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Iowa State University Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

44% Women
56% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Twelve Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


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


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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

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

Safety Statistics

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

Notable Alumni

  • George Washington Carver [Class of 1894], African-American scholar, famous botanist
  • Jamaal Tinsley (Class of '01), NBA point guard
  • John Atanasoff [Class of 1926], Invented the first computer
  • Carrie Chapman Catt [Class of 1880], Suffragist and peace advocate
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Emily from Maplewood, MN
  • 4
  • If you get a good roommate and keep your door open, you will be fine. There are a lot of floor and building activities to get to know the…

  • Mar-31-2012 Read More
  • 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
  • Student from Saint Louis,MO
  • 4
  • Dorms are pretty typical. Iowa State is a large campus with lots of housing,they are building a new dorm that should be done by 2017. You can go for traditional…

  • Jun-10-2015 Read More
  • Annie W
  • 4
  • Some dorms are much better than others - which is why you should apply early so you have a better chance of getting into the better ones. Overall, my time…

  • May-18-2015 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • joseph from winona, mn
  • May-26-2016 I am a current student here

    plenty of locations and options with good food. granted i'm not a picky eater but i'm pretty sure anyone could find something they like on a daily basis. meal plans come with meals and dining dollars. the meals can be used either at an all you can eat dining center or you can get meal bundles (1 entree, 3 sides, 1 drink) to go at various other locations. dining dollars can be used to buy a meal or other food or items at markets and cafes around campus. if you have extra meals at the end of the semester, fruits at state gym is a nice place to use them by getting smoothies or protein shakes or go mega bundling and stock up on food for the break. otherwise, there are food carts and trucks around campus at lunch time or pizza fundraisers (at a reasonable price) by various clubs or restaurants around campus.

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  • 3
  • Nyahon from Waukee, IA
  • Dec-30-2015 I am a current student here

    The dining halls kind of just repeat the same old options all the time so its not that great so sometimes you just need to go out and eat somewhere else.

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  • 5
  • Ann from Des Moines, IA
  • Oct-21-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I stayed and ate at the Union Drive dining hall. The food is amazing! They provide delicious food, but at the same time also provide really healthy options and practical food portions.

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  • 5
  • Annie W
  • May-18-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The dining halls here are great, with a diverse selection of foods. There are a bunch of restaurants and cafes around too.

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  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • joseph from winona, mn
  • May-26-2016 I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • Student from Saint Louis,MO
  • Jun-10-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

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

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  • 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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