Student Life

Students. Faculty. Staff. Collaborators.

Department? Family.

We are over 300 people strong but you would never know it. 

Learning Communities

Your first hands-on experience will happen before classes even start. The incoming freshman class tours a farm, business or natural area to learn what agronomy is all about. More importantly it gives new students a chance to meet other students they'll see in class on Monday. For more information contact Dr. Mary Wiedenhoeft.

"Meeting people is a big plus before classes. It made the first day of classes easier."


Study Abroad

Go global! Agriculture has. You are encouraged and supported to study abroad to expand your perspective through the University-wide program and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences study abroad program

A group of Iowa State students join people from Ghana walking to the waters edge

"The perspectives and learning opportunities of different cultures, geographies and economic backgrounds are irreplaceable."


Judging Teams

Crops and Soils teams give students a chance to experience a topic in-depth while working on a team. Contact Amber Anderson for information about Soils Team and Mindy Devries-Gelder about Crops Team. 

The 2017 soils team at competition in Kansas City


Agronomy Club

The Agronomy Club fosters leadership and teamwork for undergratuates as well as providing an opportunity to interact with faculty. The club hosts an "Experience Agronomy" event, teaching middle schoolers about the science behind the industry.

"Agronomy Club has given me the opportunity to listen to professionals speak about different careers along with new topics and technologies."


Graduate Student Club

The Agronomy Graduate Student Club provides professional development opportunities for Masters and Ph.D. students, as well as offering a network of others who understand the unique life of a graduate student.


Soil and Water Conservation Club

An official chapter of the national organization, the Iowa State Soil and Water Conservation Club provides students with leadership and communication experience through school presentations and the production of their annual publication that goes to Iowa high school science and vocational agriculture teachers.

ISU Good Earth Student Farm

Since the organization's conception in the fall of 1996, students have managed all aspects of the two acre farm. Throughout the years the Student Organic Farm has used many different models, but it is currently set up as a working CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).