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Iowa State University Overview

Iowa State University is a public institution located in Ames, Iowa. The location of Iowa State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Iowa State University Known For?

7,380 Undergraduate Awards
$28,935 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Iowa State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Iowa State.
  • In 2017-2018, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Iowa State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,700 a year. That's about 24% more than their peers at other schools.

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Iowa State University Rankings

Iowa State landed the #157 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Iowa State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Iowa ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Iowa State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#37 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#222 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Iowa State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Agricultural Mechanization Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Plant Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Iowa State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Animal Science College Factual
#12 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#12 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#51 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is Iowa State University?

Location of Iowa State University

Contact details for Iowa State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2103
Phone: 515-294-4111
Website: www.iastate.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IowaStateU
Twitter: http://twitter.com/IowaStateU

How Do I Get Into Iowa State?

You can apply to Iowa State online at: www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Iowa State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Iowa State?

89% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
Since Iowa State has an acceptance rate of 89%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 53% of accepted students are men and 47% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Iowa State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 700. Math scores were between 560 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 600 to 700 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 560 to 710 )
200
800
Iowa State received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Iowa State University  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Iowa State University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Iowa State University?

$28,935 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa State is $28,935. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Iowa State, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,431 a year. That adds up to $29,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

26,713 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 28,294 undergraduate students at Iowa State, with 26,713 being full-time and 1,581 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Iowa State

There are also 5,078 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 26,713 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, 57% are male and 43% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Iowa State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Iowa State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Iowa State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 968
Black or African American 651
Hispanic or Latino 1,670
White 20,181
International Students 1,403
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,840

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Iowa State University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 120 countries are represented at Iowa State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Malaysia.

Online Learning at Iowa State University

1,374 Took All Classes Online
7,589 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 17 master’s degree programs available online at Iowa State. In 2017-2018, 7,589 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Iowa State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Iowa State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Iowa State University was -1.0%. This is the #2,272 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Iowa State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Iowa State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 1%
Civil Engineering 4%
Computer & Information Sciences 53%
Computer Engineering 8%
Curriculum & Instruction 71%
Education 14%
Electrical Engineering 21%
Engineering 4%
Engineering Technologies 2%
Environmental Control Technology 40%
General Family & Consumer Sciences 7%
Health Professions 1%
Industrial Engineering 12%
Information Technology 8%
Quality Control Technology 64%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 30%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Iowa State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Iowa State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Human Computer Interaction #4
Biotechnology #4
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services #5
Textile & Apparel Studies #7
Statistics #14
General Family & Consumer Sciences #17
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #20
Agricultural Economics & Business #21
Quality Control Technology #21
Industrial Engineering #25
Systems Engineering #26
Computer Engineering #29
Civil Engineering #34
Electrical Engineering #43
Engineering-Related Fields #49
Hospitality Management #54
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #54
Mathematics & Statistics #56
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #58
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #111
Engineering #112
Engineering Technologies #169
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #177
Teacher Education Subject Specific #197
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #219
Educational Administration #247

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 473 0 0 0 473
Business Administration & Management 351 0 1 3 355
Marketing 348 0 0 0 348
Computer Engineering 241 1 53 11 306
Computer Information Systems 214 0 86 0 300
Finance & Financial Management 269 0 14 0 283
Agricultural Economics & Business 276 0 1 0 277
Design & Applied Arts 252 0 18 0 270
Health & Physical Education 254 0 9 3 266
Animal Science 230 0 11 7 248
Civil Engineering 161 0 42 35 238
Plant Sciences 135 42 47 11 235
General Biology 188 0 43 1 232
Teacher Education Grade Specific 226 1 0 0 227
General Psychology 198 3 7 11 219
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 57 151 0 0 208
Industrial Engineering 156 0 21 6 183
Chemical Engineering 152 0 15 12 179
Accounting 174 0 0 0 174
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 151 151
Human Development & Family Studies 135 3 6 6 150
Hospitality Management 140 0 0 9 149
Public Relations & Advertising 144 0 0 0 144
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 122 0 14 8 144
Teacher Education Subject Specific 80 2 46 4 132
Electrical Engineering 132 0 0 0 132
Textile & Apparel Studies 120 1 2 7 130
Computer Science 87 0 33 8 128
Engineering-Related Fields 98 0 18 0 116
Criminal Justice & Corrections 109 3 0 0 112
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 96 0 6 5 107
Architectural Sciences & Technology 77 0 24 0 101
Agricultural Engineering 77 0 12 10 99
Natural Resources Conservation 80 0 6 6 92
Liberal Arts General Studies 85 0 0 0 85
Construction Engineering 83 0 0 0 83
Engineering Mechanics 0 1 42 40 83
General English Literature 73 0 5 0 78
Journalism 67 0 8 0 75
Educational Administration 0 18 48 8 74
Mathematics 60 1 7 6 74
Statistics 37 0 18 19 74
Communication & Media Studies 73 0 0 0 73
Chemistry 43 0 5 25 73
Information Technology 0 5 61 0 66
Genetics 46 0 4 15 65
Agricultural Mechanization 64 0 0 0 64
Public Administration 13 51 0 0 64
Political Science & Government 63 0 0 0 63
Biomedical Engineering 0 1 41 19 61
Economics 49 0 5 6 60
Materials Engineering 55 0 0 0 55
Romance Languages 55 0 0 0 55
History 52 0 2 1 55
Sociology 49 0 2 4 55
Food Science Technology 40 2 4 2 48
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 35 0 11 0 46
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 38 1 0 6 45
Urban & Regional Planning 29 0 15 0 44
General Family & Consumer Sciences 18 5 19 0 42
International Agriculture 41 0 0 0 41
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 34 0 4 3 41
Landscape Architecture 32 0 7 0 39
Human Computer Interaction 0 2 30 5 37
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 10 24 0 34
Geological & Earth Sciences 21 0 6 3 30
Forestry 29 0 0 0 29
Nutrition Science 24 0 4 0 28
Physics 14 0 2 11 27
Writing Studies 10 0 11 4 25
Anthropology 20 0 3 0 23
Business/Managerial Economics 21 0 0 0 21
International Business 21 0 0 0 21
Curriculum & Instruction 0 5 14 2 21
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 13 0 3 4 20
General Education 0 0 7 9 16
Area Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Entrepreneurial Studies 15 0 0 0 15
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 14 0 0 0 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 14 0 0 0 14
Agricultural Production 0 0 8 5 13
Systems Engineering 0 4 9 0 13
Geography & Cartography 0 13 0 0 13
General Visual & Performing Arts 9 0 4 0 13
Allied Health Professions 12 0 0 0 12
Quality Control Technology 0 11 0 0 11
Philosophy 11 0 0 0 11
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 2 4 4 10
Music 10 0 0 0 10
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2 0 0 7 9
Soil Sciences 0 0 4 4 8
Family & Consumer Economics 8 0 0 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 4 4 8
Environmental Design 0 0 7 0 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 6 7
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 5 7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 3 4 7
Public Policy 0 0 7 0 7
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 3 3 6
Teaching English or French 0 0 6 0 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 5 5
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 5 5
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 5 0 5
Ethnic Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Religious Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Zoology 0 0 2 2 4
Biotechnology 0 0 0 3 3
Educational Assessment 0 3 0 0 3
Gerontology 0 0 2 1 3
Electromechanical Engineering 0 0 0 2 2
Wildlife Management 0 0 2 0 2
Special Education 0 1 0 0 1
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 1 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 1 1
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7,380 343 1,021 567 9,311

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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