Iowa State University Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
(29 Reviews)
  • Ames (IA)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,392
96% of 29 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 29 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Patrick - 12/16/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013
"I cannot recommend Iowa State enough. As an out of state student I was embraced and welcomed within the student community and also by faculty and staff. My classes were challenging but necessary in my pursuit of an advanced degree. I am now a proud alumni and have taken advantage of the extensive alumni network of cyclone grads."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Patrick - 12/16/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013
"I cannot recommend Iowa State enough. As an out of state student I was embraced and welcomed within the student community and also by faculty and staff. My classes were challenging but necessary in my pursuit of an advanced degree. I am now a proud alumni and have taken advantage of the extensive alumni network of cyclone grads."
2.4 out of 5 stars
gradstate - 10/27/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"This university has a very beautiful campus and is known for strong programs in agriculture and business. However, it is also true that the atmosphere is designed to benefit local students over internationals. The location is remote, which makes travel quite cumbersome for international travelers. Also, international students are charged way more than locals and it is not guaranteed that your chosen program holds value for money. As an international student, be prepared to deal with racial micro-aggression and sometimes straight-out aggression, even from professors. The quality of courses are highly dependent on the quality of professors, so some courses were excellent while others were a waste of time and money. With regard to university accommodation, there are a wide range of housing options depending on how much one is willing to pay. The only trouble is towards the end of the year when you have to clear out your things out of the apartment. No provisions /facilities are given to internationals to store their furniture/personal items over the summer, while locals have the option of taking their things home. Moving facilities are scarce and very expensive. This was one of the most stressful aspects of living in Ames, at the end of the academic year when I had to make international trips back home and had no place to store my things over the summer. I solved the problem by renting my place for the entire summer, or by asking friends to store my things for me. Overall, I would not recommend this university for international students, due to expensive and cumbersome travel, remote location, racial microaggression/aggression and lack of benefits for international students in terms of your future after college. International students, DO NOT choose this university unless your program of interest has enough good ratings to be considered value for money."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Brittany Doll - 6/28/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Iowa State University has an outstanding, well-established "STEM" curriculum. Majority of my classes were in large lecture halls; however, don't be deferred. I felt like every professor I had over the course of four years cared about my achievements and overall well-being. When I was falling behind in my courses, the university offered tutoring service. The tutors were very resourceful and I could tell very knowledgeable on the subject.Additionally, my academic advisor was very helpful when it came to career-orientated discussions and financial situations. He not only listened to my concerns but spent time brainstorming potential solutions. Outside of schoolwork, Iowa State offers diverse student groups. You would see student government participants handing out apples, nature focused groups laying in hammocks, language clubs vocalizing an event to test out foreign foods, and sororities raising funds for their designated organization just walking to the library."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Jessica Hobart - 4/3/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Iowa State University is a college which has a beautiful campus, caring staff and faculty, and a financial aid department which excels in helping each student individually, making sure that each student is aware of how they can afford college and the importance of financial literacy and budgeting. Not only are these aspects phenomenal, but the Psychology department in general is a great resource for students who are interested in learning more about the mind, how the environment affects people, and about different disorders or syndromes. Each professor in the Psychology department is extremely caring and willing to meet one-on-one with students in order to better their education. They not only have office hours but the professors will work with students to create additional appointments if need be, while some professors will stay late at night to work with students who otherwise would not have time to meet with the professors. The classes are also extremely interesting and the professors know their material more than anyone else. Iowa State University has some of the best faculty you can find in the Psychology area and you can tell they are passionate about everything they teach - which really helps students learn better."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Sarah S - 1/15/2018
Degree: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"Iowa State University was a great fit for my Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. The available resources are endless. Although it does focus on livestock species, equine, and companion animal... the science is relevant to any species. The professors are so kind, caring and smart. They are all well known in the Animal Science industry and also serve as the advisors, which is great to have over professional advisor as they are able to relate directly to our studies."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Forever A Cyclone - 5/8/2017
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016
"This school was so amazing. I will never forget the positive impact it left on me. My favorite part about being a Cyclone was the community that I became a part of. I am so thankful to have this experience. The connections I made at this school will last me a life time."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Ella Frazier - 5/8/2017
Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2016
"Iowa State University offered me opportunities to grow, chances to succeed, and the proper challenges that needed to be faced in order to develop further as person. The environment that is created on Iowa State's is truly one of community. The people that you surround yourself by want you to succeed. My connections with professors in the classroom were beneficial to me and introduced me to networking and professional opportunities. For me, the experiences outside of the classroom provided me with the most satisfaction. The opportunities to become involved are endless on campus, and these are the places where students grow the most. I was introduced to wonderful mentors. These mentors were my support system throughout my college years. I loved my time at Iowa State, I only wish that I could have had more of it. I am truly thankful to forever be a Cyclone!"
3.7 out of 5 stars
Emily Gerst - 5/1/2017
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2016
"I really loved Iowa State University and all that it had to offer. The community and campus is awesome and I definitely grew as a person while I attended school at ISU. I pursued Kinesiology with the intention of going to a Physician Assistant school. They offered many different types of science classes and lab experiences that furthered my education and ability to work in the healthcare setting."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Nic - 3/20/2017
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2008
"I had an excellent experience at Iowa state. the education I received was both challenging and applicable to my career. The instructors were both well informed and approachable. In addition, they were well practiced professionals. This really helped prepare me for the rigors of the profession. The university experience was also good for me. I never felt that Iowa State was too big for me, as a student. The University did a good job of break down the Student body into small groups in the dorms as well as in your classwork so as not to make you feel one of a mass of students. The opportunities to participate and volunteer on campus also helped me to learn many life skills that I have used both in my personal life and professional career. I think ISU was the perfect fit for me."