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Academics

The crown jewel of Ames, Iowa State University is a welcoming research university that draws students from all fifty states and over one hundred countries. Offering one hundred majors (including notably strong programs in math, science, and engineering), Iowa state has "field of study for everyone" at a hard-tobeat in-state price. If there is something you want to do, there's "a good chance another professor is doing it who would be happy to take you on." This is academia at its finest—a true "large college with a small town feel"—and "a place that feels like home while also holding you to a higher standard to be and do your best."

"Often at the top of their field," professors are "highly knowledgeable and very educated" and teach classes that are "clear and not unreasonably demanding." They urge students to ask questions and "assign homework that actually provides a learning experience." If extra help is needed, "tutors, additional instruction, [and] smaller recitation classes" are readily available. A school with the muscle of ISU can bring in "really good speakers" such as Margaret Atwood, Paul Collier, and Nicholas Kristof, and the departments within the university "also do a good job of engaging students and providing a smaller community within the larger campus." No matter the department, the faculty does a solid job of "holding students accountable to material and not giving free diplomas to those not working hard."

Student Body

Everyone at Iowa State is what I suppose some people from the coasts would call 'Midwest nice,' says one student. "Everyone is nice to one another and it's got that small town feel, even though there's 30,600 of us." The school has "a somewhat diverse" student body for being part of a more rural state; a large majority of the students here are from Iowa or its contiguous states (and many are from small towns), and some students say they do find "a wide range of diversity while maintaining great respect for one another." One of the benefits of a school with a population this large is "if you look for them, you can find likeminded individuals." A lot of students here are part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and many are part of Greek life.

Campus Life

Iowa State's hometown of Ames is "not too hectic," and people here "are pretty laid back." Everything is within walking distance (there's an excellent bus system as well) and there are two main areas where students can blow off steam: Campustown, home to most of the bars and a few restaurants, and Ames Downtown, which is "more historic with shopping centers and restaurants." Those of age enjoy hitting the bars on weekends, and students of all years can "go bowling, go to the art space, go to music shows, go to various Greek house events," or just have a good old-fashioned dorm or apartment hang. With over 200 campus organizations, extracurriculars are a default setting for ISU students, and many clubs and activities can even "help develop some practical experience in your chosen field of study." Students are "encouraged to involve themselves in something other than class work." In terms of school spirit, there is an "astounding" men's basketball team for students to watch, and "the Student Union board has many opportunities for activities both during the week and on weekends," including concerts "from big-name people where you can go buy tickets on their website."

Overview

Applicants
19,262
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 647
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
545 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,874
with Terminal Degree
1,641

1,138
Men
736
Women
380
Minority
89
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Dairy Science.
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management.
  • Food Science.
  • Horticultural Science.
  • International Agriculture.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Russian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biophysics.
  • Ecology.
  • Genetics, General.
  • Microbiology, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Meeting and Event Planning.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Construction Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Child Development.
  • Family and Community Services.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General.
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Forest Sciences and Biology.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES.

  • Culinary Science/Culinology.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


George Washington Carver
1st African-American faculty; famous plant scienti

John V. Atanasoff
Inventor of electrical digital computer.

Carrie Chapman Catt
Leader of women's suffrage; co-founder of League o

Henry A. Wallace
US Vice President (1941-44); Sec. of Ag,; Sec. of

Tom Harkin
US Senator from Iowa

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$98,600

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
32%


Students Say

Iowa State's Career Exploration Services department helps students to choose a major and learn about the working world through an individualized career plan, and offers coaching/counseling, a career library, a Major Fair, and the ISU course University Studies 104: Personal Career Development. Though the math and sciences are the banner programs here, Iowa State makes sure there is “both breadth and depth [in] each major,” and many clubs and activities here “can help develop some practical experience in your chosen field of study.” Of the Iowa State University alumni visiting PayScale.com, 48 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 30

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,974

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,606

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,408

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,643

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,284

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,456
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,292
Required Fees
$1,180
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$994

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,546
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
30,406
Foreign Countries Represented
128

Demographics

3.19%
Asian
2.64%
African-American
5.35%
Hispanic
74.32%
Caucasian
5.32%
Unknown
6.63%
International

42% female
58% male
35% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Steven Moats

