I am a high school (rising) junior who is interested in urban and community planning. I have been doing a bit of research on this field and Iowa State seems to have a great reputation for it, especially in the area of small town development. I live in Virginia and know pretty much nothing about Iowa State except what I can see from its online website.
General school questions:
It is supposed to be a pretty campus, is it? What is the weather like generally during the school year? Does it have a lot of school spirit? Are the students easy going/friendly? Esp to out of state kids?
My folks have told me that in order for me to head OOS to school, I need to be able to find a way to get the total costs down in merit aid to what I would pay for in state here in Virginia. (around 18-22K a year). I looked at the website for ISU and there are a lot of scholarships available. Does their FA office "stack" scholarships to award more money? Are they generous for OOS students? Right now my GPA is 4.5 and I am ranked 6th out of 350 +/- students with a rigorous (AP/Honors) curriculum. I have yet to take any SATs or ACTs so that will decide a great deal of course.
If you have any thoughts, I would love to read about them. Ames, Iowa is a looooong way from Virginia, but that is kind of exciting to me! Thanks everyone!