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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Iowa State is a highly rated public university located in Ames, Iowa. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 28,743 undergraduate students. The Iowa State acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Marketing. Graduating 73% of students, Iowa State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,200.
About Iowa State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big 12 Conference
Address
1750 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50010

Iowa State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1160-1410
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,949/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,603/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,894/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,919/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,371/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,647/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.189 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.219 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.219 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,743Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 147 responses
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  • Well balanced between school and social life
    71%
  • Social
    12%
  • Academic based
    8%
  • Conservative Farmer
    5%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Thriving
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.266 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.327 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 168 responses
Report
  • Bustling with activity
    26%
  • Big engineering school.
    21%
  • Choose your adventure
    19%
  • The best
    11%
  • Very science focused
    10%
  • Good Agricultural school
    8%
  • Very crowded
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.156 responses
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Iowa State University Reviews

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I love Iowa State University! It has a daunting list of possibilities for majors, minors, and extracurricular, is a very affordable price when compared to other schools, and when specializing, the options are very well taught. I have yet to run into a teacher I can't get help with, and there are options galore for help in every subject. It is easy to change/add/drop classes/majors/minors, the advisers are knowledgeable, and there are many chances for about everything. The slogan "It's your adventure", is very true! People here are very supportive/helpful. There are safe rides home if you feel uncomfortable for any reason and advisories whenever something happens.
Most classes hold students to high standards, but are also relatable enough to not slough off the unfortunate struggling students. Campus is gorgeous, clubs and activities are numerous, and I believe I will be very successful in life thanks to ISU.
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Iowa State is a great institution: beautiful campus, caring teachers, and degree programs that are thorough and engaging. It was amazing to be able to go to a school in the middle of Iowa; the distractions are not like what they are in big cities so you can focus and get what you want out of your education.

I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, and I cannot begin to say enough great things about the program and the professors. It's competitive to get in: when I was in the program they only admitted 60 applicants a year. I was able to study a wide range of design-related things, allowing me to follow my passions. I'm so thankful to have spent my formative years there under great leadership and inspiring coursework!
My experience at Iowa State University has been outstanding. The campus is incredibly beautiful year round. The people have truly made the experience so enjoyable. You find friends right away with tailored programs. There are plenty of different resources to help you as a student too. I love being able to exercise outside or inside two gym facilities. Of course, the most important part is getting a good education and Iowa State provides just that!