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    Iowa State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and now known as Iowa State University after the addition of courses such as economics, veterinary medicine, and pedagogy. It is one of the five institutions governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The official name of the university is Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

    University has 33,391 students enrolled under various courses offered by it. Iowa State University offers admissions in its 10 schools and colleges that come under it. University offers more than 100 bachelor degree programs, one professional degree program, over 100 masters programs, and over 80 Ph.D. programs.

    The mission of the university is to create, share and apply knowledge to Iowa and the world a better place. University has 800-plus student organizations, undergraduate research programs, internships, and study abroad programs. Students believe that Iowa provides some of the best degrees in fields of science, technology, mathematics, engineering, etc. they believe that education at Iowa is quite affordable and the location of the university i.e. the Ames city is just beautiful. The atmosphere at university is also pleasing with high diversity at the campus making it a popular name among universities in US.

    Iowa State University Rankings

    Iowa State University ranking is done by popular and reputed educational magazines, publications and organization including US News and Times Higher Education:

    Ranking Agency/Publication
    #401-500 in World University Ranking Times Higher Education 2021
    #264 in US College Ranking Times Higher Education 2021
    #118 in National Universities US News 2021
    #95 in Best Values Schools US News 2021
    #54 in Top Public Schools US News 2021
    #81 in Best Colleges for Veteran US News 2021
    #291 in Top Performers on Social Mobility US News 2021


    Type of University Public university
    Faculty Members 6,083
    Number of Students Enrolled 33,391
    Campus Setting Urban
    Percentage of International Students 11%
    The basic Tuition fee for Undergraduate Students 26,356 USD
    The basic Tuition fee for Postgraduate Students 31,018 USD
    Test Scores Accepted TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ Duolingo ENGLISH Test

    Iowa State University Courses

    Iowa State University offers diverse programs for its n 100 bachelor degrees combined with more than 100 master’s programs across its various colleges. University offers one professional degree i.e. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Some of the popular courses at Iowa State University include those of Engineering, Business Management, Agriculture related programs, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Communication, Journalism related programs.

    There are around 6,083 faculty members serving in the various academic units. Iowa State University has eight colleges under it which are as follows:

    • Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Business
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Graduate
    • Human Sciences
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Veterinary Medicine

    Following are the two schools under Iowa State University:

    • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
    • School of Education

    Top Programs in IOWA State University

    Programs Fees Per Annum
    M.Sc Information Systems $29,524
    M.Sc Computer Science $29,524
    M.B.A $29,524
    M.Eng Mechanical Engineering $29,524
    M.Fin $29,524

    Residential Facilities at IOWA State University

    Around 95% of the first-year students prefer to stay on-campus and as per statistics students residing on-campus have more opportunities and activities going on for them.

    Following are the various housing options available at Iowa State University:

    • Richardson Court
    • Barton Hall
    • Birch Hall
    • Elm Halls
    • Buchanan Hall
    • Wallace and Wilson Halls

    Similarly, Iowa State University has other upper-division housing options in Frederiksen Court and Schilletter and University Villages

    Iowa State University Campus

    Iowa State University is located in Ames city of Iowa. The campus is spread across 1,813 acres. This city was ranked 7 among the top 10 cities for career opportunities in 2019. As per the book ‘The Campus as a Work of Art’, Iowa State University campus has been rated as one of America’s 25 most beautiful campuses. The campus has over 600 public works of art. Reiman Gardens, located in Iowa State has been named the best public rose garden in the US. Iowa State has a number of attractions including accredited museums, public collections of sculptures, libraries, largest Grant Wood murals in the nation, and golf course.

    The university has over 800 student organizations and represents the diverse interests of the students.

    Application Process by Iowa State University

    How to Apply: International students can apply for admission online at the official portal of the university.

    Application Fee:  The application fee for undergraduate students is 50 USD and for graduate programs, the application fee is 100 USD.

    Admission Deadline: The university offers rolling admissions at the university.

    Admission Requirements:

    • Transcripts of all high schools or universities previously attended
    • Proof of financial support
    • Copy of valid passport/visa
    • IOWA State financial statement
    • Proof of English Proficiency

    English Proficiency Requirements

    International students need to submit the scores of IELTS/TOEFL to be eligible to seek admissions at the university. The required minimum scores of TOEFL and IELTS are mentioned-below:

    English Test Score Minimum Required Score
    TOEFL iBT 71 or above
    IELTS Minimum band of 6.0
    PTE 48 overall score

    Iowa State University Cost of Attendance

    Following table represents the total tuition and mandatory fees incurred by an international student under various subjects:

    Subjects Undergraduate students (USD) Graduate Students (USD)
    Architecture 28,034 USD 29,478 USD
    Executive MBA
    26,180 USD 30,796 USD
    34,250 USD
    Engineering/AST/I Tech 26,356 USD 31,018 USD
    Specific Majors/ Depts & Programs 27,818 USD 29,262 USD
    Experiential Majors/ Depts & Programs 27,260 USD 28,704 USD
    MA Real Estate Dev NA 16,480 USD

    While estimating the cost for international students to study in the USA, include the mandatory fees like building fee, technology fee, health facilities, student activities, and recreation, 

    Scholarships by Iowa State University

    Iowa State University offers various scholarships for international students studying in USA.

