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About Iowa State University (ISU)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


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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Location & Contact


1750 Beardshear Hall


Email: N/A
Phone: 5152944111
Fax: 5152942592
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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'.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1092 - 1334

ACT Range

22 - 28

Application Fee




High School GPA


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Admission Requirements

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.

Documents required 
High School GPA  Required 
High School Record  Required
Test Scores  Required
  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Application Deadline

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.

Acceptance Rate

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 Requirements

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.

SAT Section Average Score Score Range
Math  540 460 - 620
Critical Reading 570 500 - 640

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.

ACT Requirements

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.

GPA Requirements

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. 

Annual Cost to Attend

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Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


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Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


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Mechanical Engineering

417 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

321 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

302 Graduates


293 Graduates

Agricultural Business and Managemen...

261 Graduates

Psychology, General

242 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

237 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

233 Graduates

Animal Sciences

231 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

222 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

179 Graduates

Biology, General

160 Graduates

Computer Engineering

159 Graduates

Public Relations, Advertising, and...

156 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

155 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

151 Graduates

Civil Engineering

148 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

138 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

138 Graduates

Human Development, Family Studies,...

136 Graduates

Plant Sciences

136 Graduates

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astrona...

128 Graduates

Chemical Engineering

128 Graduates

Industrial Engineering

126 Graduates

Apparel and Textiles

116 Graduates

Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, an...

95 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

94 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

86 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

86 Graduates

Agricultural Mechanization

79 Graduates


77 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

71 Graduates

Computer Science

70 Graduates

Engineering-Related Fields

70 Graduates


68 Graduates


67 Graduates

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Se...

67 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

66 Graduates


63 Graduates

Construction Engineering

62 Graduates


61 Graduates

Political Science and Government

61 Graduates

Materials Engineering

57 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

52 Graduates


50 Graduates


43 Graduates

Food Science and Technology

43 Graduates

Nutrition Sciences

42 Graduates

Agricultural Engineering

41 Graduates

International Agriculture

40 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

37 Graduates


35 Graduates

City/Urban, Community and Regional...

34 Graduates


33 Graduates

Landscape Architecture

30 Graduates


26 Graduates

Microbiological Sciences and Immuno...

24 Graduates


24 Graduates

Area Studies

22 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

22 Graduates

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

21 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

20 Graduates


17 Graduates

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorolog...

17 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

17 Graduates

International Business

17 Graduates

Public Administration

17 Graduates


14 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

14 Graduates

Visual and Performing Arts, General

13 Graduates


11 Graduates

Family and Consumer Economics and R...

10 Graduates

Medical Illustration and Informatic...

10 Graduates

Business/Managerial Economics

9 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

9 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

8 Graduates

Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and...

3 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




75% White

5% Unknown

3% Black

6% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

6% Non Resident alien

3% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$61,269 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

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Campus Food

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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School Colors

cardinal and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Big Twelve Conference

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24-Hour Security Patrol


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24-Hour Escort Safety rides


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After Graduation

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Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$179 - 322

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


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> $110K


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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.

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