Iowa State University

Iowa State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Iowa State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Iowa State University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Iowa State University was awarded 716 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

Overall Quality

Iowa State is ranked #146 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Iowa State held the #213 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Iowa State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Iowa ranking.

See all of the rankings for Iowa State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Iowa State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Iowa State University is 89%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Iowa State is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Iowa State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 700. Math scores were between 560 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 600 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 560 to 710 )
Iowa State received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Iowa State University  ( 22 to 28 )

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Iowa State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Iowa State University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Iowa State University is 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Iowa State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Iowa State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Iowa State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 28,294 undergraduates at Iowa State with 26,713 being full-time and 1,581 being part-time.

How Much Does Iowa State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Iowa State is $15,496. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Iowa State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,054 $10,843 $14,161 $17,228 $18,895

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Iowa State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Iowa State, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,431 a year. That adds up to $29,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Iowa State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Iowa State make about $50,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Iowa State graduates since it is 27% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Iowa State University make the most money.

Location of Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public institution located in Ames, Iowa. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Iowa State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2103
Phone: 515-294-4111

Iowa State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 118 majors graduated from Iowa State University. Of these students, 7,288 received undergraduate degrees and 1,374 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 429 $65,700
Business Administration & Management 360 $52,700
Marketing 328 $42,400
Computer Engineering 295 $71,400
Finance & Financial Management 254 $45,600
Health & Physical Education 238 $32,100
Agricultural Economics & Business 230 $46,400
Design & Applied Arts 227 $36,000
Animal Science 226 $35,800
Computer Information Systems 220 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Iowa State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Iowa State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 7,802 students took at least one online class at Iowa State University. This is an increase from the 7,589 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 7,802 1,298
2017-2018 7,589 1,374
2016-2017 6,733 1,406
2015-2016 6,211 1,517
2013-2014 5,235 1,437

Learn more about online learning at Iowa State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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