Iowa State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Iowa


Iowa State University typically ranks in the top 50 public universities in the United States, and the school has particular strengths in science, engineering and agriculture. ISU's College of Business is also popular among undergraduates. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is about a half hour drive from Des Moines. ISU's strengths in teaching and research have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. On the athletic front, the Iowa State Cyclones compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Animal Science, Biology, Civil Engineering, Elementary Education, Finance, Journalism, Kinesiology, Liberal Arts, Management Science, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 26856
Total Grad Students: 3752
Undergraduate Students: 23104
Faculty: 2186

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 56%
Percent Female: 44%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Ames Iowa 50011


Main Email:

Main Phone: 515-294-5836

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Phillip Caffrey
Associate Director, Admissions
(515) 294-5836

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Jamie Pollard
Director, Athletics
(515) 294-0123

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
To transfer to Iowa State University, you are expected to have earned at least 2.00 GPA in all college-level courses attempted. Some programs may require a GPA higher than 2.00.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, college-level courses in which passing grades have been earned are acceptable for transfer to the University; some departments may require at least a "C" grade for a specific course to be applied to the degree program.

Credits (Min/Max):
The max credits or courses that may be transferred from a 2-year institution is 65. There is no limit from a 4-year. You must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours at Iowa State to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
The submission of official ACT/SAT scores is required if you have less than 24 transferable semester (or 36 quarter)credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:

Essay(s) required:
The submission of an essay or personal statement is not required.

Application Fee:

Other Requirements:
You must submit a statement of good standing from your prior institution.

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Spring Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 28
English 21 28
Math 22 28
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 640
Math 530 670

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 3068

Transfers Accepted: 2369

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 77%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 81%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -4%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1044

Other Expenses: 2370

Room and Board: 7621

Tuition and Fees: 19358

Total Cost: 30393

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 7486

Total Cost – In-State: 18521

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Iowa State offers a variety of financial aid options including loans, grants and scholarships.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6437

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 88%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 74%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 56%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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