- Class: Junior
- Major: Engineering
- Gender: M
- High School: Brookfield East High School
- Transfer Student: N
Iowa State is a large research school with a small-college feel. There are many things to be involved in that will provide you with your "niche." The school is rather large, and it's easy to be cynical about the school's bureaucracy, but they take care of business. I spend much of my time in campus and in the academic buildings. I live on campus, so I spend a lot of time in the residence halls. Many people study in the library. There is quite a bit of Iowa State pride in the athletic program, but if you aren't into athletics, there isn't a whole lot else to be excited about.
Many professors know my names. I am impressed with the faculty at Iowa State. I feel that they are approachable, helpful, and I haven't really had any bad experiences. I think that on the whole, Iowa State students are less intellectual than students at other universities. Iowa State knowledge is very applicable to the working world. Many students are offered jobs upon graduating.
The school is in the middle of Iowa, so there isn't a terrible amount of diversity built into school life. However, Iowa State does a good job of promoting diversity and acceptance. However, I think that not all the students are entirely open-minded to the diversity the University attempts to claim the students / campus have. Many students are middle-class students, and there are a lot of first-generation students. But many disciplines are focused on the practical aspects of the working world, so a lot of emphasis is placed on what students do upon graduation.
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