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Iowa State University, Ames

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Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Iowa State University or Iowa State) 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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  • while it is very expensive, this school is great!!. Dropped my baby girl off and was very afraid she wasn't going to be taken care of. Well she wasn't. It was better than that. This child, yes I said....  more »
  • The academic programs and research are better than the campus looks. One of my favorite this is the horses on campus. Laid out rather odd if you don't know your way around. Buildings could stand...  more »
  • Every fall, I am reminded as to why Iowa State University is ranked as one of the most beautiful campus in the country. All the fall foliage makes me want to keep snapping photos like an incoming freshman visiting the campus for the first time. Some of the best locations for looking at fall colors are: 1) around the campanile, 2) central campus (near Pearson Hall), and 3) along Osborn Dr. If you want to avoid getting judged by others for taking pictures, there are plenty of photo opportunities at Reiman Gardens. However, be sure to take those photos quickly as peak fall colors only lasts for about a week.
  • Just DROVE BY...Gorgous Campus...I really did not have time to use up looking for a course or two then...IOWA has the greatest nicest people I ever met...I can tell you that for certain...!!!
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