you get here you will be drawn in to everything Iowa State has to offer. Go to a game, you will see how fun Iowa state is!

    In three sentences

    Best college experience ever. So many options of things to do ranging from clubs, to work experience and more! There is so much help available, it's almost impossible to fail!

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campustown is a lot of fun, that is where i spend the majority of my time. Otherwise there are study rooms throughout each dorm and you can watch movies with your friends or have a study group. In one of the school buildings they have movie nights from thursday till sunday free for students and they provide a good selection. The MU after dark is underneath the Memorial Union and there are video games, bowling, pool etc. Throughout the floors in the dorms there are cabinet members that for social events for the students that live there!

    Food and Dining

    I live right next to the dining center, the food is pretty good compared to other colleges i have visited. It is very clean and there are several places around you can eat. The only down side is the weekend schedule that they are open.

    Dorm Life

    I chose to go the cheap route and have a dorm without air conditioning. The temperature fluctuates quite a bit but you get to know everyone very well. The dorms in Friley are the best in my opinion although I do not live there

    Academic Rigor

    There is always help available to you through your advisor, peer mentor, student services, online study help, supplemental instruction, tutors, and much more! Every major is different but if you are having trouble with your grades there is always somewhere to turn to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Iowa State University! Taking a campus tour will really give you a great idea of how the campus really works.

    In three sentences

    The amount of resources available to students is phenomenal. Classes are small enough where you can get to know your professors/TA's as well as get the help you need. The campus is easy to get around and the buses are free to students throughout Ames.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life but it is fun to watch them here on campus. They put on many activities such as philanthropies, parties, shows such as Yell like Hell and Lip Sync (two Iowa State traditions) held during VEISHEA and Homecoming. Everyone seems to love it, even outsiders.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that can handle staying busy and on top of their school work. There is so much Iowa State has to offer it's community that it is hard to say no. Students must learn to balance fun and school, but it is very possible, because all of us here pick it up quickly. Motivation is key!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone's favorite tradition on campus is VEISHEA. VEISHEA is a week long event that holds many traditions. It was started in the 1800's as a festival representing all the majors. It continues to this day to be a festival, a week full of cherry pies (tradition), kissing under the campanile with your loved one (tradition), honoring our favorite campus animals (our swans), concerts, games, late night events, and many other activities through out campus. It is Iowa State's favorite time of the year!

    What to do for fun

    Football Games! Reimann Gardens, Food in town, campustown, exploring the campus, clubs, activities offered by the university, intramurals, work-out centers, rock climbing wall, Lake Aida Hayden, basketball games, tailgaiting, concerts, Dance marathon... the list never ends!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! The freshman class the past two years have been the biggest Iowa State has ever had. The school is growing and eventually it will have to start making cuts. Also, apply for many scholarships because it is a bit expensive if you are out of state.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has the most beautiful campus, during every season. The food here is not something you would find in a lunch room, they offer great cafes and dining centers. All other amenities offered and the people that are offer them are so great and friendly.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and if someone has to walk home at night and does not feel safe to walk across campus alone the school police department has a solution of providing safety escorts to walk or drive you back to your dorm.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends and the usual weekend shenanigans.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food is expected to be terrible and in some cases it is but overall the food is fairly decent and after not eating at the dining centers anymore you will find yourself starting to actually miss some of the stuff offered there.

    Dorm Life

    I suggest to everyone to live in the dorms at least one year, usually freshman year. It is a fun environment when you get to know the people you live around especially if you get along with them.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging but not in a bad way. Then there are also the classes that would be considered an easy A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms freshman year! You will meet a lot of people that will be by your side the rest of your college career. This also helps for when you get to the step of living off campus as perspective roommates.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a very beautiful campus and campus buildings which creates for a nice environment to study around. The teachers are all knowledgable in their material and show their passion for the subjects. There is a wide variety of classes and majors that would suit basically anybody.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fairly good

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and tons of clubs for students to partake it! The Criminal Justice Club is awesome!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone would love being on Iowa States campus. Everyone welcomes everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student sections cheers; Campaniling (you're a true Iowa State if you kiss your partner at midnight at the Campanile)

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends, attend the colleges sporting events

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of dining options on campus. It allows you to change up what you have everyday so you don't eat the same stuff every week. Overall its good.

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorms freshman year. Freshman year is a big deal in meeting new friends and establishing life long friendships. The dorms overall a fairly nice; especially when you get into a new building.

    Academic Rigor

    Every major has a different amount of coursework but they all are fair in making it challenging but not to challenging that you can't get the homework done. Teachers are always there to help students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know you will struggle in a class, get a tutor right away. They help tremendously.

    In three sentences

    Iowa state has a very nice campus that is easy to navigate around to find classes or meet with teachers and other students. The teachers are very knowledgeable of their teachings. Basically everyone is nice, friendly, and respectful of others.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know, sadly this is the only part of the Iowa State Community that I haven't really got connected with

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do and get involved in on Iowa State Campus, there is literally over 500 student run clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, the campus is quite diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campanile is a trademark of Iowa State, it is said that if you kiss under the bell tower as the Clock strikes midnight you've become an official Iowa Stater

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that Iowa State University is defiantly worth it's weight in gold, maybe I'm biased as I've never studied at another college but I've found that I've enjoyed my time here so far and learned a lot in the process.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do it's hard to sum it all up, but I will say that no mater what your interests are you'll find something you'll love to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is actually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life, although it takes a little getting use to, is an amazing experience. Defiantly live in the dorms for at least one year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are an important part of being in college, and it's portrayed threw out everything we do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't Fall Behind in Classes, it's hard to catch up

    In three sentences

    It's Pretty Awesome

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If it is dark or late at night, make sure you walk on lighted paths and busier paths and try to walk with a partner. It sounds juvenile but seriously, crazy things happen on campus and you do not want to be a victim of something like that. Be smart about who you hang out with and keep tabs on your friends as well as have friends that will keep tabs on you.

    Greek Life

    I am not in the Greek Live, however many students are and I know it is quite a time commitment, but you also meet many people and there are numerous exciting events. If you want a close community in a larger college, going Greek can definitely help you out.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently in Navegators, which is a Christian college ministry in the midwest, I have learned so much more about myself and God, it's impacted me and helped me so much already. I am also an ISU hockey cheerleader and have enjoyed supporting the team as they battle it out on the ice!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most used tradition is not to walk on the Zodiac in the Memorial Union, which is ISU's main campus building. Supposedly if you walk on it, you will fail your next exam. Due to this, every student you see enter through the doors make an arc around the floor's Zodiac to avoid the bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Shop sales when you need something, and do not spend money on things that you do not need or will not get much use out of. It was hard for me to see the first payment of my university bill drain all of my savings that I had been working at my whole life, but the little things do add up when you save and use your money wisely.

    What to do for fun

    I am not into drinking and partying, and thankfully I have found a group of friends who feel that same way! On our weekends we have movie nights, play glow in the dark ultimate frisbee, or soccer in the hallways. Iowa State also has an event called After Dark which is available I believe once a month and they have numerous neat speakers, karaoke, free bowling and pool, etc. so we hang out there some times as well.

    Food and Dining

    Students here are served buffet-style and because I live in the dorms I am required to have a meal plan. Most of the time, the food is tasty, my personal favorite is their BBQ ribs and asparagus, however their pizza is always delicious as well! The most negative thing about their food a dining is that the dessert bar is always open; I have had to learn self-control, because it is all too easy to quickly walk by and make a self-serve ice cream sundae!

    Dorm Life

    While it is expensive, crowded, and old, through the dorm life, I have met a great group of friends. It's been very nice finding this group of girls because since we live on the same floor, we can see and talk with each other whenever we are home. I live near a variety of all types of people in the dorm and it has taught me to be flexible and patient when things do not always go how I would like them to in my living space.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough at Iowa State. I was a good student in high school, but that was nothing compared to college. Here there is a lot of work involved, but at the same time you are taking classes that are mainly areas of interest for you, so while it is much greater work, it is also easier to do because if it is what you like, you feel more driven to complete and understand the information.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not know what you want to major in, do not panic, take classes from all of your interests and you should find out pretty quickly what you like and do not like. Make sure to save time to exercise and eat right, get enough sleep, a healthy body makes college so much smoother! Lastly, if you do not understand something, ask your professor, even if it is a lecture-hall class, they will gladly help you.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great college and is located on a beautiful campus! I debated whether or not to go there or keep looking for other colleges, however I decided on Iowa State and I have not been disappointed by my decision once yet. It's taught me so many useful skills not just from the classroom but living on my own and being independent and reliable by myself--skills that I feel are very necessary for a future career and successes!

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of safety precautions that are taken on campus. Campus police are always near by, and there is a HELP Van service that will give students rides or jump cars for students who are on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of fraternities and sororities, but I'm not a part of the Greek community at Iowa State, so I can't say much more about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at ISU, and a lot of them are specific to certain colleges and majors, making it easy to meet people with the same academic interests as yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a good option for pretty much any kind of student. There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA is kind of the big thing every year that everyone participates in, and it's all done right in the middle of campus. There's also the Campanile in central campus, and every day during the semester at noon, they play a song with the bells in the tower.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I am getting what I pay for as far as my education is concerned, but I find that living on campus is much more expensive than it should be, and that's why I personally choose to live in an apartment elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    Welch Avenue is a street right in campus town, and it is located right off of campus. There are tons of little restaurants and bars, so there is always something to do within walking distance of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining here are excellent. There are plenty of choices, and there are cafes and dining centers throughout campus, so there is always some place nearby. I love the Caribou Coffee on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's impossible for me to really rate the dorm life accurately, as I have always lived off-campus, but from what I've heard of it, students seem to enjoy the campus life, and there are a lot of amenities for those who do live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here ask for a lot, but it is nothing impossible or unheard of. It encourages students to push themselves and try their best, and it can be very good preparation for the real world after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your advisor. They can be a great resource for you. Also, try to get to know your professors, too. They're more helpful when they personally know a student.

    In three sentences

    The professors are very personable and seem to care about students. There are a lot of resources for students needing help with academics. There are several great places to eat or grab a snack.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Can't wait to go here.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Security posts everywhere, Ames isn't quite what one would call the ghetto; in fact quite the opposite.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of activities; personally I'm planning on seeing what lacrosse is all about, doing martial arts, and checking out the hoolah hooping club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something called VEISHA, apparently students have events on campus. It is usually a time for clubs to do a demo or presentation.

    Bang for the buck

    Great for if you are in-state, not so great if you are out of state. The max automatic merit scholarship ($7000 over 4 years) is small compared to private colleges but that pattern is probably observed when comparing private to public anyway.

    Food and Dining

    Three dining halls across campus; restaurants like Hickory Park are nearby.

    Dorm Life

    If you are planning to go there and care about where you will be living make sure you take a visit and remember the halls that are newly built or refurbished. If you can't stand a dorm room with AC you may get stuck in one if you don't reserve early enough or don't reserve with that knowledge.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ames is a great place. There is the main strip with bars and clubs as well as great places to eat. Also, Des Moines is not far off if you need a transportation hub or other things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Iowa State has an incredible set of dining halls. They take recycling and food allergies very seriously and have great programs that address both.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for a year was one of the best experiences of my life; definitely a must for every college student.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will challenge you, but not to the point of frustration. Put your best effort in and you will go far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms your freshman year! It will be a great, necessary experience that will help you to make friends your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a phenomenal college that has something for every student. The campus is gorgeous and the architecture is beautiful. Professors care about the success of the student.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are definitely stereotypes of college students and fun that happen on campus. There will be those that drink and those that get into video games but there are also a lot of organizations to get involved in. There are a few hundred clubs so there definitely will be something you enjoy. Could be skydiving, swing dancing, church clubs, clubs in your major, anything! There are definitely a lot of ways to have fun here!

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers on campus are great for the most part! Of course there will be food items that you hate but more that you liked. Also the hours of operation are pretty good and there are alternatives for once the dining centers close.

    Dorm Life

    I've only ever lived in the dorms because of how awesome they are. I've been involved in student government since I got here (social chair, house president, building social chair, hopefully a CA (RA) position. Depending on the style of dorm that you live in you will have opportunities to meet a lot of people. In suite style dorms there isn't as much of a social aspect because they have their bathroom in their room and never have to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard if you're not putting forth the effort you need but they can also be easy if you study and understand the material. Of course there will be classes that you hate but there will also be classes that you enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    I personally recommend getting a place where you can study. It's one thing to sit down and try to study and another to get away from your distractions and study. College is meant for 1. getting an education and 2. having fun. Make sure you take care of academics first and develop good studying habits.

    In three sentences

    ISU is a large campus where you can meet someone new every day. Living on campus is a great way for students to get involved and have better grades. There re plenty of resources available to students whether it's help with classes, counseling, harassment, etc.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I enjoy weightlifting, running and just hanging out with friends for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great for the first couple of weeks but by the end it starts to get very old and repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is an awesome experience for students to be able to meet new people and develop life long bonds with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is great at allowing you to be able to push yourself and to be able to expand your learning capabilites.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for college in general. Be willing to open up and try new things as well as meet new people.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome school for every kind of student. They are very good at making a student feel like they are learning one on one. The university has a small town feel yet has the big campus lifestyle.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Definitely safe. There are lights on every pathway during the night!

    Greek Life

    ABSOLUTELY JOIN!!!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Active, Athletic, Environmental

    Food and Dining

    I love the dining centers but there should be plain items everyday for people who are picky eaters like myself.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is alright but the bathrooms could use some work.

    Academic Rigor

    After my first semester in college, I can honestly say I am struggling. I know I can do better and will pursue help because there is so much of it at ISU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't join too many clubs right away, school is the reason you are there. Prioritize what is important.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is an amazing school! It is just the perfect size and the right amount of students in each class. As cheesy as it sounds, I love waking up in the morning to go to school.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities that the school host pretty much every week. And there is a nice gym to go to. Also intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    I love going to the Memorial Union to eat. They have so many choices and it is at a reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, but my friends have and they said that they really enjoyed living there. They met a lot of new people and made a lot of friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a big school so you need to get involved in activities to get to know people. There are so many clubs that you can get involved in so it wouldn't be hard to do.

    In three sentences

    I think that it is a good school to go to. If you are interested in animal science it is a great school for you. It will give you a great education in whatever major you decide to take.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so many things to do, many student groups have events weekly from music and comedians, to weekly free bowling and night games. Getting involved in intramural sports, extracurricular professional groups and fun clubs and any of the exciting projects will keep you always busy and always having a great time.

