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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$28,315 Avg Cost After Aid
91% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Iowa State have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Iowa State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Iowa State with a bachelor's degree make about $60,973 a year. That's 49% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into Iowa State?

You can apply to Iowa State online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Iowa State?

91% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 91%, Iowa State is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 90%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 13% 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 540 and 650. Math scores were between 543 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 540 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 543 to 680 )
Iowa State received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 28. Math scores were between 20 and 28. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Iowa State University  ( 20 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 20 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Iowa State University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Iowa State University?

$28,315 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
0.7% 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 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,684 a year. That adds up to $30,736 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 0.7%. 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

24,461 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,808 undergraduate students at Iowa State, with 24,461 being full-time and 1,347 being part-time.


There are also 4,900 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 24,461 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, 56% are male and 44% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 963
Black or African American 622
Hispanic or Latino 1,713
White 18,905
International Students 850
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,408

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

1,108 Took All Classes Online
16,019 Took At Least One Class Online
53.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 16,019 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.


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 2020-2021.

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.

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%.


*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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