Directions to Ames

Important Announcements
Important Announcements

Campus Visit Programming

Virtual Visits

Out of an abundance of caution and to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and campus, Iowa State University has made a few changes to our campus visit experiences due to the continuous spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to offer virtual visits with options ranging from daily virtual visits, transfer virtual visits, and specially designed programming for admitted students.

We will also be offering special interest sessions and virtual student-led campus tours. Check out our virtual visits page for more information. Schedule a Virtual Visit



On-Campus Visits

Our on campus visit options are very limited, and all guests will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. In order to accommodate as many guests as possible, we are limiting each guest to only bringing one visitor with them on their visit. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, and visitors. Schedule an On-Campus Visit


U.S. map showing Ames The following maps of Ames and the surrounding areas are available:

By Car

Ames is centrally located in the Midwest and well-served by ground transportation. North-south Interstate 35 passes through Ames and intersects east-west Interstate 80 just 25 miles south of Ames. Minneapolis is only 218 miles north, Chicago 322 miles east, and Omaha 168 miles west.

By Plane

Des Moines International Airport to Ames Many commercial and commuter airlines serve the Des Moines International Airport. Private planes use the Ames Municipal Airport. Car rental is also available at the Des Moines airport.

Directions to campus

Once you reach Ames, follow these directions to get to campus.

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