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty of cafes and dining on campus but are very crowded during peak times making it difficult to grab something quick to eat between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms at Iowa State, but there are dorms that are more academic focused and some that are party focused. Be sure to research this and choose appropriately.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my professors have been very competent and fair in their teaching and grading. Never being afraid to ask for help when needed is one of the keys to success. The help labs on campus can be extremely helpful and visiting professors and teaching assistants during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into scholarships and utilize your academic advisors and career service departments.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a large university with a small feel. Iowa State is one of the few closed land grant public schools in the US meaning that the campus is all nearby and easy to get around. With that small feeling you still are able to get small class sizes once you get past your general education courses which means more one on one time with your professors which goes a long way to your success.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at ISU and the Iowa State Police Department police are never far, I usually see at least one squad car a day. There are help buttons all over campus and a phone number for transportation at night. I haven't had any issues at ISU with my safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different organizations at ISU to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for engineering students because ISU has a lot opportunities/majors for them. ISU is also great for Supply Chain Management students (great program).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kissing under the Campanile at midnight means you will marry the person you kissed and it also makes you a true ISU student. Walking on the zodiac sign in the Memorial Union will cause you to fail your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    ISU is reasonably priced and I feel like I'm paying a fair amount for tuition. However it is expensive to live in the dorms, and I don't think I should have to pay as much as do, however I still think it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The Memorial Union always host lectures, concerts, bingo, and other fun events to do. Getting involved in clubs is the best way to find things to do for fun because its great experience and a great way to meet new people. There is a lot to do in Ames like paint pottery, go shopping, go to movies, go out to eat/coffee, go to the library, and use nature trails.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of dining options available but I am not impressed with the nutrition of food provided. The quality of produce at the dining centers and other restaurants on campus is extremely poor. Buffet style options at the dining centers are filled with chinese, pizza, and mostly unhealthy options. It has been especially difficult to adapt to dining center eating at ISU because I struggle with an eating disorder and the calorie content of all foods is listed next to the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great and I would recommend for all freshman to live in the dorms for the first year. It's great not having to worry about paying various bills and having adults around keeps my living environment quiet and safe. Dorms are a great way to make long lasting friends. I live in Martin Hall and I have been thoroughly impressed with living there, and am going to live in the same dorm next year because I love it so much.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is very dependent on the classes that you take, however, finding challenging classes is very easy. There is a class on about everything, and most don't fill up too quickly if you register early enough. There are easy classes as well, and I would compare it to high school because it's really dependent on what you sign up for. I have been challenged, but not overwhelmed by any of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's great to have a major figured out when applying to Iowa State because then you are able to apply for more departmental scholarships; if you do decide to switch majors, try to hold off until the end of the academic year, in order to not lose departmental scholarships. Take advantage of resources at the Student Services Center because they can help you with just about anything. Apply to be in the Honors Program at ISU, it's a great way to get opportunities to challenge yourself academically and it's also great for networking and making friends.

    In three sentences

    I fell in love with Iowa State after a couple weeks of attending classes. The campus is beautiful, and its separation from Ames and beautiful historic buildings, makes it feel more like a college campus than a lot of other colleges and universities. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved, and also there are an endless amount of resources available to help succeed at school.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go out and spend some time with friends

    Food and Dining

    ITS AWESOME

    Dorm Life

    Got to get friends, and start talking

    Academic Rigor

    Soon far its nice, most teachers are pretty cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as possible to get to know people.

    In three sentences

    Iowa state so far is interesting so far

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do during the week, but the weekends are pretty boring. One cool thing they do though is there use a lecture room with a projector to show movies for free Thursdays through Sundays.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options to choose from which is really nice, but there's not a ton of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good, the one downside is it is really loud in some buildings pretty late.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers really do challenge you and expect you to do the work and readings to do well on tests. But as long as you do the readings and the assignments all on time it's not bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to bring a car your freshman year, stadium parking is a huge hassle, so if you can, don't get stadium parking. Also if you plan on taking Economics 101, try not to get Professor Weninger.

    In three sentences

    The campus is great, it seems super confusing when you visit but once you get there you realize the layout is actually really simple and easy. They are renovating or have already renovated a lot of buildings so most of the rooms are nice and not too crowded or run down looking. There are also buses that will take you all over campus and also all over Ames that don't cost any extra, which is great!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't felt safer or more at home. Also the campus security is friendly and willing to help at anytime.

    Greek Life

    A close knit community that helps member and the Ames community but also throw amazing parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Work well into your schedule and fill whatever desires you have now or plan to prep for the future.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kinds, studious, athletic, artistic, musically inclined, linguists, the list is lengthy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Central Campus for kissing under the campanile at midnight or VEISHA largest student organized student event in the nation (greatest party week)

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University is a hidden treasure

    What to do for fun

    Over 800 clubs, activities, and organizations. Anything that you can think of we probably have or you could form a club if we don't have one.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing for the first couple of weeks however home cooking is appreciated when traveling home.

    Dorm Life

    The smaller residence halls like Roberts are more like a family community with tons of activities to do while the larger hall like Friley are more apartment feel without as many interactive activities with other residents.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a rigorous education, that will widen your mind and perspective on life. Not only this but allow on to see the world in more then one lens.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your homework because in the long run you will be able to do all the activities you want and desire to participate in. Also to think for yourself and open minded because it is a lot that can be learned and observed.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a middle large college with a wonderful home atmosphere where everyone is friendly. You are challenged to take charge of your own education and make it the adventure you wish to see. At Iowa State University you write your own story and future.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are 31,000+ students walking around campus on a daily basis with me and I left safe every minute I have been on campus! I see a good number of policemen driving on the streets of campus, making sure everything is ok. At night, there is a free ISU ride service that will drive you to your destinations to keep you from harm. Every day in the school paper there is a section for the police blotter so that people can find out who & where the trouble is in the area.

    Greek Life

    I haven't lived in a frat but I know people that live in them & enjoy their time there. Safe to be a part of & the frat people I know are very nice!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs affiliated with Iowa State. It's very possible for a person to find multiple clubs that are specific to their major & many others that fit their hobbies. The more involved you are, the better your chances are of getting an internship!

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Designers, Business Majors, Agriculture Majors, & Athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our biggest tradition happens every year about the week before finals week in the spring, Veishea! Veishea is a week long event with various events & rides celebrating the colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, & Agriculture. Our nickname Cyclones is very unique among colleges in the U.S.

    Bang for the buck

    Of all of the schools I was accepted to, this one was the cheapest based on the scholarships I received by the schools. Even Iowa State was cheaper than any in-state (Missouri) school offering engineering! With your money, you get an awesome learning experience, great friendships & exciting athletics to watch!

    What to do for fun

    Whenever you are looking for a nice study break, there are tons of options for fun! Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights there is a movie shown for free. The movie is typically one that just came out of the theaters a month or two ago. If you like music, there's the Maintenance Shop where up-and-comers play for various prices almost twice a week. The best fun can be found at the sporting events! Jack Trice Stadium & Hilton Coliseum are always packed with excited Cyclone fans. Students get a discounted price for the games & it is definitely worth it!

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls on campus & both are great at providing a variety of food options. From Salads, pasta, pizza, Chinese, burgers, deli sandwiches, & cereal, there are lots to choose from! On the west side of campus there is also a sports atmosphere type of restaurant where you can watch sports & use dining dollars or meal bundles to get food. This place is usually open late for those who miss the dining center. All of the food seems to be prepared well & not like something that just came out of the freezer. If you are looking for a job the dining centers have many positions open for hire!

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are reasonably sized and the majority of them are on campus and nearby your classes; depending on your major. Most of the students living nearby leave their doors open so meeting them is very easy to do. The community adviser is very friendly & creates events to help make the area friendlier and more personable. The majority of the dorms consist of freshman and sophomores and very little seniors. Some of my best friends have come from meeting them in the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    All of the teachers know their material; some can teach it better than others. The majority of the core classes are held in huge lecture halls with tons of students, but the more classes you take, the smaller the class sizes are. The engineering students here at Iowa State learn a lot of good information from their classes. It shows because graduated students typically do very well on the Professional Engineering Test and Iowa State has one of the largest career fairs in the U.S.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a smaller meal plan when you first start out. I bought the medium sized plan (2 meals per day) but that became too much for me, so i went to the smallest meal plan (8 meals per week). You may be thinking less meals means less food but the smaller the meal plan, the more dining dollars you get. The dining dollars can be used at places like Panda Express & Subway! Also, the best way to find out how good your teachers are is if you use ratemyprofessor.com or even talking to upperclassmen. Get involved early! The more involved you are in activities, the better your chances are of getting an internship over the summer.

    In three sentences

    The perfect college for me! It's perfect because the students & Ames residents are very pleasant, I learn a lot from my civil engineering classes, and the athletic events are exciting and very supportive of their school. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else!

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Having personally used the campus safety services multiple times, I have to say that in my opinion they are absolutely amazing. They have taken me home when I felt unsafe in reasonable timing and they have helped me with my car when it was stuck in the snow. So in my opinion campus security is great on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not being part of Greek life makes it difficult for me to review it. From what I have seen Greek life is good in the sense that it will build a community for you, that is like a family, and you will meet people that will be a good influence on you throughout college. Also the Greek life system generally encourages student to get higher grades.

    Clubs and Activities

    Due to the vast number of activities and clubs on campus there is always something for every student to join that pertains to there interests. The campus has a wide variety that are both diverse and fun based. In my opinion Iowa State does a very good job in including all student with something of there interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Science based majors- biology, micro-bio, physics, mole bio etc. and math based majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't really think there are any particularly unusual traditions on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is in my opinion is generally worth its money as it allows you to have a variety of activities and intramural sports that are free with fees. Also the campus provides health care services at very reasonable prices with a small fee for the semester.

    What to do for fun

    Iowa State offers a range of activities including dancing, art, martial arts, etc. They also offer fun events such as ISU After Dark (free food, activities, and generally celebrity performers) and VEISHA (concerts and foods) along with Cyclone Cinema (free campus movie theaters that feature new films).

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining centers that offer a variety of food. The problem is the food is generally poor quality. The food seems to be mostly processed, pre-made, packaged food. I personally only like the stores on campus that make the sandwiches as they use the freshest ingredients in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in general is acceptable but you will only receive what you have paid for. Generally the dorms are very average and the bathroom facilities are not the nicest. If you wish to live on campus I would suggest living in the suites, as they are much nicer than the normal dorms. The best parts of dorm life would be: that there are many activities to participate in, making friends is easy, there are community advisors that can help with issues, and there are many lounges and spaces to study in other than your actual room.

    Academic Rigor

    In terms of academic rigor at Iowa State University, I would describe the courses as challenging, but achievable. It is difficult to get through some courses, but there are a large number of resources such as tutors and supplemental instruction leaders, that make it possible to do well in those courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, I would suggest taking college credit before entering Iowa State University otherwise one may find themselves in college longer than anticipated. I would also suggest that prospective students acquire the necessary study skills and techniques to be able to do well in college.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is an excellent environment to study in and it is also a wonderful place to live as well. During weekdays Iowa State provides a perfect atmosphere for students to focus on studies and there is always a nice place sit down to study. On the weekends and during free times the campus serves up many activities and events that allow you to relax and live a little.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel completely secure when walking around campus even late at night. There are free rides at night, police patrolling, and many other resources.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is great here. Greeks hold about 78% of leadership positions on campus while only representing 12% of the student body. The Greeks here are committed to their philanthropies and their educations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs and if you still can't find one you like you can request funding to start a club of your own choosing.

    Great for these types of students

    There is really a place for everyone at this campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has so many traditions but one of the most common is campaniling which is when two people kiss under the campanile as it strikes midnight.

    Bang for the buck

    The school does a great job of offering scholarships to out of state students,

    What to do for fun

    There are always things happening on campus. These range from Greek Life to sporting events, or one of the 800+ clubs that we have on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers are very new and offer many different types of food.

    Dorm Life

    I have not been in a dorm here on campus that I would not be comfortable living in. I live in one of the smallest rooms on campus and I am still happy with my living situation.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though it is a state school the rigor of the classes is very competitive, especially in the engineering department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you are looking for when you visit the school. Take the time to talk to as many people as you can and don't be afraid to ask students on the sidewalk for help, we love giving it.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a beautiful campus with equally beautiful people. The professors teach almost all of the classes and are always willing to help when you need it. This is a great school with a wonderful learning atmosphere.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club! There are SO many. I recommend Cyclone Ballroom. Who doesn't love being able to show off your dance skills at weddings and other social events?!

    Food and Dining

    There are some good places to eat on campus. The Caribou is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life... Fun for a while but gets old.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is fun but they take academic success very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus and even sit in on a class. Visit every campus you plan on applying to! It will give you a good idea of the feel.

    In three sentences

    Great environment with a TON of green space in the center of campus. Professors are all really awesome as well as all of the students, of course. Also, the CyRide goes almost everywhere in town!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ISU has to be one of the safest places ever. In every dorm floor CA's make sure that every student exits whenever the alarm goes on. Also, they provide a safety assistance to students that have to walk back to their dorm late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's more than 500 clubs! You can think of anything and there's probably a club for it whether it's related to your major or hobbies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you kiss under the campanile at midnight you are a true Iowa Stater. Stepping on the Zodiac signs on the floor of the Memorial Union will make you fail your next test. Walking with your partner around the lake 3 times means that your relationship is true love.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University is a great place for latino/hispanic students to study. The latino community is small but very strong. They organize many activities to celebrate the different cultures which brings everyone together.

    What to do for fun

    The great thing about ISU is that you can never get bored. If you're not studying, there's always some sort of game, intra-mural, concert, or club activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    It may be that I'm not used to American food (I'm Puerto Rican) but I don't really love the food. It tends to be unhealthy and repetitive. If you're into eating pizza, burgers, and fries then maybe you'll like it.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm provides an advantage, especially when you're a freshman, because you get to know many people and most dorms will be very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent professors in every class. Professors and TA's genuinely care about students and about teaching the material. Make sure to take advantage of office hours whenever you have questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make sure to visit campus before making a final decision, living on a small town in Iowa may not be everyone's cup of tea. 2)Do not hesitate to ask questions to the cyclone aid. They were very helpful to me in my freshman year. 3) If you are considered a Multi-Cultural student, make sure to visit the Multi-Cultural Office for information about the services offered.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great college for any student looking for a great education and college experience. ISU has a beautiful campus and a wide variety of majors. It has 30,000 students but the service provided by them does not make you feel like you're just another number.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    A LOT of options! There is even starbucks and caribou coffee!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a really tough curriculum! The only thing is, being in the engineering program, you notice a lot of the tough classes are curved, but it is like that at most colleges!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a great school were students can get involved and feel at home. The academics are great as well as academic services. Another plus is the people in Iowa are super nice!

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a pretty safe place to be during daytime or weekdays, but don't leave anything valuable in your vehicle.

    Clubs and Activities

    Iowa State has so many clubs, it is tough to find an interest that doesn't have a club. Students will always have something to do with their time.

    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State is a great place for students who are willing to put work and time into their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most notable traditions is the Campanile, which is a huge clock tower. Students will take their lovers and kiss at midnight when the bells strike.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great college, reasonably priced. It is a wonderful place to get a degree.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do at Iowa State. Most people think partying when thinking about college, but there is so much more. There is a club for almost every interest, a robotics club, politics clubs, business clubs, a club that builds go carts for competition, unicycle clubs, if you want it, there is a club for it.

