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Student Life


Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center offers academic tutoring, supplemental instruction, and more resources to help students succeed in their classes.
Writing and Media Center
You can have your essays and papers reviewed by the Writing and Media Center.



Student Accessibility Services
SAS is a resource for students who may need accomodations for physical or learning disabilities.
The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success develops academic and personal success, community, and leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.
International Students and Scholars Office
ISSO provides resources for international students related to immigration issues, transition issues, and also offer social activities.



Student Wellness
The Office for Student Wellness is a one-stop department for information and resources related to student wellness and we can help you get connected to campus resources that will help you be more successful at ISU. They also provide programs and opportunities that are designed to equip you with life-enhancing skills so you can thrive academically and personally at ISU and beyond.
Thielin Health Center
Thielen Student Health Center is a full-service medical clinic on camous staffed with physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nurses. Their team is available to care for the Iowa State University students’ primary health care needs.
Student Counseling Services
Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides confidential prevention, intervention, information and referral services to Iowa State students. Assistance is available for students coping with relationship problems, low self-esteem, stress, loneliness, depression, cultural differences, sexual assault recovery, childhood abuse, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, career/major, academic motivations and other concerns. Most professional services of Student Counseling Services are provided by the university at no charge to students.



Student Union Board
Student Union Board is a student run organization that coordinates events ranging from concerts and films to comedy shows and cultural showcases. These events throughout the semester are free for students.
Student Organizations
You can join one of the many student organizations while you're here at Iowa State. Organizations are available surrounding many different themes including cultural, academic, religious, or fun activities. Some more unique student orgs include the glassblowing, unicycling, and more!
The Workspace
The Workspace is an art center where students can express their creative side. They have monthly crafts, different art lessons, and pottery painting available.



Recreation Services
Rec Services has multiple fitness facilities on campus for student use. There are workout rooms, weight rooms, pools, tracks, and group fitness classes available throughout the semester.
Outdoor Recreation
A part of Rec Services, Outdoor Recreation offers local and farther away trips throughout the semester for students for a fee. The local trips can be hiking, kayaking, or canoeing at different locations throughout Iowa. The farther away trips are typically over the longer breaks and go to areas of the USA known for their natural beauty. Some trips can even be to international locations (like Costa Rica). Exchange students would just need to be sure to get their paperwork signed by ISSO before departing the USA.



In addition to our academics, ISU is known nationally for our sports. We are known as Cyclones, and you may even see our mascot Cy walking around campus on Fridays. We play in the Big 12 conference, playing against other large sports schools from states like Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Going to a Cyclone sporting event is a must-do during your time at ISU!

Fall Sports: Football, Volleyball, Soccer, some Basketball
Spring Sports: Basketball, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Baseball and Softball.

Student Tickets
All sports are free for ISU students EXCEPT football and men's basketball. This website has more information about how to access tickets or buy tickets online. Due to high demand and a lottery for season tickets for football and basketball, exchange students may find it easier to buy individual game tickets for those sports from other students selling their's online.



The city of Ames offers many activities as well that students can partake in. There are festivals on Main street throughout the year and a farmer's market on Main Street during much of the fall semester. The city itself also has shopping available (like Target, Walmart, and the North Grand Mall) and there are 2 movie theaters in town.

CyRide is a bus system that runs throughout campus and the city of Ames. CyRide is free with an ISU student ID, and they even have additional services like night busses on the weekend. CyRide is the main mode of transportation for most ISU students.