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

  • No. 2 Top 10 Cities for Working Parents (SmartAsset, 2020)
  • No. 6 Best U.S. Cities to Live in After the Pandemic (Business Insider, 2020)
  • No. 14 Top 100 Places to Live (Livability, 2020)
  • One of the 13 Best Places to Visit in Iowa (Trips to Discover, 2020)
  • Ames is officially designated as a Bird Friendly Community (2020). Read more here
  • No. 6 AG Top 25: The Most Affordable College Towns for Renters (, 2019)
  • No. 9 Top 10 Best U.S. States for Education (US News, 2019)
  • No. 14 Overall Best States Rankings (US News, 2019)
  • No. 7 Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities in 2019 (SmartAsset, 2019)
  • No. 4 Best Places for Millennials to Move (, 2019)
  • No. 1 10 Best States in America for Jobs (Zippia, 2019)

(via City of Ames website)