Fall 2014: By the numbers



Students living in department of residence housing this fall.



New tenured or tenure-track faculty who are joining Iowa State this fall.


6.6 million

Rides provided by CyRide last year. More buses will join the fleet this fall.


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.


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