    Food and Dining

    The dining selections are great, but hilariously overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for a first year student, but not for students further along in their career who really need alone time for studying.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering classes at Iowa State are extremely well rounded. If you study hard, do the homework, and really work for it, an A is completely achievable. If you don't study, your grade will reflect it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with as many possible activities as you can, find a job on campus, and most importantly, don't be the same person you were in high school. You are in a new place, be whoever you want to be, no matter what you will find friends.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great college in that it allows each student to be as involved as they want. Multiple opportunities wait around every corner, in every building, in every lecture, in every club. It is a wonderful place to explore yourself, and to develop professional relationships that will last a lifetime.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is super safe. There is always campus security and the help van that are there for your aid.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities. There are clubs for your major, your future career, and clubs that are just pure fun. Activities are always happening with clubs, dorms, and the whole campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering and researchers will love this school as it is targeted toward them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA is an annual celebration held at Iowa State each spring, and is one of the oldest traditions. This celebration serves as a showcase and display of the Iowa State community with educational and entertainment events.

    Bang for the buck

    School is expensive wherever you go. So yes, it is expensive, but I see the glass half full. It is giving a great education and experience that I might not appreciate as much if I went to a different university.

    What to do for fun

    The Memorial Union always has events and speakers lined up to enhance your time there. Going out and just walking around seeing new people and places is fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is obviously not your mom's home cookin', but as university food it is quite good. People from other universities that ate at the dining centers have said that ours is so much better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Get into the freshman dorms and you will meet people that are a lot like you and will want to see even after the 4 years. Most people like going out swell as staying in.

    Academic Rigor

    The work can be difficult, just make sure you manage your time well. Ask for help when needed and go to office hours. If you cannot make the office hours e-mail your professor because they will set up an appointment with you. Labs can be difficult so ask your T.A. before hand what they want in your lab report.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research is something you should consider soon because professors try to get you involved soon. I recommend thinking about your 4-year plan before you start because you will probably have to do it sometime during your Freshman year and it gives you a reminder of what you need to do to be successful in 4 years. Get involved in dorm activities and try to get close to your community advisor because you will meet more people and your C.A. can help you with whatever you need while still being a peer.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful place to learn about school and life. It has a great atmosphere in the classroom and in the dorms. There is always someone or somewhere you can go do to receive help.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is great. If you're afraid to leave a building late at night, you can call the help van.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the zodiac if you're superstitious!

    What to do for fun

    Go to campus events. Play video games with floor mates. Hang out.

    Food and Dining

    Great food all around. Plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exciting and very fun filled. Even if you have nothing to do on the weekend you can always find people to hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    Manage your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I can give to prospective students is to come and visit!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is unique. Iowa State is full of life. Iowa State is the place to be. :)

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not heard of any bad news of what has happened on campus. There has been no shootings. There is a safety escort for when you feel that it is not safe enough to walk around campus by your self.

    Greek Life

    We have a great Greek community which I am not involved with though. They do accomplish great things on campus and are very well respected on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to choose from it is hard to pick from them all. It is amazing to have such choices!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA is a week long celebration about the original colleges of the campus. It a great time with many fun things to do.

    Bang for the buck

    The dollar theater and there is also free movies on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is a wreck center, and there is a Perfect games. There is a theater and many other activities.

    Food and Dining

    Some places the food gets tiring because it is not as mixed up as what I am used to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not treat it like high school it is a lot harder than that. Live it to the fullest but do not get caught up in the partying scene.

    In three sentences

    Iowa state is a large school for a small town girl like me. I can handle it though because there is bigger out there. It does feel personal and you can connect with many people very easily.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has never been an issue but if you dont want to walk home alone in the dark the ISU PD has a help van service that will escort you safely home.

    Greek Life

    Lots of greek housed to choose from. They hold lots of functions.

    Clubs and Activities

    I think there is over 500 clubs on campus. From ski club, fishing club, harry potter quidditch club and many more. Always ways to get involved and stay busy.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is so diverse that it is a great fit for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you are looking for a great college ministry check out The Salt Company. Over 1000 students and a great place to meet great friends and people who truly care. Plus its a campus organization too!

    Bang for the buck

    Great college and cost isn't to high. But there isnt much funding scholarship wise so expect to have loans.

    What to do for fun

    When its nice go star gazing or other fun activities in central campus.

    Food and Dining

    3 dining halls with great food options. The best places in conversations Dining center. It is small but offers high quality food that will always keep you what they are going to serve next. Plus the staff is always great!

    Dorm Life

    I am a senior and have lived in the dorms every year. I am partial to Linden Hall for its big rooms, built in closets and wonderful atmosphere and diversity.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging because the teachers expect the best work you can do. But depending on the major depends on the course load for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply here and make the most of it. You will Love ISU and be proud to wear cardinal and gold!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a beautiful campus and great atmosphere for any college student. They offer so many programs and other unique opportunities.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe, nor have I heard anyone else complain. If you don't feel safe, you can always call campus security for an escort.

    Greek Life

    Very prominent, there's a large portion of students that belong to a house.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many the only problem is that you can't do them all!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that like an active, busy vibe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We don't step on the zodiac, and people kiss under the Campanile at midnight!

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of benefits from paying tuition. The gyms are newly renovated, and the Career Office is a free service to help students find jobs and internships.

    What to do for fun

    There's never a dull moment. Join one of the 800+ clubs, go to ISU After Dark, there's always a show at the M-Shop, movies play at Carver Hall on the weekends, and residence halls often plan activities!

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers are everyone's favorite place to go. There's enough space to accommodate big groups of friends, and there's huge selection of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I like that the dorms are respectable. Nobody keeps you up playing loud music!

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely challenging enough without being backbreaking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try a class that isn't a part of your major. I learned that Animal Science was not the right path for me by taking a class in microbiology. Also, don't let yourself get pulled along with the crowd. Just because your friends are all in the same class, club, or Greek house doesn't mean that you can't find your own niche.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is great because of the campus, staff, and programs. The campus is something I didn't think would be very important to me, but I really like the college feel of having all my classes within a 15-minute walk. The staff are here to help, professors respond quickly to emails, and there are so many ways to get help outside of class like Supplemental Instruction which is free to everyone! I also love the many ways for students to get involved and have fun; intramural sports and learning communities are a big part of campus life.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety escorts that run from 6pm-6am every day. But campus is light at all times and I've never felt unsafe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are hundreds of years of traditions and history on campus. Some of my favorite include lake Laverne, the zodiac, and VEISHEA

    What to do for fun

    Besides hanging with friends; There is always a university run event being held on the weekends, mostly located in the MU

    Food and Dining

    Great food, with many locations, but not much variety at the on campus restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many options for places to live both on campus and off (if you are a transfer or upper class men looking for an apartment or house.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and what classes you take, it can be a lot of work. Especially when in either a design, engineering, or science program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that if you dont know what you want to do as freshman (either clubs, major, social, etc) that its OK! There is always enough activities/ time/ and events going on when on campus and off campus.

    In three sentences

    I love ISU! Besides the amazing campus that is beautiful during every extream Iowa season, the faculty is great. Every fall semester I return to Ames, it feels as if Im going home, not leaving.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police is available 24/24 and oncampus service HELPVAN is, too. You just call them whenever you need help and they will be present in two minutes to help you, for example to move around cammpus after 6pm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs for you to take part in either you are a business, psychology, biology, design student, or whatever, there are clubs that match you. There are many extra classes to support your study. Besides, the students activities center host many events on campus every week and the many of them are free.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who will major design, especially architecture and engineering. Those who want to live and study in a safe campus. Those who are really serious in studying. Those who want to have a part time jos on campus. Those who love extracurricular activities and studying abroad.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with your friends, taking part in clubs and activities on campus such as campus events, sports, film nights, parties, meetings. Many of them are free.

    Food and Dining

    Many dining centers and both American and Asian food such as Chinese food. There are many meal plans and dining dollars for you to choose.

    Dorm Life

    Many activities to take part in. The majority of your neighbors are at the same year of college of you, so you will never be alone. There are parties and dinners and meetings at each hall every week to make friends and connections.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are high- qualified and very nice. You must study really hard to pass classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and try to look up scholarships. Applying as soon as possible. Even if you have difficulties at the first time of colleges, keep going and take chances ahead of you.

    In three sentences

    The 9th best school for architecture. Good facilities and services. Good studying and living environment.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I have never heard of any one having any kind of serious safety issues. Also, I am in design and frequently walk to or from the design center alone in the dark, not once have I ever felt unsafe.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has a lot of different activities that they host almost constantly so you can't really say there is nothing to do. One of my favorites is the Cyclone Cinema where they show movies that are not yet out on DVD for free, Thursday through Sunday nights.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls do a great job of switching up meals so that you don't get board of any food. The food is well prepared and tastes great. Much better than a lot of the other colleges I visited.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Friley hall and I love it! I even considered staying here an extra year because I like the dorms so much. I have friends all over Union Drive and they all love their dorms too. I honestly don't think there is a bad dorm in the Union Drive neighborhood. It is a great location because you are close to campus, food and the gym.

    Academic Rigor

    This defiantly is not an easy school, but it really depends on the classes you take and how hard you are willing to work. I came from a pretty intense high school so the amount of work and studying that is required is nothing new to me. The one thing that I have heard most from friends that went to easier high schools is that they don't know how to take good notes. Taking good notes is one of the most important things to do in college if you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are at all thinking about Iowa State, I would say you should just do it. I know that it seems scary and intimidating at first because it seems so big, but in reality on a day to day basis you won't even notice the size. One other important thing to do, is find something you like to do and jump in head first. You will end up making tons of friends, having fun and it will also be a good outlet if school gets stressful.

    In three sentences

    I can not say enough good things about this school. I absolutely love it here and I truly feel like I have found the perfect place for me. I am only a freshmen and I already feel like I know exactly what I am doing here.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ames police and Iowa State Security are always seen driving around campus. You can't get more than a mile without seeing one drive by. The campus is close enough together that you wouldn't be wandering out about at night without being near help and other buildings. To walk from the south side of campus to the north side of campus wouldn't take more than 20 minutes.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of frats and sororities to join! You'll always see them walking around campus. The houses are neat and the parties have good reputations, too!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of clubs and activities to join. Joining more than one would require a ton of dedication and time management, but at least there are options!

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, engineering, any student interested in design or drama. But, of course, EVERYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you visit, or decide to attend here...never walk on the Zodiac! You'll get bad luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Certain programs at ISU are ranked throughout the country. You'll be paying a decent amount of money to attend this college and come out with good knowledge and experience for your degree. Tuition is fairly low, compared to other schools in the U.S.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do on and off campus. There are always activities going on, from movies and plays to sporting events and concerts. Tons of restaurants locate Ames, along with a shopping mall and movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of places to eat around campus. You'll never run out of options of what to eat! The dining centers accommodate to the expected crowds so you usually can find a place to sit.

    Dorm Life

    Everybody here is friendly! You'll always say hi or smile at someone in the hallway. You'll meet tons of people living on campus. Floors and buildings connect via activities and social events.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class is different. You will have self-paced classes and classes that help you along the entire semester. Typically, you'll get an even balance of hard classes and easier classes so you can stay on top of your homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. The best way to meet anyone is to join clubs and activities. You will never regret socializing and meeting all the many types of people out there.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a GREAT campus! There is tons of diversity and it is very culturally distinct. Some of the best programs start here.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    This is a super big part of campus, they are always putting on events and around homecoming it can get pretty crazy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Buy season tickets to the football games and go! These will be the best games of your life!!

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers and Pre-Med are the main colleges on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Central Campus is the best place to study in the warmer months. Everyone is out there and its beautiful. Also the Camp O' Neil is our clock tower and when it strikes midnight you are supposed to kiss your significant other under the stars.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are coming from out-of-state like I was, then it is on the expensive side. But considering all the free events and the Health Care they provide, I would spend lots of time doing the campus activities instead of spending money going to other places.

    What to do for fun

    Memorial Union at Night and the Student Union Board and two groups that plan super fun events. There are FREE movies playing every week and once a month they have concerts or comedians.

    Food and Dining

    There is a buffet style dinning hall with a large variety. The best place on campus to eat is Seasons because their dining hall is larger and they have great deserts.

    Dorm Life

    You will love it. I lived in Helser and it was so much fun! The best part about living in the dorms is the friends you make because everyone is afraid that they wont make friends, so everyone bonds.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are in Pre-Med or Engineering, you will be thrown into the crowd. The best advise is to go to the Supplemental Instructions nights every time even if you don't think you need help because reviewing is important.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know what your major is, this is a great place to go. Study hard because it is really hard to recover from your first semester. Also for the record, talking to your professors has a positive impact on your grade.

    In three sentences

    This school has a great Greek system and a beautiful campus. There are tons of events to get involved in or to hang out at on every night of the week. This is a great place to go for Engineering.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Help Vans that drive around assisting people who have tire or engine or other car problems. They also give emergency rides to people.

    Greek Life

    Not in one personally, but there are a lot, and they are very healthy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Make friends! They will help you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions, including Veisha, a fair/carnival/parade that happens every spring.

    Bang for the buck

    Ames has some pretty cool stores and things to do, so does campus. There are many intramural sports that people can participate in.

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs! There are clubs for Harry Potter quidditch, fake-sword fighting, and book clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options, and many dining centers.

    Dorm Life

    Leave your door open. And bring tools, like screwdrivers and hammers. You'll be impressed how many people need them in those first few days.

    Academic Rigor

    Study, study, study. Groups are preferable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave your dorm room door open; that's how you meet all kinds of people.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is different than what I thought it would be. I was really nervous to start college, but after the first week, I realized how cool college could be. Sure, it is a lot of hard work, but I am starting to really enjoy college and the people of Iowa State.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Movie theater close by as well as a small town to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    Vistited the dorms, they are cozy.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken the classes so i'm not sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go for it, just apply.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a great cafeteria. The food is amazing, I think i might have gained a pound or two for the brief time peroid I was there for. The Campus is easy to get around and the students are nice.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are so many cafes, convenience stores and restaurants on campus. Although some things can be pricey, most taste pretty good and just the right amount.

    Dorm Life

    Making friends and having a social life is what dorm life is all about. Also, academics are strongly encouraged. There are so many activities and opportunities out there, take advantage of all of them.

    Academic Rigor

    It's fairly difficult. But that doesn't mean you won't ace the class. With all of the resources on campus available to you for free or for a small price, it's definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be embarrassed to get tutoring. Every does because it's almost necessary. Make friends with the professors and the class will be ten times easier. Get active in clubs and groups on campus the second you step foot on campus, or you'll regret it.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beyond beautiful and easy to navigate around. There are many resources to help with classes and career opportunities. Overall, if I were to rate ISU on a scale from 1 to 10, it'd hit a high 10.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is incredibly safe. In my orientation class (LAS 101), they used a whole lecture to talk about campus safety and I was really convinced that I was going to school on a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of Greek Life, so I can't really say anything about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over five hundred clubs and organizations that students can join, and if a student wants to do something that isn't on that list, they can try to start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students, even students who don't know what they want to study. There is a little bit of everything at this school, and the open option program is great for looking at all of those things and finding out what to do after college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I am only a freshman living off campus, I don't know any unusual traditions or locations on campus, but I might learn at least one before I graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    It really depends on how many things a student gets involved with on campus. In my opinion, it is definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are fun things to do on and off campus, but it's a matter of looking for it. A main thing is getting involved on campus, I was recently in an ISU Theatre production and that was very fun.

