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Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public, research university located in Ames, Iowa.  Commonly known as Iowa State University (ISU), the school is a land- and space-grant institution that has graduated many noteworthy individuals, including astronauts, scientists, senators, a U.S. Vice President, and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.  Before 1959, the University was called the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

ISU has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an RU/VH, or a research university with “very high research activity.”  The institution has membership in the Big 12 Conference, Universities Research Association, and the Association of American Universities (AAU).

Iowa State has been a coeducational institution since its establishment in 1858.  The school is renowned for its research and curricula in engineering, home economics, extension, and agriculture, and created the first public school for veterinary medicine in the nation in 1879.  The country’s first Statistical Laboratory was founded by ISU in 1933.

ISU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks ISU as one of the best 50 public institutions in the country.  Its science, agriculture, and engineering programs are also nationally recognized.  The aerospace engineering program ranks 13th among public institutions whose highest degree is a doctorate.  The chemical and civil engineering programs are both ranked 20th among all schools nationwide, while the materials engineering program is ranked 17th best.  The journalism school is also one of the best in the nation.

Online Degrees and Programs

ISU offers online degrees and certificates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Human Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts.  A majority of the online degrees are offered at the graduate level.

College of Business

The Iowa State University MBA is an intensive two-year program with a unique delivery of the core curriculum. Students progress through the lock-step classes within a cohort of colleagues, learning and sharing experiences together. Teamwork is an essential component of the program. Professional development is also heavily emphasized, featuring required professional skills courses and individual appointments with the Director of Graduate Career Services that begin during the first week of classes. As a result, the Iowa State MBA program has been ranked in the top 10 for job placement rates three years in a row, with over 96% of graduates accepting job offers within 3 months of graduation.

Foreign Students

Students who do not speak English as their primary language are offered the chance to take Intensive English and Orientation Program courses offered in grammar, reading, oral communication, writing, and business.  These courses not only help advance English proficiency, but also prepare students for English proficiency exams.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

ISU offers more than 100 undergraduate degree programs, 115 master’s degree programs, one professional degree in veterinary medicine, and 83 doctoral programs. These programs are split into eight colleges.

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

Financial Aid

ISU administers federal grants and loans including the Pell Grant, TEACH grant, Perkins loans, and PLUS loans.  Work-study positions are available for students demonstrating financial need which gives students the opportunity to make an hourly wage, many times in the field of study for the student.  Scholarships are offered through a variety of departments and programs across the university.

Library

The W. Robert and Ellen Sorge Parks Library is one of the 100 largest in the nation and houses more than 2.6 million books.  An e-Library and Veterinary Medical Library are also available for student use.

Athletics

The University’s athletic teams are known as the Cyclones and they participate in the Big 12 Conference.  Sixteen men’s and women’s teams compete in 12 intercollegiate sports including football, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling.  The women’s basketball team is considered one of the best in the country with three conference titles, five Sweet Sixteen appearances, and two Elite Eight bids.  The women’s volleyball team has also experienced a significant amount of success, appearing in NCAA semifinals a number of times.  The men’s wrestling team has won eight NCAA championships and three conference tournament titles.

Housing

Nineteen residence halls are operated on campus and are divided into “associations” depending on their location.  The Union Drive Association is located in the western portion of campus and has four residence halls, including Friley Hall, which is one of the largest in the country.  On the east side of campus is Richardson Court Association, which has 12 residence halls.  Despite its distance from the other residence halls, Buchanan Hall is considered a part of Richardson Court Association and houses graduate students.  Two towers make up Towers Residence Association, which is located in the southern portion of campus.  Upperclassmen can live in University operated apartments including Fredericksen Court, SUV Apartments, Maricopa, and Legacy Tower.

