Iowa State University.

Iowa State University

Ames, IA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Iowa State University

Iowa State University of Science and Technology, (Iowa State University or Iowa State), is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. It is the largest university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. Iowa State is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation's first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so.Iowa State's academic offerings are administered through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 doctoral degree programs, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.Iowa State University's athletic teams, the Cyclones, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are a founding member of the Big 12. The Cyclones field 16 varsity teams and have won numerous NCAA national championships.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 30,116 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Iowa State University

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Soil Science, Forestry, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, and Biology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

17,208 students out of 19,262 applicants were accepted into Iowa State University. They had an average SAT score of 1221. 9% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 90% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Iowa State University was $22,472, while for in-state students it was $8,636. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $28,895.

The average financial aid at Iowa State University is $5,547. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $16,925 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Iowa State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

69% of undergraduate students at Iowa State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Iowa State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Iowa State University was of $8,546 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $994.

Diversity at Iowa State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017