    Food and Dining

    Even though I can't say much about the dining services in the dorms, the food around campus is pretty good. There is a caribou coffee on campus, and there are multiple cafes in buildings on campus. Also, the food at Memorial Union is good too.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really say much about living in dorms because I don't live in one, but I've heard that some dorms and roommates are nice, and some aren't from friends who live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor highly depends on the course and the professor teaching it, there isn't (or doesn't seem to be) any overall grade for rigor. Some professors are very strict and some are more laid-back. However, all the professors I've had seemed very knowledgable about the subjects they taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great school when it comes to academics and social life. There are over five hundred clubs to join. There are also learning communities that students can join to do well in the specific classes they are for, and to get to know people with the same interests.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school, in many ways. I enjoyed almost every class I took so far. The view of central campus is beautiful, and is a joy to see every time someone walks past it.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do. The University itself offers many clubs and activities for students to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options every day. There are the dining centers, the C Stores and then there's also a fast dining restaurant type of place. It's all very good!

    Dorm Life

    Most kids are very fun and inviting. The CAs on each floor are very open and welcoming. You walk into any dorm at Iowa State, and it makes you feel lucky that you go to such a great school.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically I feel that Iowa State is great at it. The professors make kids want to come to school, and they make class interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about coming to Iowa State, come! It's the number 1 healthiest school (no freshman 15!)

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a great school for academics and growing as a person. It has many opportunities in everything for everyone.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am not in any greek house.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHA, its not unusual but it is a blast!

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. There is always something going on in the Memorial Union, like free movies, bowling and many other things.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I have heard that it is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and read your text books, it helps so much when you go to lecture.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a great campus. Iowa State has so many opportunities for help with your classes. There are so many different clubs that are available to join

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bikes get stolen but that's about the only thing.

    Greek Life

    Like the stereotypes if not worse

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in-state.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plan is a total rip off and bad quality. Ave $10 a meal for friends.

    Dorm Life

    Never did it. Save the money and trouble.

    Academic Rigor

    Not Ivy League but they teach you how to think and that's what counts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't do the meal plan.

    In three sentences

    Clean and beautiful campus. Great engineering programs. Always something going on.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Awesome research institution

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life has been very good to me.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Excellent activities. VEISHA.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    MUSIC

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so you get the dorm you want!

    In three sentences

    Such a great school. I'm a third generation Cyclone and proud of it. Knew it was the school for me right away.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the zodiac sign in the MU, you will fail your next exam. You are not a true Cyclone unless you kiss your lover under the campanile at midnight

    Bang for the buck

    From what I hear cheaper than most other places and the costs are not increasing. Given these. the beautiful campus, and the available amenities its good for the price.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the stuff you find on campus the town is pretty bare of things to do for fun. There are some cheap theatres and other places though, and recently the mall has been expanding.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is very diverse and somethings is almost always open. Most of the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is nice and fun. Very involved and depending on where you live range from noisy to quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range from insane to extremely fun so the norm. The harder and worse classes can be mainly found in biology and a few other places. The most useless classes (unless its your major) are chemistry abd biology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take summer classes so you can register for classes before the rest of your class and make sure to get involved.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous and easy to traverse. The majority of the classes are great but there are a few that sucks. Beware of chemistry and biology departments though because they are not quite as nice as they should be.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. The campus is closed and there are emergency phone systems throughout the campus. I have never felt endangered to be on campus, even late at night.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life, but there are tons of Sororities and Fraternities and they are very popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    Iowa State University has tons of clubs and extra curricular activities that are easy to get involved in. They have an activities fair twice a year so students can see and sign up for clubs they may be interested in and most of them are listed online and are easy to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Iowa State has many traditions. Campaniling is where you and your sweetheart kiss under the campanile right at midnight and you are not a true ISU student until you have done so. Stepping on the Zodiac in the entrance of the Memorial Union is said to bring bad luck and if you do so you are supposedly going to fail your next test.

    What to do for fun

    Iowa State University has tons of clubs and extra curricular activities that are easy to get involved in. They have an activities fair twice a year so students can see and sign up for clubs they may be interested in and most of them are listed online and are easy to join. There is also a golf course and 2 frisbee golf courses that are nearby and very popular among students. The ice skating rink also offers a discounted price to students on a certain day and it's right on campus. The social scene is very active and a lot of fun. There is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers are superb. There are many dining options available throughout campus and the food was varied and very good.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms as a freshman and it was great. There are many options and the roommate pairing system works well. The dorms were well kept and a great place to socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    It's important to do well here because getting below a 2.0 semester grade for over 2 semesters in a row will result in dismissal from the university. The classes aren't easy and there are lots of big lecture hall type classes so studying outside of class is crucial. They provide lots of academic help and resources including tutoring which I have taken advantage of.

    Tips for prospective students

    A study tip that I would recommend to students is to really know the information. Do not just memorize formulas and definitions-really learn and be able to apply them. Many of your classes are built on each other so just passing by in one class could really hurt you when it's actually a foundation for another few classes. Depending on your personality, it may also help to find friends that take the same classes as you. I tend to do better in classes that I take with my friends because not only can I study with them and have another reference to go to if I don't understand something, but it really motivates me to do well because when we're comparing grades after exams and such it's almost like a contest to see who can get a better grade. Also, it's okay to get a tutor for classes that you struggle with. I usually do well with school and was embarrassed to get a tutor at first, but once I got one for a class that I really didn't understand it made a huge difference and I am so glad that I did. Something important that I've learned through experience that I would tell to students is to get to know your professors. It may seem kind of awkward, but it makes a huge difference. I go to a large university and a lot of my classes are large lecture halls, so it takes effort to communicate with professors. Visiting your professor during their office hours and not being afraid to email them will make you more comfortable with them and when they see you making an effort they will be more willing to help you. Sitting in the first few rows and participating in class is another tip that I would give. It�s much easier to pay attention in class and retain information when you�re actively engaged and a lot of the information is given during lectures that you may not be able to find in your books. Going to class is crucial to your learning. Also, keep an open mind because there are so many different options in the business school and if you are set on just one major or just one career you may miss out on greater opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a beautiful campus, friendly students, and a great faculty. They provide lots of extra curricular activities and opportunities to get involved for every interest imaginable, and if you're interest isn't available than starting a club is easy and manageable. They also have a great career service for students and alumni to use for careers after graduation.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Iowa State sends text message alerts, or calls students phones if there is a campus emergency. Also there is a help van that is available if you need to get somewhere and there is no Iowa State bus currently running. This is very useful for people that need help during inconvenient hours of the day or night. There are also on campus emergency phones that can be called during late hours. An escort security guard will take you to your desired destination to ensure your safety and state of mind.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs and organizations offered at Iowa State and this is a great way to meet new people that share the same interests as you. This is how many students get involved and make new friends during their first year, or even throughout their entire college career.

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do at Iowa State. If you join an organization or club, there are many activities that you can do with them, depending on what the club is. Many students that are in dorms hang out with other students in their dorm or with the people that are on the same floor in the dorm. There are intramural sports that any student can join just to have fun. This is a good way to relieve stress and to relax.

    Food and Dining

    The dining centers at Iowa State are great. There are several dining halls spread around the entire campus, but they are each very unique and offer their own atmosphere and availability of food. It is an all you can eat type of dining center and there are many diverse foods available. If a student has a meal plan and a guest visiting Iowa State, they have a right to use a guest meal on them. Each student with a meal plan has 5 guest meals each semester and I thought this was very unique and innovative with dining centers.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life could vary in between which dorm you selected to stay in. My freshmen year I chose to stay in the Wilson Hall dorm and it was a great experience. The residents and students on my floor, and dorm were very friendly and very open to meeting new people. The rooms were a bit small, but just big enough to fit all of my belongings. But this is a way to experience new things, become more independent, and to meet new people and make connections.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes I took for engineering are very tough because engineering is a tough major. Most of my teachers were very good at teaching and the lecture sizes were about 300 students. The core engineering classes were challenging but very interesting because of the material being taught, and the concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming students should be aware that academics come first. This could be very hard once they leave their parents/ guardians house to come live an independent life. It is a hard transition for many students, but there are faculty members and students that they can talk with if there are any difficulties. Adjusting to the dorm life and independent studying can be difficult too, but with right amount of effort and learning experience, it should be overall fine.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has very good student atmosphere with well developed courses and organizations. The staff and students are very friendly and welcoming and the classes are challenging in a good way. There are many events that go on throughout the year to make it fun for students and to take a relaxing break from studying. Iowa State is a great school.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's so safe that walking in the middle of the night after studying in the library isn't a problem since they have the safe push button in one of the safe shuttles on the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students who wants to lay back and see where they are in life and which majors will be right for them.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University gives many scholarships and grants to in and out of state residents due to financial need or scholar achievements to reduce your payments attending to this great university.

    What to do for fun

    Joined 6 clubs at Iowa State University to get rid of my stress and have fun in the college life and also spread my social network. 3 clubs are academics, 2 clubs are volunteers, and 1 club is the extra-curricular. Utilize the clubs you choose and it can make a huge difference in your life.

    Food and Dining

    The foods and dining places are either you hate or you love it. Hate to the point that it's too pricey and the varieties are too minimum. Love due to the point that they do all the cooking for you and you get an unlimited buffet styles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    From dorms in Richardson court to the out of campus Maricopa being constructed for the fall of 2013 due to the high rates of returning students and incoming freshmans.

    Academic Rigor

    The only complicated and rigorous courses that will be a wall to strive and climb upon is the three hundred levels courses and higher in your undergrad. The basic educations are quite simple and you just have to follow the directions of your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ames is a small city with a campustown environment and the connection of students with people is amazing. Don't ever let time pass by and make a great friend while you're there.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is the largest public research of higher institution in America.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot Iowa State dose to ensure their students safety.

    Greek Life

    Fantastic. I am a proud member of the Greek community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities to do on campus. There is something to do everyday.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. There are over 100 different majors to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a clock tower on campus named The Campanille.

    Bang for the buck

    It is money well spent.

    What to do for fun

    I spend time with my dorm friends.

    Food and Dining

    They provide us with many options as we have four dining centers on campus.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is absolutely fantastic. We are very social and get along really well. I prefer to spend time in my dorm than go out on weekends because I enjoy being around everyone in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa State will be a challenge but it is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most out of the time you have at college. Find the right study spot for you to ensure you are performing to the best of your abilities.

    In three sentences

    It is a quality institution that successfully prepares students for the real world and is with the student every step of the way.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many dining centers located at different places throughout campus. These dining centers have a wide variety of foods and beverages. ISU offers a meal plan that can be pre-paid and used at different buffets. Additional to on-campus dining centers, there a lot of fast foods and restaurants that are very close to campus - you could get there using CyRide (bus is free for ISU students) or even walking.

    Dorm Life

    Iowa State has a lot of on-campus residence halls, which are conveniently located, being close to dining centers, classes, libraries, convenience stores, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa State has passionate professors who actually enjoy teaching and motivate students to learn more. Iowa State offers a great deal of financial help so that every student can be gifted with a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will not regret studying at Iowa State University! It is an amazing experience to be surrounded by professors that are passionate about what they are teaching. Also, Iowa State offers a lot of opportunities to help you grow academically and personally. P.S. Bring lots of coats because it will get very chilly!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is an exceptional place to live and study. Iowa State has one of the most beautiful campus worldwide, making it a relaxing place to be at. It is highly ranked for their academics and it is known for offering great services to the public and a good amount of financial aids for their students.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    only shady thing about Ames are the cops, but theyre harmless and leave you alone unless your puking in the street

    Greek Life

    huge, over 60 houses ive heard?

    Great for these types of students

    engineers, and happy people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA! week long party

    Bang for the buck

    awesome experience and very cheap tuition

    What to do for fun

    bars, 2 campus gymnasiums, Reiman Gardens, Sporting events, 2 movie theaters on campus, walk downtown almost any night, Welch Ave

    Food and Dining

    great local restaurants near class, and very nice dining centers

    Dorm Life

    i skipped dorms my freshman year but they seem crammed.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging for me as a Mechanical Engineer, but not much busy work

    Tips for prospective students

    live on campus, its a blast

    In three sentences

    beautiful campus that is very student friendly with tons of free bus routes and places to eat and study. Very friendly students, and professors who are laid back and easy to talk to.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ISU after dark has free food and free entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat with a variety of different things.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different places to live such as dorms or apartments that are affordable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything that you can. Use your resources. Get tutors or join/form a study group. Be healthy. Take advantage of the opportunity.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a lovely campus. Everyone is helpful and friendly. There's something for everyone.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus, and I walk home from Hamilton Hall through Campustown to the Towers every weeknight (around 10pm or so). If you want, the ISU Police can give you a ride back home. There are also emergency buttons on campus, but not enough for you to think, Wow, this campus is dangerous. But really, Iowa State is pretty harmless in my experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are limitless opportunities to join something -- or create your own club! They are all great ways to meet people and build your resume. You might even build new schools you'll use in your career. But really, you can join anything from the Quidditch Club to the American Sign Language Club. Just have fun and get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    College is what you make of it. If you always go to class and try to meet new people and get involved, Iowa State is definitely worth the money. The biggest pros for me have been networking opportunities and work experience within my major. My major is JLMC, so working at the Iowa State Daily shows me what to expect for a career. I also have countless opportunities to meet industry professionals, who could potentially offer me internships in the future.

    What to do for fun

    Just hanging out with people you meet in college has been the most fun for me. Go out to dinner with some friends, or go to ISU AfterDark (which is awesome) to play some bingo and win free stuff. Or go to the Workspace to learn a new craft. You can pretty much find anything fun on campus if you read the colored posters hung up everywhere. (:

    Food and Dining

    One word: Panda. You can use Dining Dollars or cash, but it's delightful. Beware of lines, though, as I'm not the only one who thinks Yum about Panda. Seasons, in my opinion, is the best dining center on campus -- Conversations being a close second. They're both in the MWL-Richardson Court area, and have the best food...ever.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone should experience dorm life their first year. For me, I was so busy with work and other activities, I only slept in my room. My dorm always had big activities going on, and my floor usually had some family time activities, too. If you have time and are outgoing, dorm life is a great way to meet people outside your major.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the curriculum might be no sweat -- in my experience, it's those gen. eds that'll get you. Talk with your advisor and students who've taken those classes to see if you'd get anything out of the class. If you can't or if it's not interesting, DON'T take it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get to know your advisors: They're the ones who'll make sure you graduate on time. Depending on your major, they'll know what classes might be of interest to you. 2. At the end of a semester, go on a campus food crawl with your friends. Any extra dining dollars or meal plans you didn't use will disappear at the end of the school year, so you lost that money. Plan out a day during Finals Week with your pals and jump around to all the food-offering places on campus. You spend time with friends before summer and get your money's worth. 3. Join a student publications. You don't have to be a JLMC/advertising/PR major to do it. I know aerospace engineers who photograph for the Iowa State Daily. Joining is fun, and you meet tons of people. You might even get paid, depending on the publication and position. It's also a great resume-builder.

