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Do not go toAverageChemical Engineering
Do not go to this school unless you want to get crazy drunk and wasted at parties every single weekend and you don't care about failing classes or your grades, or you want to feel extremely isolated and have no friend network to reach out to when needed.
1st Year Male -- Class 1924
Campus Aesthetics: A, Individual Value: F
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I hated this school.Quite BrightEconomics
I hated this school. There was a lot of racial and sexual discord. I was assaulted by a male staff member at the residence halls and was treated poorly when I tried to report it. I did end up leaving one year prior to graduating over it. The people in the town seem to hate the students. The police harass students when they go off campus. I worked off campus. Walking home one evening on a weekend, I was with another female college student. She was ticketed for underaged possession of alcohol and she told the officer but she had nothing and he said he did not care, "you look prissy." I have children of my own now and I would not allow them to even consider ISU.
4th Year Female -- Class 2001
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Education Quality: F
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I am an older, non-degree seeking student whoBright
I am an older, non-degree seeking student who is attending ISU to complete prerequisites for a professional program in the health sciences. If you are one who LOVES science, mathematics, technology, and engineering, Iowa State University is an EXCELLENT choice for many reasons - affordability, aggie funding, campus aesthetic, safety, general "live and let live" attitude among (mostly) politically moderate students, etc. People have commented that there is a lack of an exciting night life or a decent social scene at ISU: dude, you're in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa. Ames is a major aggie town. You want urban culture, night life, and excitement? Apply to major urban universities like NYU, DePaul, or UCLA. Many of the students here are young and brilliant and wholly invested in their work. Wholesome and small-town friendly come to mind as adjectives to describe ISU undergrads; with that said, there are a few rotten apples in the bunch who run their mouths, talk sh*t, and are judgmental. Politically, I would say the student body is moderate to slightly right leaning, but I haven't encountered any real discrimination. Lots of openly LGBT students and Muslim students here. Great school if you really want to be challenged, study hard, and enjoy the more difficult STEM subjects. One big important thing to remember: ISU IS NOT A PARTY SCHOOL! These are small town, hardworking farm kids and bright suburban kids with German last names, some athletes, who are sharply focused on academics. For biology/life science majors, THIS SCHOOL WAS MADE WITH YOU IN MIND - check out the course offerings for biology, microbiology, etc. I can't recommend ISU enough!
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Friendliness: C+
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