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Iowa State University, Ames

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Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Iowa State University, Iowa State, or ISU) is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. Iowa State is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation's first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.
Iowa State's academic offerings are administered through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 doctoral degree programs, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.
Iowa State University's athletic teams, the Cyclones, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are a founding member of the Big 12. The Cyclones field 16 varsity teams and have won numerous NCAA national championships.
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  • We enjoyed our tour of the campus. Staff and students were friendly and helpful. Tried lunch at Seasons. Pretty good. 
    We enjoyed our tour of the campus. Staff and students were friendly and helpful. Tried lunch at Seasons. Pretty good.  more »
  • It's what you'd expect from a nice State University - the grounds are well kept, there are some nice looking buildings, and amenities/transportation can all be taken care of on campus. There's a... 
    It's what you'd expect from a nice State University - the grounds are well kept, there are some nice looking buildings, and amenities/transportation can all be taken care of on campus. There's a...  more »
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  • I had a wonderful adventure during my undergrad as a Civil Engineering student. I graduated in 2015 and feel that the CCEE department did a great job of preparing students for the work force. Although, I thought many of the general education engineering classes were too large. An added plus was the beautiful campus, along with how easy it is to walk around.
  • I cannot say how much that I love Iowa State University. The professors have all been incredible and are extremely smart, compassionate people. There are so many opportunities for students to pursue their dreams both academically and any hobbies that they have. The campus is also extremely beautiful and is rated one of the top 10 in the world.

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