    In three sentences

    ISU is a beautiful campus with wonderfully diverse students. There are many opportunities to succeed, both in and out of the classroom. It's a friendly atmosphere, making even the most homesick feel at home.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of food options. The dining centers are clean and well run.

    Dorm Life

    The residence hall staffs are amazing to work with. Having worked with them, I can say that they are always ready to help you out or give advice!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, especially Engineering. However, the program is very nice and you will learn so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early! This way you are more likely to get the housing you want.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a campus wide alert system, yet I have never witnessed it being used. It is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not Greek, but my friends that are say it is great. They all help out the community and are very open.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in many different activities and clubs. There are many great opportunities to try out anything you wanted. If you have a passion, there are many other people that will share that.

    Great for these types of students

    People that are looking for a fun time, but also want to prepare themselves for the rest f their lives.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions include kissing under the campanile at midnight to become a true ISU couple, and avoiding walking across the Zodiac in the MU, otherwise you will fail your next test.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition can be a little expensive, but it is worth every penny. It's a great school and I regret nothing there.

    What to do for fun

    Stroll around campus, hang out on Central Campus. There are many intramural sports and campus town is a great place to spend time.

    Food and Dining

    The UDCC is a great dining center, friendly staff and a good selection. The other 3 dining halls on campus are also very good, I never got sick of the food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my Freshman year and it was great. I had a hall full of great guys, we still hang out to this day.

    Academic Rigor

    Being an Engineer is not easy by any means, but, by studying hard and putting in work when it's due, anything is achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to professors in your proespective major, it really helps to get to know people. Also, get involved, it will make your stay much more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place to study, wonderful professors and a beautiful campus. I am in love with Ames and the school itself.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never once felt threatened on campus.

    Greek Life

    By the fall of 2014, Iowa State University will officially have the biggest Greek system in the United States. I live in a fraternity, and it is by far, the best decision I have made in my life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for almost every interest. Whether it's learning German, taking Karate, or even playing Minecraft

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Curtis to Beardshear. You streak down central campus and try not to get caught.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State University is the second best decisions I've ever made in my life

    What to do for fun

    Church organist Play piano Write music Play Yu-Gi-Oh

    Food and Dining

    Pretty expensive meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a fraternity, so this question doesn't suit me well.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the type of class you take, and your interest in the class. Overall, they're challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study. Use www.ratemyprofessor.com to help decide on which teacher to take classes from.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is among the top schools in America. We have the 2nd best campus town, and one of the most beautiful campuses (as said by the Architectural Magazine).

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek Community at Iowa State is absolutely great. Everyone is supportive of each other and wearing your letters on campus is a great feeling to have.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority and it was a blast, but I also joined a bunch of clubs and tried out playing Rugby for a while.

    Food and Dining

    Seasons and Conversations are definitely the better dining options on campus. I would avoid Storms and Union Drive since most people get sick off of their food.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, I've been through 3 roommates for my freshman year. But I got a chance to live in two different dorms and those are experiences I won't forget. Helser was NOT the place for me due to the fact that showers were broken all the time, my roommate smelled, and it was a sauna during the summer, and I had to rent a loft. Wilson was great although it was far, but it is cheaper than the dorms on campus and you get lofts and a minifridge with a microwave.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the classes are very tough, but there are so many options to get help. I've used two tutors and practically lived in the library my Spring semester. Use type of help you can get!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved any way that you can. These are the years where you get to really find yourself and what better way to do that than trying things you never thought you'd be interested in. Such as, joining Crew Club or trying out Rugby for the first time. Download the My State App because using the map on there will help you get to classes faster and you won't look like FreshMeat holding a giant map in front of you.

    In three sentences

    I've had the best and worst experiences at Iowa State. Overall, I absolutely love the beautiful campus and activities Iowa State has to offer and I can't wait to go back in the fall. The advisors in the Liberal Arts- Biology department could be more helpful though.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watch movies on Netflix. :)

    Academic Rigor

    I have been taking one or two classes per semester and have been able to keep up, although two summer classes and a full time job where you travel a lot are not recommended. The two masters level classes I have taken have not had a whole lot of homework but still been very challenging and I have learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    With any new thing, ask lots of questions and apply early. Think about your responses and have someone else review your answers to application questions. Do your homework when it comes to figuring out where you want to go since there is so much information on line.

    In three sentences

    As a distance student, Iowa State has been relatively easy to navigate and the classes have been challenging but easy to follow for a student on the other side of the world. Content has seen relatively painless delivery and the instructors are good at communication. All of the administrators I have communicated with have been easy to talk to and very helpful.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Welch avenue always has something fun to do on fridays and saturdays, plenty of parties to go for if that's what you are into, plenty of clubs with areas of interest for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Great food at the dining areas, but simply overpriced for what you get.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed at the towers, and while it is very social and I met a lot of great people there, the dorms themselves are a complete dump. No AC, the elevators are always packed, and some of the RAs are less than stellar.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the design program, and let me tell you, it is tough and very competitive. Expect plenty of all-nighters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wait a week or two into classes to buy books, because a lot of the teachers there will tell you to buy books you don't need.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, with fantastic, enthusiastic teachers. Lots of social opportunities, as well. Staying focused can be tough here.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    ISU provided some scholarships for out-of-staters. There didn't seem like a whole lot to do though.

    Food and Dining

    Unknown

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seemed really nice. Loved the washing and drying machines that texted you when laundry was done! How neat!

    Academic Rigor

    Unknown

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened on campus. The help van will pick you up anywhere on campus at any hour and give you a ride home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at Iowa State. While I am not part of a house, I know tons of friends that are, and they truly love it. Make sure to check it out.

    What to do for fun

    Ames is a tid bit boring, but campus provides tons of entertainment. Student Union Board plans lots of campus events, and the Memorial Union even has it's own on-campus venue for music and comedy. The bar scene is pretty great too.

    Food and Dining

    Iowa State's dining is one of the better I have seen among the colleges. Much of the produce is sourced from farms in Iowa and there are tons of choices.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorms. There are primarily two neighborhoods of dorms. Each has a different feel. I chose Richardson Court because it feels more classic. But regardless of where you live, you are close to Campustown and Welch Ave.

    Academic Rigor

    I find my lab classes to be very challenging with the lectures not quite as much. It all balances out.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely choose your school based on your interests and the programs offered. If you are still unsure of your major, Iowa State is a great place to start. They offer tons of majors with lots of minors as well.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State's campus is absolutely beautiful and one of the primary reasons I came and stayed here. The common areas, dining centers and dorms are becoming a bit too crowded. My class sizes are totally ideal with most under 50.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a button to push to call for help almost anywhere on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling - Kiss your special someone under the campanile at midnight while the bell tolls. This is also a really big deal during homecoming.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around campus, it is beautiful and very large! Play frisbee on central campus, or just chill out in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet Style! There are about 6 different buffets and there is so much food!

    Dorm Life

    So many great opportunities to meet new people and the number one method is to make friends on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of people are here to study difficult majors and everyone is very focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to whoever. Every first year is in the same shoes as you so socialize!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has great educational opportunities. It is a lively and friendly place to live. The professors are outstanding.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe, and I have walked the campus alone at 3 am many times.

    Greek Life

    Awesome. they are actually focused on community and not solely on partying.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs to choose from. You are bound to find something you like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't you have to be a cyclone to know those :)

    Bang for the buck

    I'm on scholarship. So yea, I guess I get a lot of bang for my buck

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options it's hard to say. That's what makes it a great place.

    Food and Dining

    It's good but it gets old fast

    Dorm Life

    Love it! lived as a resident for 2 years and have been a CA for 2

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on how you apply yourself

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Never refuse an oppurtunity

    In three sentences

    Iowa State would have to be an 8 on a scale of 10. It is a big campus, however there isn't enough student housing. It is easy to get involved and find something that interests you

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    First off the campus is quite amazing and there is so much space. Second the buildings aren't all new and have history to them. Lastly they have a huge library.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good for money, and plenty of aid.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good, but beware Storms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great plenty to do, and are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, but in part because I am in mechanical engineering. Classes are tough but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    In three sentences

    Great University, with an amazing campus and facilities. There are tons of clubs and opportunities to take advantage of at school. A great place with lots of things to do.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    All halls are well kept and have stellar food preparation!

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are tidy and very well kept! But be sure to apply for housing early as there is a limited number of spaces for on-campus living, and not all freshman are guaranteed housing. That being said there is a number of university apartments, and it is not required of students to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an R1 institution, and only the best is accepted from each and every student, especially in rigorous science fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are on the fence about applying for a university visit the college, and get a feel for what the university and its staff are like! If your experience is like mine, you know that you will have the right amount of academic support in your time there, and you should feel as though the college finds your attendance worth while. Also, do not judge a book by its cover, and be sure to learn EVERYTHING about a college you're interested in. In the case of ISU, I found that it is beneficial to ask as many questions as possible about the admissions process as it is abnormal compared to other universities in the sense that they use a score to determine if you are accepted!

    In three sentences

    I had been to see several colleges before going to ISU, and was blown away by my first encounter there! Not only were all of the admissions staff extremely personable, they were willing to spend one-on-one time with each and every visitor, and were always positive about students being admitted into the college. Although it is a large university I try felt as though I was a member of the Cyclone family the moment I stepped onto campus, and even after I left as the college has been in touch with my several times to ensure all my questions were answered and that I found my visit beneficial. After being admitted the university was also very proactive in helping me apply for scholarships, housing, and anything I should require assistance with.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    great food from multiple places

    Dorm Life

    great life to be in most communities are awesome to live in

    Academic Rigor

    Iowa state will push you but nothing that a student cannot handle if he/she applies themselves

    Tips for prospective students

    learn from the upperclass students. don't overload yourself

    In three sentences

    Amazingly fun college to attend. Great atmosphere for learning. Teachers are amazing to work with and are normally former students.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus and they offer escorts if out late at night. A van will pick you up if needed. They also have call phones located every where and can get help almost instantly. I also got a job working security as a parking attendant and am very excited.

    Greek Life

    I am still thinking about joining they really seem like a family and do good community service projects.

    Clubs and Activities

    Our school has over 800 clubs and if you don't see what you want you can start your own. I am in the Animal Science Club and had my first meeting last Sunday very excited about it.

    Great for these types of students

    I have met so many people I would say it is great for everyone, it is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you walk in Memorial union you can not step on the zodiac sign it means you will fail a test but if you throw a coin in the fountain outside it breaks the bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel I am getting a better education on my budget then anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    So far we as a floor have had suppers together. They will show movies in our commons area. I ride my bike exploring campus. I also helped mulch as a community service and bonded with fun people.

    Food and Dining

    I am a picky eater but have found the food excellent and haven't gone hungry yet. They have really nice dining halls and coffee shops. Clean and plenty of choices.

    Dorm Life

    My RA is a great guy and really keeps us informed and is so helpful. My roommate and I have a buddy system. I am an only child and wasn't sure I would like so many people around but it is great!

    Academic Rigor

    I am only on my second day but everyone from my adviser to professors have been so helpful. I am taking the right classes to be on my way to my doctorate. They are helping me prepare to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the tour and ask all kinds of questions they have the answers.Take advantage of the Destination Iowa State they really help you learn where classes are and so much more. Get financial aid turned in as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    ISU is academically friendly as well as a very personable college. It was the best choice for me entering the Animal Science department with a PreVet option. It feels like home.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Iowa State is full of traditions. There's the zodiac that you can't walk on in the Memorial Union, Lancelot and Elaine the 2 white swans in Lake Laverne, and VEISHA, which is a weeklong festival in the Spring that celebrates all of the different colleges and Iowa State as a whole. There are so many more traditions too!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus! There is over 800 clubs and organizations. The newly-remodeled State Gym has a huge rock-climbing wall, a pool with a humongous screen so you can swim and watch TV at the same time and more! It's too hot right now to go do stuff on the quad, but other people are playing volleyball, soccer, or ultimate Frisbee almost everyday. Once a month, there is an ISU AfterDark in the Memorial Union where they have all kinds of activities to do and lots of things to win. Every weekend there is a different movie showing at the Cyclone Cinema (free fro students) and the Workspace has pottery and crafts every week. There's always different musical groups performing in the Maintenance Shop. There is so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    I have nothing to complain about here regarding food. Everything I've had has been delicious and I eat so much. From the huge salad bars to the make-your-own sandwiches to the frozen yogurt and ice cream, you can find anything to eat here on campus. It takes a while to get used to where you can go for what and how to buy things or use your meal plan at each location, but you eventually catch on. I would eat at the dining centers for every meal if I could.

    Dorm Life

    Iowa State is an old school, so the buildings look really nice and cool looking on the outside, but like anything, many things could be updated. However, this year my dorm got some new furniture and new mattresses so that was very beneficial! The CA's (community advisors) that I've met so far are all wonderful. They plan house meetings, house dinners every week, and other fun events for us to do. And as long as you leave your door open to invite people to come in, you'll make lots of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tough and some are not so tough. I'm in a science based major so I have lots of science courses but those aren't so hard for me because that's what I'm good at. Iowa State is obviously not Harvard, but it's not a small community college either, so it's about middle of the road for academic rigor. If you're looking to challenge yourself however, the Honors Program is absolutely wonderful! You can take honors classes or add honors components to regular classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you join a learning community here! They're a great way to get to know other students in your field of study. I'm actually in two of them because they're so neat! When you come here, get the MyState app. I believe it's free (I don't have a smartphone) but it has everything from a map of campus to bus routes to when a clothes washer is available. Get you application in as early as possible! And then get your housing contract in as soon as possible too! Then you can be somewhere where you want to live instead of somewhere you don't. The Iowa State website has tons of information about every dorm.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is very cozy and beautiful, all at the same time. There is SO much to do and so many ways to stay active and get involved. I am looking forward to being here for the next 4 years!

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe by day but call the campus security service escort at night. This is true for both men and women.

