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.
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'.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
Highest Degree Offered
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 Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
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.