General Information

Admission Office
100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, IA 50011-2011
(515) 294-5836
(800) 262-3810
Fax: (515) 294-2592
[email protected]
Contact: Marc Harding
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-4111
www.iastate.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 21,607
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,546
Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,169
Graduate enrollment: 4,718

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 87%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 84%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,161 $6,360 $6,651 $6,997 +5.20%
Books and Supplies $978 $984 $1,000 $1,014 +1.40%
Living Arrangement – On Campus




Room and Board $6,715 $6,956 $7,277 $7,472 +2.68%
Other $3,312 $3,400 $3,438 $3,438 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus




Room and Board $8,145 $8,321 $8,550 $8,550 0.00%
Other $5,321 $5,465 $5,524 $5,524 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,166 $17,700 $18,366 $18,921 +3.02%
In-state Off Campus $20,605 $21,130 $21,725 $22,085 +1.66%
In-state with Family $7,139 $7,344 $7,651 $8,011 +4.71%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,120
In-state Student Fees $849
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $18,548
Out-of-state Fees $849

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,854 88%

Grant or scholarship aid 3,166 72% $18,769,314 $5,928
– Federal grants 847 19% $3,818,330 $4,508
– Pell grants 792 18% $2,491,348 $3,146
– Other federal grants 786 18% $1,326,982 $1,688
State/local government grant or scholarships 229 5% $1,084,864 $4,737
Institutional grants or scholarships 3,006 69% $13,866,120 $4,613
Student loan aid 2,465 56% $17,084,534 $6,931
– Federal student loans 2,420 55% $13,709,989 $5,665
– Other student loans 443 10% $3,374,545 $7,617

All Majors and Degree Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4838 825 423
Agriculture 483 55 16
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 74
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding 4 2
Agricultural Animal Breeding 2 1
Agricultural Economics 2 1
Agricultural Mechanization 28
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 3 2
Agronomy and Crop Science 52 12
Animal Sciences 147 3
Crop Production 5
Dairy Science 28
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 83 4
Food Science 19 9 4
Horticultural Science 46 3 4
International Agriculture 6
Livestock Management 4 2
Soil Science and Agronomy 4
Architecture and Related Services 117 23
Architecture 62 15
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 26 8
Landscape Architecture 29
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 21
Area Studies, Other 17
Russian Studies 1
Women’s Studies 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 255 32 45
Animal Physiology 5
Biochemistry 23 2 5
Bioinformatics 1 1 4
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 115
Biophysics 1
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 2 3
Ecology 62 1 1
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 4 5
Entomology 7 2 1
Genetics 20 4 16
Immunology 1 1
Microbiology 24 5 3
Neuroscience 1
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 1
Plant Physiology 2 5
Toxicology 2
Zoology/Animal Biology 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1053 135 1
Accounting 159 42
Business Administration and Management 88
Business/Managerial Economics 4
Finance 206
Hospitality Administration/Management 38 3 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce 29
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 80
Management Information Systems 98
Management Science 168
Marketing/Marketing Management 221
Operations Management and Supervision 50
Transportation/Mobility Management 2
Communication and Journalism Programs 255 11
Advertising 50
Journalism 122 11
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 83
Computing and Information Sciences 30 60 19
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 20
Computer Science 30 21 15
Information Technology 19 4
Education 194 103 36
Agricultural Teacher Education 20 7 2
Curriculum and Instruction 4 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 39
Education 12 4
Educational Leadership and Administration 17 20
Elementary Education and Teaching 119 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 5
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 40 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 4
Music Teacher Education 16
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 7
Special Education and Teaching 2
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 9 1
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Engineering 829 196 69
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 94 8 3
Agricultural Engineering 41 12 6
Chemical Engineering 63 2 8
Civil Engineering 105 31 9
Computer Engineering 57 29 9
Computer Software Engineering 13
Construction Engineering 61
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 73 30 6
Engineering Mechanics
Industrial Engineering 54 6 4
Materials Engineering 47 8 13
Mechanical Engineering 221 35 11
Systems Engineering 35
Engineering Technology 40
Engineering/Industrial Management 40
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 39 18 4
Creative Writing 6
English Language and Literature 33 6
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 6 4
Rhetoric and Composition 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 68
French Language and Literature 7
German Language and Literature 8
Linguistics 13
Spanish Language and Literature 40
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 70 4 130
Dietetics/Dietitian 58
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator 12
Veterinary Medicine 120
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology 2 6
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology 4
Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health 1
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences 1
History 54 5 3
History and Philosophy Of Science and Technology 1
History 54 4 3
Human Services 11 11
Public Administration 11 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 110
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 110
Mathematics and Statistics 45 27 19
Applied Mathematics 3
Mathematics 35 5 3
Statistics 10 22 13
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 99 24 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 91 15
Nutrition Sciences 8 9 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 75 11 2
Environmental Science 19 7 2
Environmental Studies 33
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management 2
Forest Sciences and Biology 23
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 154 11 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 154 11 4
Physical Sciences 43 19 42
Analytical Chemistry 4
Astrophysics 1
Chemistry 14 3 7
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 9
Geology and Earth Science 8 3 3
Inorganic Chemistry
Meteorology 8 6 2
Nuclear Physics 3 2
Organic Chemistry 3 11
Physical Chemistry 4
Physics 13
Physics, Other
Psychology 140 7 4
Psychology 140 7 4
Social Sciences 218 24 17
Anthropology 22 3
Economics 37 12 10
Political Science and Government 87 3
Sociology 72 6 7
Visual and Performing Arts 314 15
Design and Visual Communications 107 4
Fashion/Apparel Design 102
Graphic Design 47 5
Interior Design 40 3
Music 10
Visual and Performing Arts 8 3
Work and Family Studies 121 34 10
Apparel and Textiles 4 1
Family and Community Services 96
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 12 19
Family Resource Management Studies 13
Human Development and Family Studies 11 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
AgribusinessOperations B
AgriculturalEducation Services B
AgriculturalMechanization B
Agronomy/CropScience B
Animal Sciences B
Dairy Science B
Farm/RanchManagement B
HorticulturalServices B
InternationalAgriculture B
Pest Management B
Plant Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs
ArchitectureB
City/Community/RegionalPlanning B
LandscapeArchitecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Arts – General B
Commercial/AdvertisingArt B
Design/VisualCommunications B
Fashion Design B
Graphic Design B
IntegratedStudio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
BiochemistryB
BioinformaticsB
Biology B
BiophysicsB
EntomologyB
Genetics B
MicrobiologyB