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Students with documented disabilities are held to Iowa State's regular freshman admission requirements. Those who feel their academic record does not accurately reflect their ability to succeed and, therefore, wish to be considered for admission on an individual basis are asked to submit additional documentation explaining their circumstances. This documentation should include: A letter from the applicant requesting special consideration. This letter should identify the disability and include a description of how the disability impacts academic performance. Information pertaining to accommodations and services used in high school or the most recent educational setting. A recent typed report prepared by a qualified provider that contains a specific current diagnosis, treatment history, and existing functional impact as it relates to one's participation at Iowa State University.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Students with documented disabilities are held to Iowa State's regular freshman admission requirements. Those who feel their academic record does not accurately reflect their ability to succeed and, therefore, wish to be considered for admission on an individual basis are asked to submit additional documentation explaining their circumstances. This documentation should include: A letter from the applicant requesting special consideration. This letter should identify the disability and include a description of how the disability impacts academic performance. Information pertaining to accommodations and services used in high school or the most recent educational setting. A recent typed report prepared by a qualified provider that contains a specific current diagnosis, treatment history, and existing functional impact as it relates to one's participation at Iowa State University.

Special Need Services Offered


Distraction-free environment
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
929
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
27
Number of Religious Organizations
40

13% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cyclones)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cyclones)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.dso.iastate.edu/lgbtss

Minority Support Groups: www.dso.iastate.edu/msa

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Live Green! is Iowa State University’s campus-wide sustainability initiative, laying the foundation for the campus to become as green as possible. Live Green! has already led to the hiring of a Director of Sustainability, the creation of a thirteen-member Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change, and the establishment of a Live Green Loan Fund for energy conservation and sustainability projects. The university’s commitment to sustainable operations is highlighted by its requirement that all new construction and major renovation projects on campus achieve LEED Gold. In fact, the university's College of Design addition and the State Gym recreational facility have both achieved LEED Platinum. Additionally, the school has signed a contract with the city of Ames allowing for 10 percent of the university’s electrical energy to be derived from wind. All four of the residential dining centers on campus were made trayless, reducing food waste by 50 percent. Food waste is composted at the university's compost facility and utilized for on-campus projects, and prepared leftover food is donated to a free meal program in the community. Students have participated in the Solar Decathlon, an internationally recognized team competition to design, build, and operate energy-efficient solar-powered homes. The GreenHouse Group works to promote recycling at each campus residence and the school participates in Adopt Campus, a program initiated by Keep Iowa State Beautiful to promote campus cleanup. Interested in studying green? You’re in luck. Iowa State offers an interdisciplinary sustainability minor and more than 800 green courses in more than forty departments that focus on sustainability. Want to “green your drive?” Recent implementation of a car share program offers alternative transportation service designed to help reduce the university's carbon footprint.

97/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, HP, Dell, IBM, Sennheiser

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions
Campus Visits

Address
Office of Admissions
100 Enrollmen Services Ctr
Ames, IA 50011-2010

Phone
800-262-3810

Email
Admissions@iastate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Union Drive Community Center (dining center)
Reiman Gardens
Lied Recreation Center
Memorial Union
Virtual Reality Lab (available to visitors also)
Campanile.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
CampusTown
North Grand Mall
Hickory Park
Downtown Ames/Mainstreet
Numerous Parks
Plenty of shops and services in and around campus. Many local favorites as well as nationally recognized restaurants and stores.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8am-5pm and 9am-1:00 pm (Sat)
800-262-3810

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am and 10am
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
most Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Des Moines International Airport is 35 minutes from campus. Car rental, taxis, and commercial buses are available for the trip from the airport to the campus. CyRide, inexpensive local bus system shuttle during breaks!

Driving Instructions to Campus
Ames is centrally located and well served by ground transportation. North-south Interstate 35 passes Ames on the east, with east-west Highway 30 intersecting to bring visitors to campus. East-west Interstate 80 intersects with Interstate 35 just 25 miles south of Ames. Follow the Iowa State/Ames signs on interstates and Highway 30.

Local Accommodations
The Memorial Union (2229 Lincoln Way; 520-292-1111), the student union building located on campus. The 'MU' has a cafeteria open all day and a bowling alley in the building. There are several available options around the city of Ames. For more information contact the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-288-7470 or www.visitames.com


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