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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
  • 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Hannah Schmidt
  • Nov-28-2017 I am a current student here

    The dining centers on campus are remarkable, with a lot of options to choose from. The campus is quite spread out, but that is not a problem because Iowa State has dining centers spread all throughout campus. The food is tremendous, and there is always a variety to choose from whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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  • 3
  • Lauren from Maple Grove, MN
  • Oct-16-2017 I am a current student here

    The dining centers have decent food and pretty standard hours. Some of my friends get the unlimited swipe meal plan so they can take breaks there and get snacks.

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  • 5
  • Jannic from Ames, IA
  • Feb-26-2017 I am a current student here

    The EGGS and PANCAKES are amazing! We even have waffle makers here! You can order SubWay like sandwhiches here and they are sooooo good! Also, with these sandwhiches, I am eating more healthier! They provide salad and everything that goes in it if you like that. If you like carbs, we have, pizza, pasta, spaghetti and breadsticks to go with it! The food here is fresh and it is delicious!

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  • 4
  • Kendall from Egg Harbor, WI
  • Jan-09-2017 I am a current student here

    They will be adding new dining options that I am looking forward to. In the mean time they could work on their variety.

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  • 4
  • J from Saint Paul, MN
  • Dec-29-2016 I am a current student here

    The food here tastes pretty good! There are always several things to choose from when you get to a dinning center. Salad bars and pizza/ pasta are always available in addition to the entre they serve each day. My only complaint about the food is it tends to be repetitive. They serve enchiladas and hamburgers quite often.

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  • 5
  • Susan from Whitehall, WI
  • Nov-22-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food is amazing and such a wide variety. When i did my tour i got a case of just how wonderful it was.

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  • 5
  • Renee - Moscow, IA
  • Nov-17-2016 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Has many choices for everyone and has plenty of seating! Beautiful.

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  • 5
  • from Iowa Falls, IA
  • Nov-16-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Cafeteria is good and the campuses is surrounded by a lot of restaurants.

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  • 4
  • Alice from Arlington Heights, IL
  • Nov-06-2016 I am a current student here

    It all depends on the Dining Center, some produce better food and experience than others. The Cafes on campus offer great drinks, baked goods, and sandwiches.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jannic from Ames, IA
  • Feb-26-2017 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is always do something for a cause. Like helping kids with illness or helping elderly. Join if you like that.

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  • 0
  • Kendall from Egg Harbor, WI
  • Jan-09-2017 I am a current student here

    There are more than sixty four different sororities and fraternities. This can be anything from academic to social. It does not hurt to explore this aspect of campus. You can be involved as much or as little as you would like, but a majority of the time you see people fully in love with their Greek choice. Homecoming is all about Greek wars, and it can be the most interesting experience you could have coming to university. They are still friendly to those not involved in Greek life. I am one of the outsiders, but I am still fascinated with their culture.

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  • 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
  • Ann from Des Moines, IA
  • Oct-21-2015 I am a current student here

    A lot of people participate in Greek Life but it isn't essential and you won't be left out if you don't partake in it.

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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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