Iowa State is a highly rated public university located in Ames, Iowa. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 28,872 undergraduate students. The Iowa State acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Marketing. Graduating 74% of students, Iowa State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,100.
NCAA Division I-FBS
Big 12 Conference
Iowa State University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.189 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.210 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses
Most Popular Majors
Mechanical Engineering417 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science302 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities249 Graduates
Animal Sciences and Husbandry231 Graduates
Elementary Education199 Graduates
Logistics and Supply Chain Management179 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.257 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.318 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.156 responses
Iowa State University Reviews
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!
I have loved our entire experience so far with Iowa State University. The email with the acceptance letter came fast and was very entertaining! The college visit was very informative and the students who led us around campus did a great job explaining things and showing us all the perks of being a student there. Orientation was packed full of useful information. It was a great two days of learning about transitioning your students to college. Hearing staff talk about how to help your student be successful and their expectations. And listening to students give advice and tell a little about their experiences. There were sessions on financial aid and the office was open to families with any questions.
I graduated from Iowa State as an International Student and it was one of the best experiences of my life; very different from where I am from but excellent overall. The people, the academics and the campus made it worthwhile and being 2000 miles from home I had trying times but I would immerse myself in something around me (the library, road trip to Chicago, a concert or speaker on campus) and it would carry me through. Love to Iowa State and the people of Iowa!