Life at Iowa State

Iowa State University has a fun, diverse campus atmosphere. From Big 12 athletics, active student organizations, and comfy dorms, you’ll love being at Iowa State!

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Iowa State University rankings

  • Money Magazine named Iowa State the best college value in the state
  • In its annual “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issue, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa State programs in agricultural engineering, aerospace engineering and materials engineering among the country’s top 25
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges as a Best Buy school for the 2017 edition
  • Military Times’ 2016 list of Best for Vets schools
  • Top 10 Military Friendly Schools

(via Iowa State University website)

Ames rankings

  • Ranked No. 8 for Career Opportunities (Smart Asset, 2016)
  • U.S. City with the Lowest Unemployment Rate (Forbes, 2016)
  • Named the third Healthiest City in the United States (24/7 Wall St., 2016)
  • Ranked No. 4 Best Small City to Make a Living (MoneyGeek, 2016)
  • Ranked No. 35 in Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016 (
  • Ranked No. 3 on 2015 Best-Performing Small Cities: Where America’s Jobs are Created and Sustained list (Milken Institute, 2015)
  • Ranked No. 8 in Best  Cities in America to Get a Job in 2015 (Business Insider)
  • Named one of the 15 Cities That Have Done the Best Since the Recession (Bloomberg, 2015)
  • Ranked in the top 25 nationally for Best Places for STEM Grads (Nerdwallet, 2015)
  • Ranked No. 8 in Best Towns for Millennials in America (Niche Rankings, 2015)
  • Ranked No. 10 among small cities overall out of 421 MSAs for Best Cities for Job Growth (NewGeography, 2015)

(via City of Ames website)