Iowa State has been named the best university in Iowa for students interested in military service, according to the organization Online College Database. The ranking is based on the quality of ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) units, the cost of tuition and veterans support resources on campus.
Iowa State's three ROTC programs enroll more than 300 male and female cadets, many of whom will become commissioned officers upon graduation. Military Science (Army) earned a MacArthur Award this year, signifying it as one of the top eight Army ROTC programs in the nation. Naval Science is Iowa's only Navy/Marines ROTC battalion. And Air Force Aerospace Studies is the state's largest Air Force ROTC detachment.
ROTC is housed in ISU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and cadets come from almost every major on campus.
Iowa State's Veterans Center serves the needs of ISU's military veterans, active duty personnel and their families. The Veterans Center offers many services and provides support and advocacy to help with the unique challenges associated with transitioning from a military to a university setting. Every Thursday, during the fall and spring semesters, the Veterans Center hosts a dinner for student Veterans, military personnel, and family members.
"We are extremely proud of Iowa State University's students, faculty, staff and alumni who are veterans of military service or who are currently on active duty. They represent the best of Iowa State and our land-grant mission of service to the broader society. We are also proud to be serving more students with veteran's benefits than at any time since the post-Vietnam era."
-- ISU President Steven Leath