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Iowa State University Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

44% Women
56% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Twelve Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


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


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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

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

Safety Statistics

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

Notable Alumni

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

  • Jan-15-2012 Read More
  • Emily from Maplewood, MN
  • 4
  • If you get a good roommate and keep your door open, you will be fine. There are a lot of floor and building activities to get to know the…

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

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

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

  • Sep-20-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Katherine from West Des Moines, IA
  • Jan-09-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is good here. It is not a grand restaurant but it is definitely good food and healthy. You can make whatever choices you like. If you want to have a salad everyday, you can do that. If you want to eat pizza everyday, you can make that happen as well. There are about 20 places to eat on campus so there is definitely some variety.

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  • 3
  • Tyler from Ames, IA
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    The dining halls have a huge number of options for you to eat everyday, but the special diet options are limited.

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  • 3
  • Amra from Des Moines, IA
  • Jan-01-2015 I am a current student here

    They really try to make the food good, which is nice but at the end of the day you still get sick of it. The cafes on campus are awesome!

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  • 5
  • Ron
  • Dec-31-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is great. At the Union Drive Marketplace, you'll see an assortment of foods in the style of a buffet. It's never easy to make just one option, you'll probably want to try them all. If you prefer not to just dine on one constant place on campus, there are the other dining centers and even more cafe`s. All you need are some meal bundles and perhaps a few Dining Dollars and you will be on your merry way.

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  • 4
  • Luke from Minneapolis, MN
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    There are four different locations serving four different meals. Each location has its ups and downs. They are all good.

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  • 4
  • Anna from Cedar Falls, IA
  • Dec-25-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a ton of dining options on campus. There are three on campus dining centers: Union Drive Marketplace, Seasons, and Conversations. There is also the Storms Dining Center off campus at the Towers residence halls. These all use meal plans. There are also a multitude of cafes and two convenience stores that you can visit to grab a quick bite to eat. Also, there's food at the Memorial Union including popular chains such as Panda Express and Subway. At almost any hour of the day you can find something to eat somewhere, so you'll never go hungry.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Nov-14-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining halls are typically clean and serve good food. The hours can be inconvenient.

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  • 5
  • Heather
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    ISU offers all-you-can-eat dining centers, to-go meals, meal bundles, and has a variety of stores if you are simply looking for a snack. There are lots of options depending on how hungry you are, which is great to take advantage of! On-campus food venues offer a wide variety of choices: healthy, vegan, gluten-free, etc and are more than willing to work with allergies and accommodate your needs as necessary!

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  • 4
  • Stephanie from Independence, IA
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Iowa State has many different options when it comes to food and dining. There are cafes, dining centers, and many other 'grab and go' areas around campus. Going hungry is definitely not a concern of mine.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anna from Cedar Falls, IA
  • Dec-25-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many chapters of sororities of fraternities and they have a variety of activities they are involved with throughout the year, including Yell like Hell and Greek Week.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Nov-14-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm not involved in Greek life but there seems to be a bad stigma with it.

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  • 0
  • Stephanie from Independence, IA
  • Nov-06-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life at ISU is vibrant and strong. The Greek Community averages a higher GPA and on-campus involvement than those outside of the community. Greek Week and Homecoming are huge events that showcase the talents and personalities of the Greek Community.

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  • 0
  • Em
  • Oct-20-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The Greek Life is not my cup of tea, but it seems like a very good opportunity for those who want to try it.

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  • 0
  • Christina from Cary, IL
  • Apr-29-2014 I am a current student here

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

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

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

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

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

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