Iowa State University

Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Brief Description

Dwarfing the small rural town of Ames in which it resides less than 30 minutes away from the state capital of Des Moines, Iowa State University is a major public land-grant and space-grant research institution. Classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, ISU is a group member of the prestigious American Association of Universities and the Universities Research Association. As a large university with over 33,200 students enrolled annually, Iowa State is well-known for having the largest art collection of any school in the nation with over 600 works of art.

First established in 1858, Iowa State University became the nation's first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the Morrill Act. Focused on providing practical higher education to give general training for the career of a farmer with coursework in mechanical, civil, electrical, and mining engineering, the school was named the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts until 1959. As the school matured into becoming Iowa State University, it grew to encompass nine colleges with some of the world's leading research programs in the biological and physical sciences.

With an exemplary reputation for academic excellence, Iowa State is currently ranked as the 101st best college and 47th top public school in the entire nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Fully accredited by the North Central Association (NCA), ISU offers over 100 bachelor's degrees, 112 master's degrees, 83 doctoral degrees, and one professional degree in veterinary medicine. Ranked as the 94th in the nation in research development by the National Science Foundation, ISU is best known for its degree programs in agriculture, engineering, and science. However, the Greenlee School of Journalism is also highly regarded for being among the leading accredited journalism and mass communication programs in the United States.

Supported by Iowa State's famous Memorial Union, the university offers over 800 registered student organizations on campus, including 50 chapters of the active Greek community. With the trademark cardinal and gold colors, the Iowa State Cyclones are a member of the Big 12 Conference for competition in NCAA Division I with 16 high-achieving varsity teams in 12 sports. Some of the most notable former Cyclones are astronaut Clayton Anderson, inventor George Washington Carver, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, NFL player Sage Rosenfels, and Olympic gold medalist Nawal El Moutawakel.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 22087

Total institution enrollment: 26845

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 Disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011


(515) 294-5836


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 55%

Female undergraduate population: 45%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Education Administration
Advertising And Marketing
Aerospace Aeronautical And Astronautica
Agricultural Animal Breeding And Genetic
Agricultural Animal Husbandry And Production
Agricultural Animal Nutrition
Agricultural Business / Agribusiness Operations
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Mechanization General
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences Other
Agronomy And Crop Science
Analytical Chemistry
Animal Sciences General
Applied Mathematics General
Architecture General
Arts And Design
Atmospheric Sciences And Meteorology
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering
Biology General
Botany General
Business Administration And Management
Business Administration And Management
Business Management And Administrative
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Quantitative Methods And Management
Cell And Molecular Biology Other
Ceramic Sciences And Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry General
Child Growth Care And Development Studies
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Civil Engineering General
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Conservation And Renewable Natural Resources
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Crop Production Operations And Management
Curriculum And Instruction
Dairy Science
Design And Visual Communications
Dietetics / Human Nutritional Services
Earth And Planetary Sciences
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Educational Assessment Testing And Measurments
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Other
Engineering Science
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Family And Community Studies
Family Resource Management Studies
Farm And Ranch Management
Fashion Design
Finance General
Fishing And Fisheries Sciences And Management
Food Sciences And Technology
Foods And Nutrition Science
Forest Harvesting And Production Technology
Forestry General
French Language And Literature
Genetics Plant And Animal
German Language And Literature
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education Administration
History General
Home Economics General
Home Economics Teacher Education
Horticulture Services Operations And Management
Hotel / Motel And Restaurant Management
Housing Studies General
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering
Inorganic Chemistry
Interior Design General
Labor / Personnel Relations And Studies
Landscape Architecture
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Material Engineering
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Illustrating
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Miscellaneous Biological Specializations
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music Teacher Education
Nuclear Physics
Operations Management And Supervision
Operations Research
Organic Chemistry
Physical And Theoretical Chemistry
Physics General
Physics Other
Physiology Human And Animal
Plant Pathology
Plant Physiology
Plant Protection / Pest Management
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Religion / Religious Studies
Russian And Slavic Area Studies
Russian Language And Literature
School Psychology
Social And Philosophical Foundations
Soil Sciences
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Systems Engineering
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Ms Phd
Veterinary Medicine Dvm
Visual And Performing Arts General
Wildlife And Wildlands Management
Women Studies
Zoology General