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Iowa State University Overview

Iowa State University is a public institution situated 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?

6,998 Undergraduate Awards
$28,315 Avg Cost After Aid
88% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Iowa State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Iowa State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Iowa State with a bachelor's degree make about $57,351 a year. That's 41% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Iowa State University Rankings

We have ranked Iowa State as #127 out of 2,018 colleges and universities in the country in our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #4 out of 36 schools in Iowa.

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
#74 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best 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 General Family & Consumer Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agricultural Mechanization Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Plant Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Textile & Apparel Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Agriculture Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Psychology Bachelor’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
#4 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Schools College Factual
#11 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Schools College Factual
#13 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#27 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools College Factual
#47 Best Education Schools College Factual
#124 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Iowa State University?

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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 considered but not 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?

88% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores
Since Iowa State has an acceptance rate of 88%, 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 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 17% 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 480 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 480 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 530 to 680 )
200
800
Iowa State received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

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

Can I Afford Iowa State University?

$28,315 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa State is $28,315. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Iowa State, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,003 a year. That adds up to $32,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 2.4%. 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

25,271 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,843 undergraduate students at Iowa State, with 25,271 being full-time and 1,572 being part-time.

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There are also 4,979 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 25,271 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, 56% are male and 44% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 981
Black or African American 640
Hispanic or Latino 1,631
White 19,454
International Students 952
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,613

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

4,289 Took All Classes Online
28,334 Took At Least One Class Online
53.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 28,334 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 20th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Iowa State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Iowa State University was $9,316 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $24,504. The following table shows how Iowa State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Statistics #1 #1
Agricultural Economics & Business #1 #4
Human Computer Interaction #1 #1
Plant Sciences #4 #1
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #4 #7
General Family & Consumer Sciences #4 #7
Systems Engineering #7 #7
Information Technology #10 #42
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #13 #38
Civil Engineering #13 #16
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #13 #10
Electrical Engineering #16 #13
Industrial Engineering #19 #16
Teaching English or French #22 #37
Mathematics & Statistics #22 #25
Computer Engineering #22 #22
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #22 #34
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #25 #34
Teacher Education Subject Specific #31 #64
Engineering-Related Fields #31 #43
Engineering Technologies #46 #64
Engineering #49 #66
Computer & Information Sciences #52 #98
Education #73 #147

Online Growth Rankings of Iowa State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Iowa State University was 53.8%. This is the #633 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
Human Computer Interaction 21%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 20%

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
Engineering Mechanics #1
Human Computer Interaction #1
Agricultural Economics & Business #4
Food Science Technology #4
Plant Sciences #4
General Family & Consumer Sciences #4
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #7
Industrial Engineering #7
Systems Engineering #10
Quality Control Technology #10
Civil Engineering #13
Electrical Engineering #13
Computer Engineering #19
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #28
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #36
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #44
Human Development & Family Studies #46
Engineering #52
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #57
Curriculum & Instruction #69
Engineering Technologies #86
Educational Administration #106
Teacher Education Grade Specific #119
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #136
Education #340

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 451 0 0 0 451
Business Administration & Management 350 27 0 6 383
Computer Engineering 328 1 34 10 373
Computer Information Systems 188 2 93 0 283
Finance & Financial Management 258 1 23 0 282
Marketing 270 0 0 0 270
Design & Applied Arts 239 2 11 0 252
Health & Physical Education 242 0 4 5 251
Agricultural Economics & Business 236 0 1 0 237
Animal Science 210 0 7 8 225
Teacher Education Grade Specific 219 5 0 0 224
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 58 90 66 0 214
General Psychology 191 2 4 16 213
General Biology 160 0 36 2 198
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 160 0 16 5 181
Civil Engineering 126 1 34 18 179
Plant Sciences 115 6 44 7 172
Accounting 156 0 0 0 156
Industrial Engineering 117 7 20 5 149
Textile & Apparel Studies 138 2 1 4 145
Computer Science 108 0 20 14 142
Chemical Engineering 121 0 4 11 136
Public Relations & Advertising 135 0 0 0 135
Criminal Justice & Corrections 135 0 0 0 135
Teacher Education Subject Specific 93 0 30 3 126
Electrical Engineering 126 0 0 0 126
Engineering-Related Fields 99 0 19 0 118
Hospitality Management 104 0 1 3 108
Human Development & Family Studies 83 4 8 10 105
Natural Resources Conservation 95 0 2 4 101
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 86 0 2 4 92
Communication & Media Studies 92 0 0 0 92
Architectural Sciences & Technology 80 0 9 0 89
Agricultural Engineering 55 0 18 7 80
Liberal Arts General Studies 80 0 0 0 80
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 44 35 79
Mathematics 61 0 2 11 74
Statistics 39 0 19 12 70
Political Science & Government 69 0 0 0 69
General English Literature 65 0 3 0 68
Romance Languages 63 0 0 0 63
Construction Engineering 59 0 0 0 59
Journalism 49 0 7 0 56
History 50 0 6 0 56
Chemistry 37 0 2 17 56
Agricultural Mechanization 54 0 0 0 54
Genetics 41 0 1 11 53
Human Computer Interaction 0 3 44 5 52
Information Technology 0 3 47 0 50
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 35 15 50
Economics 38 0 1 11 50
Food Science Technology 42 0 5 1 48
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 19 14 15 0 48
International Agriculture 45 0 0 0 45
Educational Administration 0 4 37 2 43
Materials Engineering 42 0 0 0 42
Entrepreneurial Studies 39 0 0 0 39
Urban & Regional Planning 28 0 10 0 38
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 29 0 3 5 37
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 28 0 2 7 37
Sociology 33 0 2 2 37
Physics 22 0 5 7 34
General Family & Consumer Sciences 15 1 14 0 30
International Business 29 0 0 0 29
Nutrition Science 22 0 4 0 26
Forestry 23 0 2 1 26
Anthropology 25 0 1 0 26
Curriculum & Instruction 0 11 13 0 24
Public Administration 11 2 10 0 23
Writing Studies 7 0 14 1 22
Sustainability Science 22 0 0 0 22
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 0 6 3 21
General Education 0 1 6 12 19
General Visual & Performing Arts 14 0 5 0 19
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 18 0 0 0 18
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 10 0 6 1 17
Area Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Business/Managerial Economics 14 0 0 0 14
Allied Health Professions 13 0 0 0 13
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 13 0 0 0 13
Agricultural Production 0 0 7 5 12
Soil Sciences 0 2 7 3 12
Music 12 0 0 0 12
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 3 0 1 7 11
Family & Consumer Economics 11 0 0 0 11
Ethnic Studies 10 0 0 0 10
Computational Science 10 0 0 0 10
Geography & Cartography 0 10 0 0 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4 0 5 0 9
Philosophy 9 0 0 0 9
Systems Engineering 0 1 7 0 8
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 4 4 8
Medical Illustration & Informatics 8 0 0 0 8
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 3 4 7
Nursing 7 0 0 0 7
Zoology 0 0 3 3 6
Quality Control Technology 0 6 0 0 6
Environmental Design 0 0 5 0 5
Landscape Architecture 0 0 4 0 4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 2 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 4 4
Applied Mathematics 0 0 1 3 4
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 4 0 4
Wildlife Management 0 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Educational Assessment 0 3 0 0 3
Special Education 0 0 3 0 3
Gerontology 0 0 1 2 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 1 0 1
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
Electromechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Energy Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6,998 211 941 339 8,489

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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