My daughter got into engineering at both Iowa and ISU. ISU clearly has the more robust engineering program, but it is slightly farther away from us (we are in Oak Park/Chicago). Also, she is hispanic and Iowa City is more diverse than Ames.
Thoughts on social life for a woman in engineering between Iowa City v. Ames? Thoughts on acceptance and openness in Ames v. Iowa City?
She got scholarships from both ISU and Iowa but due to tuition pricing, ISU ends up being $5k less a year than Iowa, which after four years can be significant and we are guessing that job prospects for an engineering grad from ISU are stronger.