Service & Maintenance Staff
Popular Places to Chill
- Central Campus
- Maple-Willow-Larch Commons
- Memorial Union
- Parks Library
Bar on Campus
The Maintenance Shop
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Maintenance Shop
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there are Free Friday Flicks in Carver and SUB (Student Union Board) Films in the Memorial Union.
ISU is committed to sustainability through many projects. The University has three LEED Certified buildings: Morrill Hall, King Pavilion, and the Biorenewables Research Laboratory.
- Campanile: The bell tower located in Central Campus
- Campustown: Strip of bars, shops, and restaurants that run along Welch Avenue, just south of campus and Friley Hall
- C-Stores: Short for convenience stores, the C-Stores are located in the commons areas of the major dorm complexes on campus: Willow-Larch, Friley, and Towers.
- The Daily: Short for the Iowa State Daily, which is the campus newspaper
- Dining Dollars: Dining Dollars are often included with a meal plan (if you get one), but they can also be purchased separately. Dining Dollars are accessible on your ISU card and work just like cash on campus.
- Drunk Bus: Also known as the Moonlight Express, this bus offers a safe and free ride home (or to other parties) on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. when ISU classes are in session.
- Free Speech Zone: A place on campus designated for students to freely speak their minds on whatever issues they feel are important. It is located right out in front of the Hub and Parks Library.
- The Hub: Originally built to fulfill the University's need for a bookstore, post office, and waiting room for the Ames and College Railway, the Hub was built in 1892. It has moved from its original location and is now located just south of Parks Library and west of Morrill Hall. The Hub now serves as a multipurpose building for students to utilize.
- Learning Communities: Small groups of students who have similar areas of study. Usually, they have anywhere from one to three classes together and may live in the same residence hall.
- Library 160: A class that all students at Iowa State are required to take, the purpose of this class is to show students where to find everything and how to use the library.
- M-Shop: Short for the Maintenance Shop, which is located in the Memorial Union
- MU: The common abbreviation for the Memorial Union
- Towers: Towers is the common collective term for the dorms Wallace and Wilson, located on the far south end of campus, just behind Campustown
- VEISHEA: VEISHEA is an acronym for the seven colleges that were part of Iowa State University in 1922: veterinary medicine, engineering, industrial science, home economics, and agriculture.
- Campaniling: Campaniling is an ISU tradition. A student is not an official Iowa Stater until he or she is kissed under the Campanile at midnight.
- Homecoming: Beginning in 1914, ISU alumni began returning to Iowa State for Homecoming. The celebration has grown since then and now includes such traditions as "Yell Like Hell," tailgate parties, fireworks, lawn displays, and mass campaniling.
- Lake LaVerne: If you walk around Lake LaVerne three times with your beloved, it is believed that you are destined to be together.
- Allegedly, all of the tuition dollars go to cover the dome on Beardshear Hall, which is dollar-bill green.
- If you step on the zodiac in Memorial Union, people say you'll fail a test!
Favorite Things To Do
The Memorial Union (MU) is full of amenities. There's a food court with popular restaurants. There is also a nightclub called the Maintenance Shop, or the M-Shop, which serves alcohol, coffee, and hosts live entertainment.
Student Activities Offered
- Campus ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International student organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theater
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes