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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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2021 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 269 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is animal science.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Iowa State as #213 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, Iowa State is ranked at #4.

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 )

Learn more about Iowa State University admissions.

Iowa State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Iowa State University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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.

Good Overall Diversity at Iowa State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 29,621 undergraduates at Iowa State with 27,929 being full-time and 1,692 being part-time.

Iowa State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Iowa State is 78.17 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  78.17 out of 100
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How Much Does Iowa State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Iowa State is $15,140. 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 +
$9,801 $10,419 $13,908 $16,898 $18,486

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 3.2%. 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

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

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Location of Iowa State University

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, 7,380 received undergraduate degrees and 1,588 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 473 $65,700
Business Administration & Management 351 $52,700
Marketing 348 $42,400
Agricultural Economics & Business 276 $46,400
Finance & Financial Management 269 $45,600
Health & Physical Education 254 $32,100
Design & Applied Arts 252 $36,000
Computer Engineering 241 $71,400
Animal Science 230 $35,800
Teacher Education Grade Specific 226 $39,100

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 7,589 students took at least one online class at Iowa State University. This is an increase from the 6,733 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,589 1,374
2016-2017 6,733 1,406
2015-2016 6,211 1,517
2014-2015 5,694 1,449
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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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