Iowa State University
100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-5836
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Iowa State University is a four-year, public institution in Ames, Iowa. The university was established as the Iowa Agricultural College and Modern Farm in 1858 by the Iowa state legislature. In 1959, the college was renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology. U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa State University No. 101 in the National Universities category of its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Iowa State University serves a student population of 29,611 and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Programs Offered

Iowa State University offers 100 majors through eight colleges. Iowa State is composed of the colleges of agriculture and life sciences, business, design, engineering, graduate, human sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and veterinary medicine. Academic programs include: accounting, advertising, aerospace engineering, animal ecology, athletic training, philosophy, psychology, supply chain management, veterinary pathology, and zoology. Iowa State University offers several graduate degree programs in areas including animal science, biophysics, earth science, horticulture, immunobiology, kinesiology, toxicology, soil science, graphic design, statistics, urban design, and wildlife ecology. Online master’s degree programs are available through Iowa State in computer engineering, electrical engineering, human computer interaction, and information assurance. Online graduate certificate programs are available in computer networking, embedded systems, human computer interaction, information assurance, nondestructive evaluation, power systems engineering, software systems, and systems engineering.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Iowa State University since 1916.


Admission to Iowa State University requires prospective students to submit an undergraduate admission application and ACT or SAT scores. Admission is based on the Regent Admission Index score, calculated with the ACT composite score, high school grade point average, high school percentile rank, and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas. Iowa State sets a minimum high school course requirement of four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and two years of social studies. The admissions acceptance form and fee must be submitted before May 1. Students may attend orientation in the summer before fall entry to meet with an academic advisor and register for fall classes.


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