About Iowa State University (ISU)
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Iowa State University is a public university functioning as a member of the Association of American Universities and is located at Ames, Iowa. The university was founded in the year 1858 and was initially named as the Iowa Agriculture College and Model Farm.
The institution was granted the university status in 1959 and renamed to Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The university owns many prestigious patents such as the invention of the first Binary Computer, Maytag Blue Cheese, and the Round Hay Baler.
The combination of rich history, scenic campus, being a part of Abraham Lincoln’s land-grant experiment and the Cyclone experiment which is aimed at creating an inventive and progressive spirit is what makes the university unique. The retention rate of the ISU is 88% for full-time students and 79% for part-time students.
The graduation rate of ISU is 74%. The university provides all the support to their students to earn their degree and guide them to reach their goal. It all depends on a student that how soon they earn their degree. The institute also has a very less number of dropouts and a very high number of graduates in recent years. But it also takes 5 or 6 years for some students to graduate.
Online Education at ISU
The online programs from ISU are perfectly designed for those individuals who are busy at their work and still wants to pursue their higher education. These online programs will help students earn their degree from the convenience of their own place and at their own pace.
The university provides non-traditional classes through Lynda offline training system facility. The classes are designed in the same sophistication and exhaustive nature as the traditional classroom program but without the constraints of the semester time frame.
These programs are designed to be easily incorporated into the busy schedule of working professionals.
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According to Forbes, the university is ranked 228th in 'Top Colleges' and 73rd in 'Public Colleges'.
The university is also ranked 119th in 'National Universities' and 80th in 'Best Colleges for Veterans' by the US News.
The university is ranked at number 81 in 'Best Value Schools' by US News.
Forbes ranked the university 41st in 'Midwest' and 166th in 'America’s Best Employers'.
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The university wants its students to immerse themselves in the university with a top-notch education. The admission process in ISU is simple but a student should be really good to get into the university. you can choose programs in over 100 majors, and in numerous online programs. NYU choose candidates based on their RAI score.
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You should meet the minimum criteria set by the university to be eligible to apply for the university. Generally, the cut off for the admission will be more with high competition.
In addition to the high school records, a student who is applying for admissions in the college of engineering must complete two years of single foreign language and students applying for admissions to liberal arts college must complete the third year of social studies.
Students who are disabled are made to follow Iowa State's regular freshman admission process. Those who feel their academic record does not perfectly reflect their ability to succeed and, therefore, wish to be considered for admission are asked to submit additional documentation explaining their circumstances.
The last day to submit your applications for the admissions in ISU is on May 1 for the fall classes. The application fee for various degrees is given below.
Undergraduate Application Fee - $40.
Graduate Application Fee - $60.
The acceptance rate at Iowa State University is 87%. The college accepts almost all the student who is fit and have good academic records. Being academically good is normal, the university looks out for the students who are different and thinks out of the box. Total application received for the admissions in the university is over 19,000 in which the college has admitted 17,000 for various degree programs.
SAT is the standard exam that is widely used by the university in the United States for college admissions. But the criteria for admission change from a college to college.
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The total number of students who submitted their SAT applications is around 400. A student should have an average Math score of 540 and 570 of Critical Reading score.
The ACT scores required to go into ISU is with a composite score of at least 25. The scores range between 27-31. The university’s code for ACT is 1320. The number of students who submitted ACT applications is 5,744.
The average GPA that is required to get into Iowa is 3.5. The university is competitive and it requires students to put in lots of efforts. In addition to the on-campus courses, a student can also earn their degree from the comfort of their own place with the off-campus degrees from Iowa.
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2% Two or more races
6% Non Resident alien
0% American Indian/Alaska native
0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander
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36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$61,269 per year
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The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,692/year.
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The university provides financial assistance to the student in need. The students can utilize these aids to pay fees and meet other academic needs. Financial assistance is given in the form of scholarship, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Eligibility for these provisions varies from academic performance to nationality and citizenship. Students should fill the FAFSA form.
Iowa State Unversity federal school code is 001869 in order to apply for financial aid. The various financial aids provided by the university are given below.
Federal Aid provisions include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Health Professions Loan and Direct PLUS Loan along with Federal Work-Study option.
Institutional Aids are also provided in the form of All Iowa Community College Academic Team Award, Carver, George Washington Tuition Scholarship, Roy.J.Carver Scholarship, Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation Scholarship, Hixson Opportunity Award, and Iowa State University Grant.
Post 9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance Program is given as Military and Veteran Aid.