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How To Be A Cyclone
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How To Be A Cyclone

When in Ames, live like the Cyclones do. Current and former Iowa State Cyclones live by the slogan “Loyal, Forever, True.” If you want to feel at home as part of Cyclone Nation, there are a few things you’ll want to check off your list.

Ames has been voted the Number One College Town and the 8th Best Place to Live in America. It's also been featured among "Best Small Places for Business and Careers", and "Best Places for New College Grads." Iowa State has grown in enrollment and was recently ranked number 5 in the Most Beautiful College Campuses Around the World by Buzzfeed, and for good reason! With picturesque sights like the Campanile, Beardshear Hall, and Lake Laverne, it’s no wonder students and alumni like to brag about the beauty. Whether you’re in college or not, a walk around campus will make you feel like part of Cyclone Nation.

One could call Ames the CyclONE City. From “Farmer Cy” to “Dr. Cy” and even a mirror-covered reflective Cy titled “See Yourself in Ames,” 30 life-size statues of Iowa State University’s beloved mascot are on display throughout Ames. Take a tour of these statues and take a picture with one, or all of them!

Campustown is the unique and energetic area located in the heart of Ames on the Iowa State campus.  What are the can’t-miss places in Campustown? Ask any true Iowa State student, they will tell you a cheesy slice from Jeff’s Pizza is a must. Ask any true alumni and they will tell you a drink from Welch Ave. Station is what makes a trip worth it (they finally accept credit cards!). The area is ever evolving and improving while keeping the historic charm well known to Cyclones.

Iowa State’s fan base is one of the most loyal in the country. If you are attending an event at Iowa State, make sure to outfit yourself in cardinal and gold. There are options aplenty in the heart of Campustown that have all your needs. Barefoot Campus Outfitters, Campustown Spirit, Dogtown University and the Iowa State University Bookstore have clothing, hats, novelty gifts and anything else for current and future Cyclone fans.

Cardinal and Gold. Cyclone Power. Hilton Magic. Lancelot and Elaine. Brush up on your Iowa State vocabulary, make a list of CYtes to see and take a road trip to Ames! For a full list of things to DO, STAY, EAT, and SHOP visit

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