Iowa State University

Iowa State University

The Iowa State University of Science and Technology, more commonly referred as Iowa State University, is a public land-grant and space-grant university located in Ames, Iowa. It was founded in 1858. ISU is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the U.S. and is known for its degree programs in science, engineering, and agriculture.

ISU offers more than 90 Bachelor's degree programs, over 100 Master's programs and over 80 PhD programs through 8 colleges:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Business
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Graduate
  • Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine

The Iowa State sports teams are known as Cyclones. They compete in the NCAA's Division I-A as part of the Big 12 Conference. The Iowa State Daily is the student-run newspaper.

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Iowa State University
Ames , IA 50011-2030
General Phone: (515) 294-5836

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Iowa State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management942business management, logistics, operations management, transportation management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, labor relations, international business, ...
Engineering906aerospace engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Liberal Arts628Russian studies, area studies, women's studies, linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, ...
Education and Teaching453education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, educational assessment and testing, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Science434biology, biochemistry, biophysics, botany, plant pathology, plant physiology, anatomical sciences, microbiology, zoology, ...
Design331design and visual communication, fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Media236communication studies, journalism, advertising
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy228nutrition sciences, exercise science, health and fitness, dietitian
Agricultural Science and Management206agricultural operations, agricultural economics, farm management, agricultural mechanization, crop production, international agriculture, food science, various food science courses, various agricutural courses ...
Therapy and Counseling179psychology
Computer Science and Engineering176computer and info science, computer security, computer engineering
Architecture and Planning169architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Family and Social Work135family and consumer science, family resource management, human nutrition, housing, family studies, family and community services, public administration
Medicine119neuroscience, veterinary medicine, veterinary anatomy, veterinary microbiology, veterinary pathology, veterinary preventive epidemiology, veterinary biomedical sciences
Animal Science and Care118animal science, animal breeding, animal nutrition, dairy science, various animal sciences courses
Landscaping and Horticulture112agronomy, horticultural science, plant breeding, pest management, various plant science courses, soil science
Hospitality70hospitality management
Mathematics61mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management44environmental studies, environmental science, conservation courses, fisheries sciences, forest sciences, wildlife management, natural resources courses
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Art Studies15visual and performing arts
Construction Trades8apparel and textiles
Medical Administration8medical illustrator

Number of programs and degrees for Iowa State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,40498
Master's degree787117
Doctor's degree30884
First-professional degree1051

Iowa State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Iowa State had a total enrollment of 26,160 students (23,333 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 100%
Women 0%
Full-Time 56%
Part-Time 44%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 19%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 30%
22-24 21%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Iowa State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 75 %

Iowa State Room and Board (2007)

Iowa State offers campus housing for 9,287 of its 23,333 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Ames, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Iowa State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510640
SAT Math530680
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2228
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT95%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Iowa State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,360
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,350
Room and board $ 6,956
Room charge $ 3,659
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,297
Books and supplies $ 984
Other expenses $ 3,400

Financial Aid:
Iowa State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 186900)

Iowa State Faculty

Iowa State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track203112
Non-tenured and not on tenure track132132

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year128$122,91015$145,307
Associate professorcalendar year47$98,66519$93,183
Assistant professorcalendar year27$90,95915$77,974
Instructorcalendar year1*6$41,214
Lecturercalendar year21$82,29320$72,715
All faculty totalcalendar year224$109,74975$90,950

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year247$116,19360$100,433
Associate professoracademic year201$85,982108$74,728
Assistant professoracademic year180$73,690105$67,764
Instructoracademic year1*3$47,014
Lectureracademic year78$46,89986$41,001
All faculty totalacademic year707$89,050362$68,726

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Iowa State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Twelve Conference
Basketball Big Twelve Conference
Track Big Twelve Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports31105136

Iowa State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Crop Production
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
Food Science
Food Science and Technology, Other
International Agriculture

Animal Science And Care
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Animal Nutrition
Animal Sciences, General
Animal Sciences, Other
Dairy Science

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Labor and Industrial Relations
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Family and Community Services
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Public Administration

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Plant Sciences, Other
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

Veterinary Anatomy (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Other (Cert, MS PhD)
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology (Cert, MS, PhD)
Veterinary Preventive Med Epidemiology/Public Hlth (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Analytical Chemistry
Animal Physiology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Inorganic Chemistry
Microbiology, General
Nuclear Physics
Organic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Top 19%Iowa State % of degrees in agricultural science and management

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