Iowa State University is a public research university that was established in 1858. The school is located in Ames, Iowa – which is the 8th largest city in the state of Iowa with a population of about 61,000. As of fall 2014, ISU had a total of 34,000 student’s enrolled (27,000 undergrads). Their school motto is “Science with Practice”. Their official school colors are cardinal and gold.
Iowa State refers to their school as the most student-centered public research university in the United States because they have over 100 majors and 800 clubs. Iowa State is known for its science, agriculture and engineering degree programs – all of which are highly ranked among all U.S. universities. The school is a member of the Association of American Universities, which was established to maintain a strong educational system throughout the country – only 62 schools are part of the association.
Iowa State currently fields 16 division one sports teams in both men’s and women’s sports. The Iowa State Cyclones currently compete in the Big 12 conference, however, their biggest rival the Iowa Hawkeyes compete in the Big 10 conference. The school has not historically been strong in athletics, but the new athletic director that was hired in 2005 has changed those perceptions. The Iowa State Cyclones have now become a very competitive team in men’s basketball. The past two years they have won the conference championship and made appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The team enters the 2015 NCAA Tournament as a top 10 team and one of the favorites to win its first national championship.
Famous Iowa State Alumni
- Henry A. Wallace – former Vice President of the United States.
- George Washington Carver – American scientist and inventor.
- Cael Sanderson and Jake Varner – former wrestlers that won Olympic gold medals in the sport.
- Fred Hoiber – former NBA player and current men’s basketball coach at ISU.
- Lee Teng-hui – former president of the Republic of China.
- John Vincent Atanasoff – invented the first digital electronic computer.