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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?

28,743 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,140 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%.
  • The highest degree offered at Iowa State is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

Iowa State University Rankings

College Factual ranked Iowa State as #213 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, it is ranked at #4.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Iowa State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Iowa State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 34
Best Colleges for International Students 84
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 88
Best Colleges for the Money 102
Best Colleges 213
Best Colleges for Diversity 768

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?

$15,140 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa State is $15,140. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Iowa State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,801 $10,419 $13,908 $16,898 $18,486

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

28,743 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,571 undergraduate students at Iowa State, with 28,743 being full-time and 1,828 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,587 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,743 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 909
Black or African American 744
Hispanic or Latino 1,535
White 21,295
International Students 1,986
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,274

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Iowa State University awarded 14,760 undergraduate degrees and 3,176 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 174 0 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 122 14 8
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 276 1 0
Agricultural Engineering 0 77 12 10
Agricultural Mechanization 0 64 0 0
Agricultural Production 0 0 8 5
Allied Health Professions 0 12 0 0
Animal Science 0 230 11 7
Anthropology 0 20 3 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 4 4
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 77 24 0
Area Studies 0 16 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 1
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 13 3 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 38 0 6
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 2 0 7
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 41 19
Biotechnology 0 0 0 3
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 3 3
Business Administration & Management 0 351 1 3
Business/Managerial Economics 0 21 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 6
Chemical Engineering 0 152 15 12
Chemistry 0 43 5 25
Civil Engineering 0 161 42 35
Communication & Media Studies 0 73 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 241 53 11
Computer Information Systems 0 214 86 0
Computer Science 0 87 33 8
Construction Engineering 0 83 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 109 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 14 2
Design & Applied Arts 0 252 18 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 57 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 96 6 5
Economics 0 49 5 6
Educational Administration 0 0 48 8
Electrical Engineering 0 132 0 0
Electromechanical Engineering 0 0 0 2
Engineering Mechanics 0 0 42 40
Engineering-Related Fields 0 98 18 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 15 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 5 0
Environmental Design 0 0 7 0
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 8 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 269 14 0
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 1 0
Food Science Technology 0 40 4 2
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 3 4
Forestry 0 29 0 0
General Biology 0 188 43 1
General Education 0 0 7 9
General English Literature 0 73 5 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 18 19 0
General Psychology 0 198 7 11
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 9 4 0
Genetics 0 46 4 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 21 6 3
Gerontology 0 0 2 1
Health & Physical Education 0 254 9 3
History 0 52 2 1
Hospitality Management 0 140 0 9
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 30 5
Human Development & Family Studies 0 135 6 6
Industrial Engineering 0 156 21 6
Information Technology 0 0 61 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 5
International Agriculture 0 41 0 0
International Business 0 21 0 0
Journalism 0 67 8 0
Landscape Architecture 0 32 7 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 85 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 14 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 24 0
Marketing 0 348 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 55 0 0
Mathematics 0 60 7 6
Mechanical Engineering 0 473 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 14 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 34 4 3
Music 0 10 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 80 6 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 5
Nutrition Science 0 24 4 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 35 11 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 5
Philosophy 0 11 0 0
Physics 0 14 2 11
Plant Sciences 0 135 47 11
Political Science & Government 0 63 0 0
Public Administration 0 13 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 7 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 144 0 0
Religious Studies 0 5 0 0
Romance Languages 0 55 0 0
Sociology 0 49 2 4
Soil Sciences 0 0 4 4
Statistics 0 37 18 19
Systems Engineering 0 0 9 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 226 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 80 46 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 6 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 120 2 7
Urban & Regional Planning 0 29 15 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 4 4
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 151
Wildlife Management 0 0 2 0
Writing Studies 0 10 11 4
Zoology 0 0 2 2
Total 0 14,760 2,042 1,134

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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