Business, Management, & Marketing
AccountingB
Business – General B
Business Statistics B
Business/ManagerialEconomics B
Finance/BankingB
HospitalityAdministration/Management B
InternationalBusiness B
Logistics/MaterialsManagement B
ManagementInformation Systems B
MarketingManagement B
OperationsManagement B

Communications & Journalism
AdvertisingB
Communications/RhetoricB
JournalismB

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/InformationSciences – General B

Education
AgriculturalEducation B
Early Childhood Education B
Education– General B
ElementaryEducation B
Family/ConsumerSciences – Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/PreschoolEducation B
Music Teacher Education B
Technology/IndustrialArts Education B
Trade/IndustrialEducation B

Engineering
Aeronautical/AerospaceEngineering B
AgriculturalEngineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
ConstructionEngineering B
Electrical/CommunicationsEngineering B
Engineering– General B
IndustrialEngineering B
MaterialsEngineering B
MaterialsScience B
MechanicalEngineering B
Software Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/RhetoricalStudies B
Technical/BusinessWriting B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Apparel/TextileManufacturing B
Apparel/TextileMarketing Management B
Clothing/Apparel/TextileStudies B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Family/CommunityServices B
Family/ConsumerSciences – General B
Foods/NutritionStudies B
Housing Studies B
Human Nutrition B
InstitutionalFood Production B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
LinguisticsB

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Illustrating B
PremedicineB
PreveterinaryMedicine B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics– General B
StatisticsB

Natural Resources & Conservation
EnvironmentalScience B
EnvironmentalStudies B
Forestry – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
PhilosophyB
Religion/ReligiousStudies B

Physical Sciences
ChemistryB
Geology B
Physics B
PlanetarySciences B

Psychology
Psychology– General B

Social Sciences
AnthropologyB
EconomicsB
International Relations B
PoliticalScience/Government B
SociologyB

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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