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IPEDS ID: 153603
OPE ID: 00186900
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Iowa State University
3410 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011-2030
General information:  (515) 294-5836
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  34,435 (28,893 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Net Price
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty2,233366
Research and public service74278
Total graduate assistants-2,606
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,044$1,043$1,043$1,0430.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,621$7,721$7,721$7,8301.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,621$7,721$7,721$7,8301.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$18,521$18,920$18,920$19,0340.6%
Off Campus$18,521$18,920$18,920$19,0340.6%
Off Campus with Family$10,900$11,199$11,199$11,2040.0%
On Campus$30,393$31,032$31,472$31,9201.4%
Off Campus$30,393$31,032$31,472$31,9201.4%
Off Campus with Family$22,772$23,311$23,751$24,0901.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$7,990
In-state fees$1,037
Out-of-state tuition$20,804
Out-of-state fees$1,037
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid15,25787%————
Grant or scholarship aid4,61476%$32,930,906$7,137
Federal grants1,24321%$5,320,322$4,280
Pell grants1,21320%$4,992,410$4,116
Other federal grants2915%$327,912$1,127
State/local government grant or scholarships992%$624,216$6,305
Institutional grants or scholarships4,55675%$26,986,368$5,923
Student loan aid3,09351%$21,243,629$6,868
Federal student loans3,03550%$16,486,478$5,432
Other student loans4878%$4,757,151$9,768
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid119,47970%$128,344,668$6,589
Pell grants6,04022%$25,370,873$4,200
Federal student loans14,44952%$90,888,057$6,290
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$13,400$14,095$13,899
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$8,620$8,653$8,721
$30,001 – $48,000$9,688$10,211$10,063
$48,001 – $75,000$13,200$13,524$13,249
$75,001 – $110,000$16,136$16,452$16,007
$110,001 and more$17,243$17,782$17,534
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment34,435
Undergraduate enrollment28,893
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,960
Graduate enrollment5,542
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 57%
Female: 43%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 76%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 8%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 94%
25 and over: 6%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 58%
Out-of-state: 37%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 62%
Part-time: 38%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 87%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 21%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 74%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants18,3999,8438,556
Percent admitted87%86%88%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%40%35%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading460630
SAT Math530680
ACT Composite2129
ACT English2029
ACT Math2129
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 86%
Part-time students: 79%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 72 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 69%
Transfer-out rate: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 39%
6-year: 71%
8-year: 72%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 39%
6-year: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 66%
Female: 72%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 48%
Asian: 66%
Black or African American: 50%
Hispanic/Latino: 54%
White: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 68%
Non-resident alien: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations114---
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding-41-
Agricultural Animal Breeding-02-
Agricultural Economics-0--
Agricultural Mechanization, General49---
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture-81-
Agronomy and Crop Science7427d-1
Animal Sciences, General17352-
Crop Production-23-
Dairy Science19---
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management1038--
Food Science32331d
Horticultural Science3522-
International Agriculture15---
Livestock Management-12-
Soil Science and Agronomy, General-80-
Category total61468d162d
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning249--
Landscape Architecture342--
Category total13328--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Area Studies, Other0---
Russian Studies0---
Women's Studies4---
Category total4---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Physiology-21-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General141---
Biomedical Sciences, General-162-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-16-
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-27-
Genetics, General21416-
Microbiology, General1811-
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-32-
Plant Physiology-21-
Category total29639592d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-55d7-
Business/Managerial Economics5---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies---1
Finance, General212---
Hospitality Administration/Management, General3955-
International Business/Trade/Commerce0---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management109---
Management Information Systems, General109---
Management Science99---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General141---
Meeting and Event Planning69---
Operations Management and Supervision1---
Transportation/Mobility Management-1--
Category total96587d121
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Public Relations/Image Management14---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric88---
Category total23912--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-12d-3d
Computer Science462112-
Information Technology-3--
Category total4636d123d
Agricultural Teacher Education3916d1-
Curriculum and Instruction-8d05
Early Childhood Education and Teaching40---
Education, General-662
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement-0-3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-28d2512
Elementary Education and Teaching130---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education--2-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-56-6
Mathematics Teacher Education-5d--
Music Teacher Education16---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-10--
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-1--
Special Education and Teaching, General-1-0
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other---3
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-641d
Category total225137d3832d
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering8760-
Agricultural Engineering38166-
Chemical Engineering103412-
Civil Engineering, General17552d100d
Computer Engineering, General8821d50d
Computer Software Engineering28---
Construction Engineering72---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering10522d200d
Engineering Mechanics-40d31-
Industrial Engineering8317d81d
Materials Engineering43---
Mechanical Engineering299---
Systems Engineering-45d-1d
Category total1,121223d922d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management421--
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician---5d
Category total421-5d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-14--
English Language and Literature, General604--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing9-2-
Rhetoric and Composition-10--
Category total69282-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General9365-
Family and Community Services126---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General1510d-1d
Family Resource Management Studies, General9---
Human Development and Family Studies, General-472
Human Nutrition-42-
Category total24324d143d
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0---
German Language and Literature0---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General25---
Spanish Language and Literature0---
Category total43---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer13---
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator11---
Veterinary Medicine--147-
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology-45-
Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology-00-
Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health-6-1d
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-1--
Category total10011152127d
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology--0-
History, General8361-
Category total8361-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Forensic Science and Technology---1
Category total---1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies99d---
Category total99d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-68-
Mathematics, General4834-
Statistics, General261824-
Category total742736-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Human Computer Interaction-11d313d
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other839d--
Nutrition Sciences235--
Category total10625d313d
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science3301-
Environmental Studies0---
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management-10-
Forest Sciences and Biology23---
Forestry, General-00-
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management-4--
Category total5651-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science20233-
Category total20233-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies3---
Category total13---
Physical Sciences
Analytical Chemistry--6-
Chemistry, General2105-
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics-25-
Elementary Particle Physics-00-
Geology/Earth Science, General165--
Inorganic Chemistry--0-
Nuclear Physics-13-
Organic Chemistry-28-
Physical Chemistry-13-
Physics, General15-1-
Category total701732-
Psychology, General157484
Category total157484
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration59-17d
Category total59-17d
Social Sciences
Economics, General2248-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography---9
Political Science and Government, General616--
Category total13123139
Visual and Performing Arts
Design and Visual Communications, General630--
Fashion/Apparel Design15---
Graphic Design7316--
Industrial and Product Design27---
Interior Design505--
Music, General7---
Visual and Performing Arts, General133--
Category total24824--
Grand total5,384837494221
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 310
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 38
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 115
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 6
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,425
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,516
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,286
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,299
Full-time students: 90%
Part-time students: 67%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined11198
Swimming and Diving31
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1916 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics10/24/2008 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs3/1/1973 -  Accredited
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree7/1/1974 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs4/1/2013 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1970 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship12/1/1988 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
Student Counseling Service
4/1/1980 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession111
Drug law violations749297
Liquor law violations282282230
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations496561
Liquor law violations574039
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible61014
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault812
Motor vehicle theft215
  • For year 2011, line i should be changed from 2 to 1 because one of the reported arsons was actually a suspicious fire of undetermined origin.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible6914
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault402
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate3.9%5.1%5.4%
Number in default217264255
Number in repayment5,4955,1234,696
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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