    Clubs and Activities

    1. Rodeo Club 2. Equestrian Team 3. Madrigal Dinner (winter)

    What to do for fun

    1. National Balloon Festival Indianola, IA summer 2. Des Moines Renaissance Faire 3. Amana Colonies October Fest fall

    Food and Dining

    1. There is a huge selection of very good food in the Residential Dining Centers. 2. Take a little of the things you like and come back if you want more. 3. Try something new every day 4. If you have a meal plan try other dinning options for a change of pace

    Dorm Life

    1. Be flexible, patient, and tolerant 2. If things get too loud speak softly and politely 3. If that doesn't work consider using a study hall or the library to do work 4. As the Residence Assistant for help in solving interpersonal issues

    Academic Rigor

    1. No matter how good you think your writing is go to the Writing Center and ask for help. Writing in college is different from high school. 2. Join study groups in all your classes even if you think you know the subject. There are more aspects to a topic than you may be aware of. 3. Use the Academic Success Center Resources including the tutors. There are programs that will help pay for tutoring if your budget is tight. 4. Budget your time and make sure you do assignments early. Ask your professor or Teaching Assistant to look over your work before you submit it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Budget for warm winter clothes and light summer clothes. 2. Buy the best footwear you can get because you will do a lot of walking. 3. Get a bike to get around town because a car is too expensive to keep on campus unless you need to go home a lot. 4. Join clubs and go to events because they are an important part of your education

    In three sentences

    If you are not from the Midwest: 1. You will find out what winter (-20F) and summer (100F+ and 90% humidity) are. 2. People are more friendly and helpful than you may be used to 3. No two days will be the same.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have weekly movies playing on campus for free. There is also a bowling alley and other fun things to do at night and on the weekends, like going to a football game.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous dining centers around campus. They have high quality food and most or all places are buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    There are CA's (Community Advisors) who are willing to help with any questions or concerns you may have about the bus system to homework and everything in between.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes really challenge you to put what you have learned in lecture and put it to use in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind when you start college and get involved in clubs and within your dorm or housing facility.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a beautiful campus. There are also wonderful teachers that truly care about helping you get through your college career. There are over 800 clubs on campus that you can be involved with and if there isn't a club you can make your own.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe on campus. They have emergency phones set up all around campus and the help van is always available to call if you need a ride home. I always walk at night with someone with me and I would suggest the same to everyone else.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone! Whether is be academic or just for fun, I am sure that they will have a club for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA!! Veishea is a huge tradtion around Iowa State, basically it is a week long party for everyone. There is always something going on from food specials, the parade, to many other traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    I do feel like they will do just about anything to get a dollar out of you. Some things include parking tickets, housing/dining prices, and you even have to pay to change your schedule.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of activities that go on, on weekend nights if someone is not looking to go out to parties. Iowa State After Dark is a program that has free food and games and it goes on every Friday night!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls actually have very good food and a variety of it! I would suggest not getting the same thing every time thought because that will get old fast.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Willow residence hall my freshman year and it was alright, nothing too special. The room was pretty spacious and I got paired with an awesome roommate, but a few things did get old. I really wished that I could have had a kitchen to cook in because microwaving everything got really old, really fast. Also the 3AM fire alarms were not so fun either!

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are pretty average in rigor, but I still had to do much work than I did in high school even in the easy classes. If someone has to take chemistry here, I would suggest lots and lots of time to dedicate to the class!

    Tips for prospective students

    If someone is going into a science based major like myself, I would highly suggest taking as many chemistry classes as their high school offers. General chemistry one and two have definitely been the most difficult I have taken here.

    In three sentences

    I am very happy that I have chosen to go to Iowa State for my college education! My absolute favorite part about it here is the beautiful campus and how it doesn't feel like a big city. I can't see myself anywhere else but here.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything you could possibly love. Quiddage team, tons of intramurals, larping club, etc. Anything you think of, we have it.

    What to do for fun

    Ames is most defiantly a college town so there is so much to do. Welch Ave at night is a crazy bunch of bars and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different places to eat on campus every day. The UDCC has the best selection of food for every occasion.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are awesome and you meet so many different people. Maple, Willow, Larch are beautiful. Try not to get into the towers...

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the most interesting classes have the worse amount of homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to actually know your professors, they can help you out a lot. Be early to big lectures and sit near the front. Don't take this beautiful campus for granted.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. They have a patrol team that go around in vans to help students (example- escorting to dorms/buildings on campus) if they ever feel in danger. Everything is pretty well-lit at night and I have never felt threatened, even on an 11pm bus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sooo many clubs to pick from, it's actually hard to pin it down to a mere couple you want to attend. Try out a bunch to see where you fit in and where you can connect to make acquaintances for that college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    ISU is great for all types of students. For example, I'm quite shy usually, but ISU activities are helping me make new friends and feel more involved with my community. I'm also volunteering more, which is what ISU likes to have students do as well. You'll probably have a volunteer project in one of your courses throughout your college experience. If you're social, awesome. If you're shy, it's all good. If you're a study-hard student, great (their library is cozy). If you're a party-er, all power to you (but good luck on those exams...)!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Campaniling -Do not step on the zodiac symbol on the ground when you enter the Memorial Union building....legend has it that you'll fail your next exam if you set foot on it! EVERYBODY walks around it, it's quite amusing to watch. -Campus has its ghosts...you'll meet one in your lifetime at Iowa State. If not in the dorms, it'll be on campus at a funky time.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely feel like I am paying for high quality teaching! If I'm going to spend thousands, I'm going to spend them at ISU. The professors are good for the most part, the lectures are interesting, the testing centers are easy to go in and out of, I feel like I learn something new every day, and I'm just overall very satisfied so far.

    What to do for fun

    -Tons of ISU Afterdark activities on Friday nights! Do them, you can win free prizes and participate in fun games and activities with friends. -Join clubs! Over 200+ clubs at ISU and you're bound to find something you're interested in. If not, form a club yourself! -Free movies showing throughout the school year. -Football games and tailgating! Root for the Cyclones! -Campaniling...which you will learn the definition once you visit!

    Food and Dining

    ISU is known for having one of the best dining experiences ever...it's no wonder why the freshman 15 can be so easily gained here (hehe). There are some restaurants I do miss having that Ames/the campus does not have...but that is what traveling home is for. In general, the food is good. Nobody starves! There is plenty of diversity in the food restaurants (outside campus) since we have a high exchange student ratio.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, I am a transfer student. I'm not entirely sure about how the dorm life is at ISU, but I can go off of what I've heard from my buddies. I've heard they have normal standings, a good welcoming week when everybody moves into their dorms and whatnot. The residential assistants seem to be standard and not too finicky about every single thing, just show respect and you'll be fine. One negative would be the bathroom situation, but with dorms that is to be expected.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, so good. The classes push you to get that A and an A is not average...A is extra and beyond the stars. As a freshman, it's okay if you gather C's when you were an A straight student. Just learn what each professor wants from you, target each class with a strategy, and have faith in yourself. Also, try and not to procrastinate because it will save you the super stressful moments you really don't need. Fun fact- ISU is known for their research labs and funding since they are a land grant school.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure to take a scenic campus tour- you'll most likely fall in love harder if you do so. -Get a bus route schedule and see where most of your classes will be (especially if you know your major). -If you are still undecided about your major, research the campus' individual schools and see which ones you'd be interested in. There is also a career center on campus dedicated to helping you narrow your choices and select a better route for your future. -Don't be shy! Get interactive on campus and don't be afraid to join/research activities going on. There is something happening almost every day, so make sure to network and broaden your horizons.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful experience with delightful learning accommodations. The campus is gorgeous and spacious with plenty of room to have fun with friends. It has the homey comfort with the college setting all wrapped into one!

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ISU offers a lot of fun stuff to do. They have the ISU after dark which usually has shows, comedians, and other activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good from what I have had.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm but I hear people like it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus more than once. I still get confused. And download the MyState App.

    In three sentences

    I love Iowa State. The people are great and the campus is beautiful. I am really enjoying my time there.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 different clubs to get involved in, there's something for everyone you just have to get out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculturally involved students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA the annual celebration (fair, party, event...)

    Bang for the buck

    Especially for out-of-state students, the tuition (31,000) will suck you dry.

    What to do for fun

    Ames is small, much smaller than the town I was from. But, campus always has something going on. Tons of inexpensive sporting events and performers, free late-nighter activities once a week, and movie viewings in the dorms on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different options for eating on campus. Three dining centers, a sports bar, and about 10 different cafes. Each places has a variety of foods to eat and theyre all pretty good. The dining centers offer plenty of vegetarian/ vegan options as well. Each dorm section also has access to a nearby convenience store, and things can be purchased from the pre-loaded dining dollars on the meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms that I lived in (Larch) were great. They were clean, the rooms were spacious, and the environment was not too party-heavy, but were not quiet either.

    Academic Rigor

    While the curriculum requires 15 or 16 credits a semester, a couple over full-time, but nothing crazy. The actual courses are not difficult, and the requirements to be accepted are not difficult to obtain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be afraid of the size of campus, there are quite a few students (30,000) but Iowa State takes the academic success of each student seriously and personally.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a beautiful campus and has an amazing academic program, especially those going into agricultural studies. Their animal sciences program is by far the best, and they provide all of the knowledge, experiences, and opportunities to get into vet school. The students and faculty are all welcoming and posses the great small town, Midwest values, that make everyone want to live here.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I play soccer with my friends. Go shopping Dancing Reading

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great, with the Help Van that you can call and they will pick you up and escort you to your car/dorm/apartment/campus building you need to get to. They will pick you up from wherever on campus you call them and take you out to the stadium to your vehicle too (if you have to park out there), which is really nice. Campus safety also includes the ISU Police, who take care of emergency situations and can also help you out with personal emergencies, such as injury on campus (such as falling down the stairs, been there!) and car trouble.

    Greek Life

    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!

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds! Seriously, try some out, they are really great!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors types, Winter - Lovers, Sports enthusiasts, art lovers, agriculture students, people interested in research, and generally people who love people!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA is a great tradition celebrating ISU, and has tons of free events all week and great deals on meals! Also, there is the Campanile Challenge of running from Beardshear to Curtiss across central campus at midnight before the twelfth toll of the bell!

    What to do for fun

    Free events 3 times a semester with great speakers/entertainers such as Macy Bookout, various hypnotists and comedians, and so many more people and bands! Lots of free crafts and free concerts, along with bingo where you can win really cool prizes!

    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful, sometimes the lines aren't so great (increasing enrollment and everything), but the line is so very worth it!

    Dorm Life

    You really make the greatest friends in the dorms, and the dorms themselves are pretty good. Some are in need of an update, but the maintenance staff does a great job of responding quickly and efficiently if something does need taken care of, even at 3am!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be difficult, but you learn so much that sometimes you don't even realize. Other times you are fully aware of how hard classes can be, but once you make if through that extra-rigorous course, it makes other classes and the balancing act of college incredibly easier! Trust me, once you make it through (which you will!), life gets much easier to deal with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Submit your acceptance and housing early! You do not want to be stuck in interim housing and have to move at some point in the semester after making your new friends!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a wonderful student life and atmosphere, being incredibly welcoming and supporting. All offices on campus will do their very best (and sometimes above and beyond) to make sure you are comfortable, well-adjusted, and taken care of so you can do your best as a student. The general study body at Iowa State is wonderful and everyone is very helpful if you have questions or need help with anything, regardless of if you are touring campus or a seasoned student.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department who regularly trains their officers. We also have an ISU Alert system that tells you of danger on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800. There's a niche for everyone. I made more friends through clubs than anything else.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Campanile is a clock tower in the center of campus. Tradition holds that you are not a true Iowa Stater until you have been kissed under the Campanile at midnight. The Zodiac is an artwork on the floor in one of the entrances of the Memorial Union. It is said that to step on the Zodiac means that you will fail your next exam.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Go to the gym. Get out there.

    Food and Dining

    I hate the food. It is generic and tasteless. The food courts and such are, generally, run by people who don't care, who in turn, create horrible food. I have gotten food poisoning twice in three months.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Friley residence hall. Each floor has their own community and support network. They have events with other floors. Generally, socializing and studying with dorm mates is very popular.

    Academic Rigor

    They expect you to do your homework and go to class, but 100 page essays are not the typical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore campus. There's a lot to see. Don't stay cooped up in your room. Join a couple of clubs. There are literally hundreds to choose from.

    In three sentences

    It has an beautiful, clustered campus. There is a great transportation system. The residence halls and other facilities are always up-to-date and maintained.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling, walking around the Zodaic, VEISHA

    What to do for fun

    Join the Greek life, clubs, or an intramural.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good here but the campus has so many students that sometimes finding a table can be challenging.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms themselves are nice but some of the dorms do not have elevators which can be exhausting. Some also do not have air for the hot summer months.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're ready to study and have challenging courses. Expect to study here more than ever.

    In three sentences

    Iowa state has a beautiful campus. It is very challenging. However, there are many resources to help you on campus.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You always see security when going from class to class.

    Greek Life

    As with all colleges the Greeks are here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots of different activities. Always something to be involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Atrium. Beautiful place.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student I think the prices are reasonable compared to out of state fees of my other choices.

    What to do for fun

    Close to shopping and movie theaters. Events on campus also.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay. Prefer a home cook meal. Lots of different types of foods you can choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It can be trying. But you have to understand this will possibly be everyone's first time not under their parents roof. So there will be a lot of growing up to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your college of choice. At least have 3 choices of colleges View the colleges website to learn information

    In three sentences

    The diversity of the campus is great. The ease to get to classes and the classes are not too large.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never have to worry about going anywhere alone. This campus is very safe. Safety is not a concern, but if someone does feel threatened there are emergency phones around campus that can be used and someone will arrive within seconds. Also there is the campus help van that can pick you up if you do not feel safe walking late at night.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs on campus so there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for all types of students, the campus is very open minded and no matter what your major is you will receive an excellent education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most interesting tradition is we have the zodiac when you walk into the Memorial Union. The tradition is that if you walk across it you will fail your next exam, so students walk around it. The only way to turn around this unfortunate event is to put money into the fountain outside of the Memorial Union.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, it is cheaper for me to go to school here in Iowa than back home. Also this campus is a lot better than places I looked for back in Illinois so Iowa State University was the all around better place.

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend there are free movies in Carver, and they are new movies so it is nice to be able to have fun and not spend money. Also there are activities at the Memorial Union every weekend at night that are usually all free. There are many concerts on campus too with a variety of music.

    Food and Dining

    There is always a wide variety of food. I personally am a vegetarian and I still can find many options to choose from. They accommodate to any style of eating and the food is always good quality.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something to do and the dorm halls work hard to build a community. There are always activities to do and most buildings have competitions between floors to create some fun.

    Academic Rigor

    I understand what I learn and I am in challenging classes. You are put into classes from your major your freshman year, unlike at other schools that you only take general education classes, so that you know what you really want to do and do not waste time with pointless classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, Iowa State University may be in the middle of Iowa and you would think it would be boring but rather there are so many things to do and so many opportunities. Keep an open mind and take as many opportunities as you can to broaden your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University gives you a great education along with an amazing college experience. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and the people here are all friendly and easy to get along with. Choosing Iowa State was the best decision of my life.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Iowa State University is for hard working students that don't mind the cold weather. The school is very laid back and most of the professors are more than willing to bend over backwards to make sure that you understand the material.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the Memorial Union there is a zodiac sign right by the doors, and if you walk across it, rather than walking around it, there is the superstition that you will fail your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student and I cannot possibly agree more that I am getting the most bang for the buck. Iowa State is perfect for my major, animal sciences, and had a lot of amazing opportunities that other universities can't offer me.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, my friends and I like to go to the movies and hang out in our dorm rooms. There isn't a whole lot to do on campus, although they do have late nights at the MU which is fun.

