College Comparison: UNI vs. ISU

Zoe Frey

What will I study at the college I selected?

Going to UNI, I would be open to different options of what I will major in whether it be something in the medical field, teaching, or counseling of some sort. If I attend ISU, I would be going to major in Family and Consumer Sciences to teach FCS at a high school and middle school level. Both schools have programs I am interested in.

Location of college

UNI is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa which is 67 miles away from Osage. ISU is located in Ames, Iowa which is 118 miles from home.

Size of college

UNI:

Undergraduate student population: 10,380 students

Average class size: 32 students

Number of acres and buildings: 900 acres and 67 buildings


ISU:

Undergraduate student population: 25,553 students

Average class size: 33 students

Number of acres and buildings: 490 acres, 140 buildings

Required admission

UNI:

Average ACT: 20-26

Average SAT 500-900

ISU:

Average ACT: 22-28

Average SAT: 990-1300


Neither schools require a SAT, compass, or accuplacer test, but do require an RAI score of 245 to get into either school, which your ACT score goes into.

GPA

UNI:

Average-3.0-3.75

ISU:

Average-3.25-3.75

Both schools allow any GPA to add up in your RAI score.

Class Requirements

UNI:

Foreign Language: 2 years of 1 language in high school or 1 year in college

Math: 3 years of algebra, geometry, and algebra 2

Science: 3 years of general science, bio, chemistry, Earth science, and/or physics; recommend lab experience

Social Studies: 3 years of anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and/or sociology

English: 4 years including 1 year of comp, speech, communications, and/or journalism


ISU:

Foreign Language: 2 years of 1 language or 1 year in college

Math: 3 years of algebra, geometry, or algebra 2

Science: 3 years of general science, bio, chemistry, Earth science, and/or physics with lab experience

Social Studies: 3 years of anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and/or sociology

English: 4 years including 1 year of composition, speech, communications, and/or journalism

College visit

UNI has 90+ majors, lots of hands-on research, and help you get involved with different kinds of "explorations". Visits I could go on that are coming up is June 10, July 8, and August 6 open house visits that I have been looking at.


Iowa state has over 50 different clubs you can join and entrepreneurships you can get involved with. June 15-19 are all days available to go on a visit there.

Cost

UNI:

Tuition: $7,750

Housing: $8,046

Books: $900


ISU:

Tuition: $7,731

Housing: $7,830

Books: $1,043

How will i pay for college?

At UNI, i could receive the Ben and Pat Allen Scholarship for $4,000 by having a 2.5 GPA and being an Iowa resident. At ISU, I could receive the Allen EA Brightwell Family Scholarship by having a 2.5 GPA and entering an education program. Both colleges have a financial aid priority deadline for January 1st of each year. FAFSA is Free Application for Federal Student Aid which assists you while paying for college. Looking at IHAPI, a scholarship I found that could benefit me is the 'I Don't Want to Pay for College' scholarship which can be given to an Iowa resident going into their freshman year of college.

What are 3 things I like about each school?

At UNI, they have over 250 organizations you can join, it's close but also far from home, and there are several student job opportunities. At ISU, I think they have a stunning campus, I know lots of people that have gone there and loved it and will get to meet hundreds of new people, and I like how it's right by Des Moines where there's so many different things to do.