Department of residence
- 12,470 students will live in department of residence housing this fall. (That’s 1,000 more than in fall 2012 and is the largest occupancy in DOR history by 750 students.)
- 1,060 total leased beds off campus (Legacy Tower = 298; Maricopa-Walton = 762)
- 436 den spaces in use. (Dens are fully furnished and house two to four students for a total of 436 beds. Students in dens will be relocated to permanent spaces by the spring semester.)
- 100 percent of new (direct from high school) freshmen and new transfer students requesting to live in DOR housing will be accommodated.
- 227: The number of returning students the DOR will not be able to accommodate. Those who submitted housing contracts after the March 1 deadline weren’t guaranteed a spot.
- 6 new Frederiksen Court buildings will be open for fall 2014 (720 beds).
- 9.8 percent more students chose Iowa State housing in fall 2014 vs. 2013.
- 90.3 percent of freshmen who lived on campus in the fall of 2012 were still enrolled at Iowa State in fall 2013.
- Between 2005 and 2013, demand for Iowa State housing increased 42.5 percent; enrollment during the same period increased 29 percent.
Five food trucks
- Finley’s Curbside Beastro (returning) and El Mexicano (new) will be near Kildee Hall.
- Indian Delights is back, but in a new location south of Coover Hall. It had been near the Marston water tower.
- Streets of Europe is new, and will be located south of Hoover Hall. The truck will serve “Eurodogs,” fish and chips, and Italian pripatta – a fried meatball and sausage patty dipped in red sauce and served on a bun with onions, peppers and cheese.
- The Cheesesteak Factory is new and will be located between Beardshear and Carver halls.
Campus food trucks will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and accept cash and credit cards.
- 6,619,162 rides provided by CyRide buses last year (a record). That’s 725,000 more, or a 12.3 percent increase, over the previous year. Transit director Sheri Kyras said she anticipates an additional 250,000 to 300,000 rides this school year based on enrollment projections.
- 2 more buses will be added to the brown route each weekday between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- 1 more bus will be added to the green route each weekday between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- 1 more bus will be added to the blue route on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- 35 drivers were hired and trained over the summer, and hiring will continue throughout the year. Applications are being accepted now.
- CyRide purchased 8 used buses from the St. Paul, Minn., transit system and began refurbishing them over the summer. Five will be ready for the fall semester; the remaining three will be on the road in the spring semester.
Students and faculty
- 34,000-plus students are expected on campus this fall, the sixth year of record enrollment and eighth consecutive year of growth.
- 67 percent of Iowa State classes have 29 or fewer students.
- 5,600 entering students attended orientation in June to help with their transition to college life.
- 70 percent of direct-from-high school students are expected to participate in a learning community this fall.
- The mean class section size is 35 students.
- 88 percent of student credit hours are taught by faculty.
- Student/faculty ratio is approximately 19:1.
- 105 new tenured or tenure-track faculty will join Iowa State this fall.
New academic buildings
- 3 academic buildings are new to campus: The Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, which includes an indoor arena for animals; and Elings and Sukup halls, which provide classroom, office and lab space to the agricultural and biosystems engineering department.
- 100GB is the capacity of the recently upgraded ISU network. The 10-fold increase accommodates more users and bandwidth and opens doors for research opportunities.
- 100,000-plus networked devices will access the campus network daily during fall semester.
- 1:1 ratio: Every residence hall room now has a wireless access point.