    Food and Dining

    When eating at the dining centers, you can definitely tell which centers are better than others. Breakfast/brunch at UDCC is amazing and I can't go a day without a made to order omelette. Storms, the dining center near towers, is convenient but does not have many options. Seasons is amazing, and I wish I could eat there every night.

    Dorm Life

    I live in towers, Wilson building, and it is both a good and bad thing. I live really far from campus and there aren't that many buses that go late and take students back there. We are far from dining halls, and the only one near us closes on the weekends. Although the placement of my dorm is inconvenient, everybody in the towers is really close with each other. My best friends live on my floor and we all hang out together because travelling off campus is a pain. Towers is pretty far, but from what I hear a lot of the students that live in all the other dorms love their close on campus housing and they all get heating right away and most have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only a freshman so I don't know how hard most of the courses are, but mine have been good. I enjoy all of my classes so I became very involved with them, making getting good grades easier. Although some of the material is pretty tolerable, there are some classes that give you more work than other classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the library, you can stay super late on school nights and there's even a cafe in there too!

    In three sentences

    An amazing university that offers a lot of opportunities for students. The campus is beautiful and mostly everybody here is friendly. Overall, I am really happy with my decision on attending Iowa State University.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt so safe before coming to Iowa State. Even at 3 in the morning, walking down the main street, I do not feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless opportunities to get involved, with over 800 extracurricular opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    There are many different types of students here. There are people from Chicago who have noted that they feel a little overwhelmed by the rural feel of Ames and the curriculum at Iowa State, but for the most part, the students are content with Ames and Iowa State, no matter what their background is.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is something called Mass Campanilling, where a hoard of students rush to the Campanile to kiss at the stroke of midnight. Also, if you walk around Lavern Lake three times holding hands with your significant other, you are destined to be together for life.

    Bang for the buck

    While I am attending through a scholarship, I still believe that the full tuition would be totally worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun in Ames itself, and Des Moines is only forty-five minutes away for the bigger malls and such. Personally, I rarely venture off campus for entertainment. There are plenty of shows that come to the Memorial Union, and most of my friends and I simply get together to study, watch movies, and play games.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get a little repetitive, but besides the long lines, there are choices for vegetarians to meat lovers.

    Dorm Life

    My resident's hall was fantastic. My floor bonded incredibly well, and I feel as though I am almost experiencing the Greek life sort of sisterhood with them, while retaining the integrated dorm-life experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The first semester classes were not that difficult for me, but I have heard that the upper level classes are much more rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the best tips that I heard from my peer mentors and guides was to get involved as soon as possible. It really helps you meet people and develop a large network right off the bat. Later on, when you're looking for a job or seeking another opportunity, the network will be instrumental.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a larger university that is a close-knit community due to the small-town background of a large percentage of the students. The opportunities to get involved in any topic are endless, and the professors and advisers are always eager to assist their students. In terms of academia, there are classes that vary in difficulty and cater to interests anywhere from anthropology to zoology.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police that are great at their job and you can even have an escort walk you across campus at night if you are worried.

    Greek Life

    Greeks will be Greeks is all I will say. Lots of partying and drinking.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs. You literally can find a club for anything at ISU, and if you can't, you are highly encouraged to start your own. It is a lot of fun and awesome that ISU wants there students to be so involved.

    Great for these types of students

    There are many resources for all types of students at ISU. You just need to find what works for you. If you need help, there is always someone willing to help you find what you need to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Campaniling is a time honored tradition that makes you an official ISU student. Basically you go at midnight to the Campanile on central campus and kiss someone for all twelve strokes of the clock. It is super fun and an interesting way to become an official student while getting to know your fellow peers ;) -Curtiss to Beardshear: everyone does it before they graduate, but you go at midnight and stand at the top of Curtiss Hall's steps naked then run during the 12 strokes of the Campanile all the way across central campus to the top to Beardshear Hall's steps. It is hilarious to watch and even more interesting to participate in.

    Bang for the buck

    If you come here, you will get a great education, opportunities, and career experience before you even graduate all for a great cost. I highly recommend this school even for out of state students. It is an amazing school!

    What to do for fun

    Obviously there is a lot of partying at this campus, but if that is not your cup of tea, you can go to State Gym, get involved in intramural sports, join one of the 800+ clubs, do GREEK life, or do something around the great city of Ames. There is always Something to do!

    Food and Dining

    UDCC is okay as far as food goes, but it is the same thing every week basically. Seasons and Conversations are better because they have more of a variety. Storms is just awful!

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorms the first year! It is way more social than living in a suite or an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Go in focused because as soon as you fall behind, it is hard to catch back up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go in with a clear and open mind because you will be given many opportunities to experience things you have never done before. Be willing to try them.

    In three sentences

    This university is a great place for you to gain a solid education while still having time to be involved in many different programs and extracurriculars. The people are very welcoming and friendly. It is easy to find you niche here and feel at home!

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports are one of the funnest activities and they range from curling to flag football to battleship h2o (sinking opponents canoes with water). Join clubs, there are many clubs from larping clubs to wrestling clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. there are many different selections at the Union Memorial Dinning Center and the seasons dining center. there are always vegetarian options and the all you can eat dinning style is awesome for those who eat a lot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to meet new friends and have a lot of fun. there are many different types of dorm floors from learning communities to multicultural floors. there are coed floors and single gender floors. they are usually pretty good, but some floors can be very loud and rowdy on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    They want you to be an adult and to have your work done on time. they are understanding though for good reasons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go to supplemental instruction sessions for help on classes, and learning communities help also.

    In three sentences

    The food is great from the dinning centers. Most of the professors are great and if you need help there are many options from talking to your professor to getting a tutor. The campus is beautiful and there is always something to do for the students

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    AMAZING!

    What to do for fun

    drink or study.

    Food and Dining

    crowded and bland

    Dorm Life

    Loud at times, Crap rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but you can get a B if you try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be a agriculture major and stay off welch street

    In three sentences

    Iowa state is a good school overall it has quality academics for a reasonable price. The school helps you get a job after you graduate. It has a great small town atmosphere.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent!!! A very safe campus with lots of options for transportation and escort safety late at night.

    Greek Life

    High Class and very popular!

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. Not one thing there isn't a club for, and if there isn't, they make it easy to start one.!

    Great for these types of students

    Foreign Students, Small town and big city kids. It offers something for everyone with lots of spirit and pride for the red and gold.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campanilling in the most unusual tradition at Iowa State. The Campanille is a large bell/clock tower in the center of campus that is played by hand every hour. The tradition is to kiss a coed at midnight without a brick falling.

    Bang for the buck

    The best bang for the buck is the whole experience as far as education and entertainment. If you like the smaller town atmosphere with a lot of big city options near by you have the right school.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, football, basketball are top notch at Iowa State! Intramural sports are challenging and fun. Club sports are offered as well. Music and plays and other performances are available and affordable for students through CY Stephens Auditorium.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome, great food and lots of different meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    It is a great place to meet new people. The facilities are older giving it a 3 star

    Academic Rigor

    ISU is top notch in academic rigor. I give it 5 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and intramural sports. Don't be afraid to ask for help in your classes. Fraternity and Sorority experience is a good way to feel like you belong right from the start.

    In three sentences

    I give Iowa State University top ratings on Student Support for learning support. Iowa State has an incredible basketball program both men and women programs. Iowa State has the most beautiful college campus I have ever seen.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are really friendly and do a fantastic job at keeping campus secure and safe. Iowa State is an alcohol-free campus as well, and most dorms have a no-drug policy as well. The accommodations made between drivers, the buses, and pedestrians are also well kept. As far as all of that goes, I don't see any inherent danger on campus at all.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone. Like space? Join Iowa State Space Society, whether you like building rockets or just looking through a telescope. Like martial arts? There is judo, kung fu, and kendo, and more. There are various clubs for politics, and some for hobbies. And they all make it really simple to join up and to join up as many as you want.

    Great for these types of students

    You don't have to be social or outgoing, but you definitely will be. If you're the kind of person who wants professors that aren't boring, classes that challenge you, clubs that keep you interested, and peers that you will enjoy spending all your leftover time with, Iowa State should be in consideration for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling is sort of a rite of passage for Iowa Staters. To become an Iowa Stater, you have to kiss someone at midnight underneath the clock tower on the campanile. Another tradition is the zodiac in Memorial Union, the building on campus for our bookstore and other things. If you step on the zodiac on accident, it is common superstition to believe you will fail your next exam. But tossing a coin in the fountain outside will negate that effect.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State as a whole, is not an entirely expensive school to go to. The experience you get, in my personal opinion, is worth way more. There are so many people to meet not just from Iowa, but from everywhere in the world. I roomed with international students on 2 different occasions (and other people I knew as well), and both from different countries. It's fantastic to learn not just from professors or classes, but from your peers as well. The rooming, dining, and Main Street in their entirety, are fantastic considering the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join and events to go to, with Clubfest showing students what they should join to enhance their ISU experience. There is usually always something fun going on in Howe Hall, the engineering building. They have flight contests at the end of the semester for Aerospace Engineers and it's really fun to watch no matter what major you are in. Then there is VEISHEA, held annually at Iowa State, which is an old traditional celebration at ISU that showcases many of the things ISU has to offer, including sports, food, and other entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    It's really hard to find a bad dining hall on-campus. Some of them are really fancy and the food is always really good, with special treats always around during the holidays. The meal plan/contracts that you have to set up depending on the dorms are really straightforward and easy to fit to each student's preferences.

    Dorm Life

    One of the flagships for Iowa State. Most dorms are really nice, and the apartments even better. I have yet to meet anyone who dislikes who they are rooming with, and everyone is eager to meet up with everyone else. The Residential and Community Advisors there also do a good job of making sure everything runs smoothly for students/residents.

    Academic Rigor

    No class is easy, and they shouldn't ever be. However, there is a limit to having a challenging course. Being a challenging course that promotes education and learning is different from being a stressful course with a workload that makes no sense to you. Luckily, I haven't encountered the latter course and every course and professor makes it a point to highlight resources for you to use without babying you. It is a considerable step up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take the Career Path survey in your first semester. It really helps get your head on straight to learn the skills you need to survive college and be successful. Talk with everyone and try to collect as much information you can about literally everything.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State is a fantastic place to be, not just for the beautiful campus there but for the people there too. Everyone there is really open and social and it feels like everyone is looking out for each other. The professors and other administrators are all also involved and make you feel like being an Iowa State student actually matters to them.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campaniling is where couples head to the campanile at midnight, and kiss until the 12 gongs to signal midnight are over. In order for a girl to be considered a true Iowa Stater, she must kiss at midnight under the campanile. Mass campaniling happens at homecoming and veisha. Also at homecoming and veisha, there are cheap pancakes on central campus. this draws a big crawd, as the pancakes are very good, and a very cheap midnight snack. Another tradition to become a true Iowa Stater involves Lake Laverne, the lake on campus. It is said that if you and your love can walk around the lake three times, without saying a word to each other, you are meant to be.

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend Iowa State hosts a movie in one of the buildings that is free for students and their guests. Thursday through Sunday twice a night a movie that has just been released will play with no cost to anyone. there are always frat houses that throw parties on weekends, and most of the time one can find a party in the dorms as well. There are cable hookups in every dorm room, so if you feel like staying in, and have a TV, that is another option. If you are over 21, campustown is a good place to go wander, as there are a ton of bars and parties there. The cyride, with all its many routes, can take you pretty much anywhere in the city, so the possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone tries to be very social at the beginning of the semester, by leaving their doors open and walking around the halls talking to random people. If you are a social being yourself, or do not have many friends, this may help your transition to college. Once everyone is settled in, people start forming their cliques and thats when big gettogethers start happening in random rooms. Every dorm is close to a dining center, and it is very easy to grab some friends from down the hall and go grab a meal.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how passionate a person is about their topic of study, the classes here can be either super hard, if you dont care, or super easy, if you love the topics. Lecture classes are a lot easier to skip than some of the smaller classes, butsome of the lectures may be more interesting and/or easier to understand the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    If high school was a walk in the park for you, make sure that after your first couple weeks, you buckle down and focus on studying, because you wont make it through the semester otherwise. It is ok to go out every so often, go to parties, go out to eat, make sure everyone else knows you're still alive. Just make sure its not every night, because that will mess with your studies. Remind yourself what your prioreties are at school. is it to spend all your money on alcohol or school supplies? or your time on a job or being the social butterfly everyone knew you as in high school? set your prioreties straight and you will succeed, no matter what school you are at.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous, and the atmosphere is one that makes you feel at home while still feeling like its a school. Most major-specific classes are smaller, while the general classes such as psychology, math, english, etc. are large. Its very easy to find food around campus, whether its a dining center, cafe, convienence store, or street vendor.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The offer plenty of opportunities for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with your friends, extra-curriculars, or other typical college things!

    Food and Dining

    UDCC always had great meals.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Friley Hall and had a great time,

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but that is to be expected with an electrical engineering major. ISU is a very respected university, and almost all graduates find jobs quickly after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved on campus! Also allocate enough time to study. Treat school like a 9-5 job (or 8-4, depending on your schedule).

    In three sentences

    A wonderful university, with a beautiful campus and fantastic professors. Everyone is very helpful, and it is a great place to get your education. If I had to go back and redo my decision, I would definitely choose Iowa State again.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ISU is well lit and I feel safe walking to class alone. They university has blue emergency buttons that are connected to the campus police and someone will be there in less that 60 seconds. Campus police can also always be seen around campus as well as the Ames police.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities are available if there is not a club for your interest you can create one. ISU is open to pretty much all interests, however it is more than likely already a club. The university also offers many activities throughout the school year and on holidays.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are social and want to learn and meet new people. ISU is good for anyone that likes having a fun time and getting involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Streeking across central campus from one building to another Kissing your loved one under the campanile at midnight Eating cherry pie during Veisha Walking around the Zodiac in the memorial union or throwing a coin in the fountain if you do so you don't fail your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is pretty high but you get access to all the gyms, which are all really nice and have high quality machines and equipment, free buss pass, and you get inexperience that will last a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    ISU has many fun activities and clubs to participate in, they have dancing, arts and crafts, movies, and intermurals, which includes basketball, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, hockey, and many more fun and interesting activities like quitich ( from Harry Potter).

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    ISU has one of the largest dorms and I live in it. I like the dorm life there is always someone to talk to. The people are all nice and the dorms are conveniently located close to the dining center and gym.

    Academic Rigor

    ISU has some challenging courses and I am never bored. I feel like there is always some thing that I should be doing for one of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to take as many AP courses as they can before coming to ISU so you can decide what classes you want to take sooner rather than later because those that come in with fewer credits choose class later. Also I would also tell them to meet as many people as they can because you never know who you might connect with.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has a very diverse campus and you can meat people from all over not just the U.S but the whole world. ISU also has a very active campus and everyone likes to get involved. The people that go to ISU come from all different backgrounds so you will always find others that share the same interests as you.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super Safe - But you still need to be smart.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love Dub H- Hip Hop club

    What to do for fun

    Get out and join groups and get to know lots of new people

    Food and Dining

    I do dining dollars and it has worked out really well for me to be able to eat on campus when I need to.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an apartment with 3 other girls and I love it. I live in Maricopa!!!

    Academic Rigor

    I still have to put in some study time. But I can still have a lot of fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for lots of scholarships Be Organized Be prepared to Study

    In three sentences

    I love ISU. Fun Great Education

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all kinds of things to do for fun both on and off campus. Off campus there is a couple movie theaters, bowling alley, a game arcade with laser tag and various other fun stuff inside, and several others. On campus there are a ton of classes that you can take such as dance or pretty much anything you can think of. There is also a bowling alley, an ice rink, a couple gyms with equipment for those who like to work out, lots of basketball courts for the ballers out there, and turf for soccer and any other sport or recreation activity desired. There are outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, and soccer/football fields. Live music concerts, comedian acts, and movie nights are available to everyone as well.

    Food and Dining

    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!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm I live in is really nice and the location is very convenient. As a floor we have regular meetings and do various activities which is always fun. However, you are not forced to attend these activities if you wish to not to. There are so many places to live either on or off campus. It is just based off of your preferences where you want to live and what is best for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are highly qualified for the classes they are teaching and students will find themselves being challenged by the material yet if they put in the effort they will be successful. Iowa State also has a hands on learning technique so students get more out of their classes. There are also tons ways that students can get extra help with certain subjects if they choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a current college student attending Iowa Sate I would suggest that you keep Iowa State in mind when choosing a college to attend. There are endless opportunities here with almost every major possible available. That way if you change your mind about a major you don't have to transfer. Iowa State also has a plethora of clubs and activities for students to get involved in. There is something for everyone to keep busy and enjoy their college experience.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State has endless opportunities for everyone. Academically they have well qualified professors and students will find themselves challenged yet with some effort quite successful. It is also a very beautiful campus with friendly peer and an overall great community.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The biggest thing is to join clubs and I definitely recommend joining a sorority or fraternity if you are eligible. There are also dances and a bowling alley that are really fun to go to and Iowa State is really close to stores with buses called cyride that take you around town.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very expensive. I do, however, recommend living on campus your first year so you can get involved and everything is just a walk away. There are parties but it is your choice whether to go or not so it is not recommended to go to any with alcohol if you are under 21 and the parties aren't that loud in the dorms. I get to sleep pretty easy even where there is a party down the hall. The dorm rooms are great and very well maintenance for the most part. Some dorms are nicer than others but the nicer rooms like suites are more expensive. Some have air conditioning but all of them have heat.

    Academic Rigor

    There is so many different classes to choose from and some of the most random ones are the most fun. Iowa State advisers will help you set up your classes if you need help. The University has great classes but I was a little disappointing in a few of the professors teaching styles and bad attitudes. They use plenty of technology so you will be able to use your computer and access your classes on it.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't skip class unless you absolutely have to like for an exam or family emergency. -Get involved in clubs. There are plenty to choose from! -When scheduling classes try to get a lunch break somewhere in the middle. -Also don't over load on classes -I definitely recommend a part time job while in school.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has a beautiful campus and a variety of people. It is a large school that actually has pretty small classes. It isn't too expensive and if you need financial help there is plenty of people that can help you.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Iowa State has its own police devision, and also there is a Help number if you ever need a ride at anytime of the day so you don't have to walk all by yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHEA!!! is a celebration of all the original colleges of ISU. There are parades, live concerts, talent shows, and so many other things to do during the 7 days of VEISHEA.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to get involved in around campus. But there are also little activities that are always posted in the monthly calendar that is sent out to every student living on campus. Anyone can find something new to try out.

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for me is amazing. Ive met so many fun and all around great people in my dorm hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging, staying onto of you daily and weekly schedule is a must to survive at Iowa State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University is a friendly community of college student from all around the globe. Everyday there is something new going on around campus, it is so easy to find something to get involved in. The atmosphere is very welcoming and homey.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are the best. If you need a safe ride from a school building back to your dorm because its 2am and you don't want to walk campus just call the isu ride number, they are very useful and always at your service.

    Clubs and Activities

    ISU has so many different clubs that it was actually pretty hard to decide which ones I wanted to participate in. I really wish I had more time in my day so I could be involved in all the clubs and intramurals I like.

    What to do for fun

    ISU has so many different clubs and organizations that you can get involved in. Also we have two great workout facilities so I would say you should also go there.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I must say that I fell in love with my dorm life. In my dorm we have multiple events each month that brought all floors together for a chance to compete against each other. Not only was this a great competition that brought the floors together, but it gave us a chance to get to know people on all floors.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a Pre-Health major the academic rigor is quite intense, but if you make time to study and get help along the way it is nothing you can't handle. Best advice is to take your academics seriously, and if you fall behind reach out to a close friend or mentor who can help you reevaluate and get on the correct path again.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know you hear it all the time, but honestly get involved. Jumping in to the club life so soon was the best thing I could have done. I cant tell you how many of my floor mates just stayed in their rooms first semester, because they were too scared to get involved. Don't be scared to do what you love with people who love the same things. I promise you will not regret getting involved.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State from day one won me over, there is something special about this campus that brings everyone together. While at ISU I have had the opportunity to get involved in so many different groups on campus that truly made me feel like I belonged with them.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    FUN!!!

    What to do for fun

    Dorm life, sorority and fraternity and events put on by the school.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food... Hmmm... Luckily there are lots of dining options!

    Dorm Life

    I have a great dorm and wonderful new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a very strong High School and it prepared me well. I am taking a full load of difficult courses but I make use of all the college resources for tutoring and study groups and it works real well. Time management is important!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new! I went to college unsure what I wanted but joined a learning community, sorority and am on the club lacrosse team. I am able to balance all the activities and get honors grades because I make use of the free tutoring and learning community resources.

    In three sentences

    I love Iowa State and spending time in the Midwest. Going away to a big college can be daunting but the resources at Iowa State are the best and are helping me grow as a person and excel with my studies. I am in the middle of my Spring term and I know I made the right choice; extra curricular activities, fun dorm, club sports, sorority, and great professors and interesting classes.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    I have heard from current students that all of the dorms are good.

    Academic Rigor

    Looking at the long list of majors, I love how many options there are at Iowa State.

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    From my community college to ISU the food quality is outstanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your way around campus! Also get out there and meet people.

    In three sentences

    Amazing atmosphere! I love the location, and always something going on. Many resources for students and families.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They alert you via text, email, and phone call if there is any type of emergency on campus. They have safety phones located all over campus, and a van that will pick you up if you need a ride late at night.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    They have literally over a thousand clubs to join. From needlepoint to minecraft, theirs a group for you. I never attended one due to lack of time, but they always seemed interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    Partiers, Iowa students who want to stay near home, Animal Science (Jodi Sterle is an AMAZING teacher), Design

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VEISHA is a crazy week where kids decide it's ok to rampage the streets and destroy the town. The original idea behind VEISHA is awesome, but unfortunately students don't get many opportunities to enjoy it as activities get cancelled due to criminal mishaps.

    Bang for the buck

    I paid out of state and had a few scholarships. It was still more than I wanted to pay. Next year I will be hitting up a community college to try to even out the debts.

    What to do for fun

    They canceled VEISHA, so if you're one of the hundreds of students that attend Iowa State just to party for this week, look elsewhere. There are a lot of bars, though they have been known to be scummy. The town itself SUCKS and only leaves you with bowling and laser tag. Other than that, might as well catch a movie or do your homework. Even the mall here only has like ten stores.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms because they were FULL. Iowa state encourages students to live in apartments because they can't fit even their underclassmen. I have been in the dorms plenty of times, and while some are super nice, the ones you don't pay a fortune for are ok at best. Old, kind of smelly, but not the worst dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the Biology program, and I feel the classes are fairly hard. My high school was very science based, yet these classes assume you go into them with a lot more knowledge. The classes are interesting, but the teachers are hit or miss, which makes it hard to fill in the gaps that you were supposed to already know. The labs are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find ways to make yourself an individual, because the school won't help you at all.

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University sees their students as numbers. They admit too many students, and claim it's a good thing. During my time here I have rarely had a class with less than 100 students, and several with over 300;

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Both Ames and Iowa State Police are present but not in overwhelming numbers so that it would feel ridiculous. There are these telephone safety poles all over campus in case you need immediate help. And if you don't feel comfortable walking home alone at night, you can call a service that will either walk or drive you home for free. I have always felt save on campus and didn't have any bad experiences a t all so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the list of clubs. It is amazing what you can choose. I believe you will get as happy as I am one in all my clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you come here remember not to step on the Zodiac that is implanted in the ground on the north entrance of the Memorial Union, our student center, or you will fail your next test ( if you believe in such things, of course). And to become a true Iowa Stater you have to do campaneling ( you need to kiss your significant other underneath the campanile on central campus. And if you want to go full scale, walk around lake LaVerne three times with someone and you will get married to that person.

    Bang for the buck

    Iowa State has decent tuition. It is cheaper than most other larger universities in the Midwest, as far as I believe and there are lots of different scholarship opportunities for you. In case you want some extra cash on the side, for you smaller expensive. There are very good jobs on campus, not just in the dining halls but through out the departments as well. And they are conveniently listed on the Student Job board.

    What to do for fun

    The list of student organizations is extremely long it reaches from DubH, the awesome hip-hop club to the origami club. If you want to do sports with other, perform acting, singing or dancing or get involved in something more academically, Iowa State has it. You will never be bored once you join some clubs and make friends. In addition to that there are always events put up all over campus. You would be hard pressed to find a nigh where there is nothing going on. ( okay, maybe dead week when everybody is busy.) But there is not just the campus but also Ames the sweet college town, who usually loves its students. There is a farmers market to which you can go to, different parks to relax or skate board. You can go out and eat different ethnic food with your friends or even something fancy with your significant other. There are so many options to have fun. Just go out and do them.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    At Iowa State University over 11,000 students choose to live on campus. There are a variety of options in which you can live: the traditional halls like Helser or Mapel or the sweet style residence halls like Buchanan and Eaton. The department of residence is very helpful when you want to move in, out or want something fixed. The residence halls all have associations to put up events in your hall and the Inter-residence hall association will combine all the residence halls in even larger events. But even on a small scale with just your floor, you will experience a lot fun and make new friends. It is very convenient to live on campus and the contracts with the department are easily done.

    Academic Rigor

    As I mentioned before the course catalog of Iowa State is very large and diverse. You can combine almost any major and minor. I have heard that especially the engineering programs like aerospace are excellent at ISU. And we also have some very unique program like the Biological and Premedical Illustration major. But actually in any major, you will be blown away by the options you can take. And you will be very motivated to study because you can take what interests you most. General Education requirements can vary quite a bit between the majors, but there are lot of different options to choose from, so that you will not get bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    First For the students who are not from Iowa or even the Midwest, like myself, mind the weather. It is very extreme, very, very cold in the winder and extremely hot in the summer. Second, you have probably heard this before, but Iowa States faculty and staff are very nice and approachable. Go talk to your professors and advisor. They are always happy to help you or just talk to you and get to know you. Third have fun. This is college. Get involved and you will not feel homesick!

    In three sentences

    Iowa State University has an excellent class catalog, which is very diverse and interesting. It is affordable and offers many scholarships. And there are so many opportunities to get involved around ISU and Ames, that you will make friends easily and never feel bored.

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends; play catch, play video games, have lengthy debates, and countless other stuff. Depending on your classes, they could be fun too.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    There are always things going on and friendly people are everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the area of study, classes can either be a breeze, difficult, or standard.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to do well in school is to study what you are interested in. Meet new people. Be yourself.

    In three sentences

    There are plenty of activities to suit everyone. The teachers are friendly people. Potential friends are everywhere.

  • 06/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. street lamps are always on . There is an escort service for students 24/7 for times when they are stuck somewhere or believe they are in danger.

    Greek Life

    Good.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous Major and Non-Major related clubs and workshops are regularly put up.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who do not run away from hard work . Also for students who love a serene environment and harsh winters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campanile in our college is famous for student going there at midnight and kissing as it is considered lucky. Also there is a zodiac circle in the memorial union which is said to make you fail you semester if you step on it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bowling alley and clubhouse. Numerous clubs, art workshops and gyms to leasure out in.

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    Students are rude and unaccommodating.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty is not very helpful and the system is unorganized. Their online study courses and not recommended. But the teachers teach well in class and tests are regularly given.

    Tips for prospective students

    It would be a good idea for the students to research every bit about the university including their programs, accommodation , conveyance etc. Ames, the city where the college is located has extreme weather , so students should be prepared.

    In three sentences

    The faculty and students are not very helpful.Also, the university is not very international student friendly.It is Difficult to find Jobs to support education.

  • 07/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I see lots of complaints about out-of-state tuition, but compared to my older sister's choice, it's very reasonable.

    Food and Dining

    The food on the tour was good.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of choices.

    Academic Rigor

    Use all the statistics to see if it's a good fit for you.

    In three sentences

    My favorite of the schools I have toured.

  • 07/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, intramural sports, get involved, otherwise it's mainly bars.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, if a little spread out. The students can be a little wild, and ISU has more 'trouble with the law' than UNI or Iowa. However, it is a very nice place.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt threatened or scared on this campus. Coming from Seattle I am used to big cities though. If you're a small town person, than it may be a bit intimidating.

    What to do for fun

    Your imagination is the limit. Though mostly people go to the bars. There are plenty of campus activities too, if you're not one for drinking. Bowling, laser tag, pool, concerts, and more are also available.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I would not suggest the old part of Friley. However, if you're 19+, Freddy Court is rather decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Well that depends on which major you're in. Something like Engineering is going to be much more difficult than Business. Design is extremely time consuming but if you put the effort forward it is rewarding. None the less, they are all going to be somewhat difficult without studying and attending class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for housing early! Housing is quite limited in Ames and goes quickly. Also, watch out for the parking police on campus. They are rather ridiculous and LOVE giving tickets - they check each lot around every hour or so.

    In three sentences

    Welcoming. Diverse. Accepting.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The yearly VEISHA festival seems like it a blast to go to. I like that there are also a lot of things to do on and around campus, so it does not feel like you are trapped.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    I liked that there were many different options for dorm housing. Just to be able to decide what style dorm fit me best was really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering program seems to be a very challenging and rigorous course designed to set you up for real world jobs.

    In three sentences

    I love the feel of the campus. Just walking around the campus I felt like I belonged there. They seem to care a lot about what their students go on to do after college.