    Scholarship Name Amount Requirements Deadlines
    International Merit Scholarships 2,000 USD – 10,000 USD  Successfully admitted into the university; Qualifying ACT or SAT scores; Completion of general OneApp application; Completion of International Student Admissions Scholarship application; Fall Term- January 15; Spring Term- October 1;
    Anne Doyle International Student Award 1,000 USD  Newly admitted international student; Submission of academic results, essays, and letters of recommendation April 1, 2021
    Freddy Miranda Professional Development Grant Application 500 USD Provide answers to essay questions in the application; Latest resume; Statement of support from their supervisor; March 1, 2021

    Work While you Study

    Students on F-1 visas are allowed to work while they are studying the either on-campus or off-campus subject to a maximum limit of 20 hours per week while the classes are going on. This restriction stands void during vacation. Students can find suitable jobs by logging on to Access Plus, operated by Student Job Board which is provided by the Student Employment Centre (SEC).


    Students can earn money by getting employed on the campus itself while being enrolled on the course by checking the vacancies in this regard from the admission office


    Students can work off-campus at locations in Ames and surrounding communities and such jobs may consist of light yard work, housework, food service, cashier and sales clerk positions.

    Alumni Network

    There are several notable alumni of the university. Some of them are listed below:

    • Sawsan Al-Sharifi- former Iraqi Minister of Agriculture
    • Clayton Anderson- NASA astronaut
    • John Vincent Atanasoff- inventor of the electronic digital computer
    • Michael J. Dubes- retired president, Conseco Insurance Group

    Alumni Association of the university aims at facilitating a lifetime connection of alumni, students, and friends of Iowa State University. This association conducts various programs for lifting the voices of Cyclones, supporting lifelong learning, nurturing the next generation of leaders, and bringing cyclones together.

    Iowa State University Placements

    • Iowa State University has a career services center designated for students, graduates and alumnis to assist with their career choice and paths along with availing them various other opportunities.
    • The career service center also has career coaching for career counselling and career awareness where candidates get an insight regarding their profession before actually stepping into it.
    • Along with these, every faculty at the university has their own career center and services where students can visit to gain assistance and get improvising from experts for their. Career.
    • Besides these, a glance at Lowa State University graduates and alumni working as professional in various sectors (as per
    Job Position Average Salary (USD)
    Financial Services 138,000
    Financial Control and Strategy 107,00
    Programme and Project Management 104,000
    IT and Software Development 95,000
    Sales and Business Development 81,000

    • A glance at Lowa State University graduates getting salary/year depending on their degree and qualification (as per
    Degree/Qualification Average Salary (USD)
    Master (other) 106,000
    Bachelor of Science 93,000
    Master in Science 69,000
    Master in Arts 48,000

    The highest paying program at Lowa State University is mastre’s degree worth annual average salary of $106,000 and masters in arts students earn $48,000 annually, whereas looking at the employment sector, the financial services division benefits at average annual salary of $138,000 and lowest is sales and business development sector with $81,000 annually.


    Ques. How much SAT/ACT test score is required for programs at Lowa State University?

    Ans. SAT score of around 1200 and ACT test score of 25-above is required while applying for programs at Lowa State University.

    Ques. Does Lowa State University offer any application fee waiver to its students?

    Ans. Lowa State University does not offer any application fee waiver to the international students.

    Ques. Does Lowa State University provide concurrent degrees to undergraduate and graduate applicants?

    Ans. Yes, the university does have concurrent programs for both undergraduate and graduate applicants.

    Ques. What is the minimum GPA requirement for Lowa State University?

    Ans. The Lowa State University requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 –above but it does varies with programs/courses enrolled.

    Ques. Are letters of recommendation required for admission at Lowa State University?

    Ans. Letters of recommendation are optional requirements but candidates are recommended to submit it for better consideration.

    Ques. Is it hard to get into Lowa State University?

    Ans. Lowa State University has a very high acceptance rate of 92% which means applicants fulfilling the general requirement can easily be granted admission.

    Ques. What are the popular programs at Lowa State University?

    Ans. The popular majors at Lowa State University includes engineering; business, management, marketing, and related support services; agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences; biological and biomedical sciences; and education.

    $ 29,5241st YEAR

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Jul 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 29,5241st YEAR

    2 years

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    $ 12,4311st YEAR

    4 years

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    $ 23,7001st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Feb 01

    Application Deadline

    $ 25,1201st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 15

    Application Deadline

    Iowa State University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $12,431 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    2 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6--
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-71--
    SAT Check Detailed Score1285116014109
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing650600700-
    ACT Check Detailed Score25222890

    Iowa State University Acceptance Rate

    89.3 %

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $12,431 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $25,120 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $994 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $8,546 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,430 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $8,546 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,430 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $2,430 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,430 / Year

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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    College Rating

    Based on 6 Students Rating

    8.2 out of 10
    8.4/10Social Life


    7.2 /10

    Chemical in iowa's state university is one of top 50 program across the globe. Many professor here are from top university like MIT, cornell etc. They have strong alumni and professional contacts.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course work here in my department is rigorous. You have to work hard, all the course are designed in order to solve problems related to industry. So it's gonna be worth

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8.2 /10

    I was working as a software engineer in an IT company and I wanted to change my profile to a business analyst to further seek my interest, I wanted a certificate course that could help me achieve what I was seeking. In my searches, this state university popped up in my feeds, and then I googled it and honestly, it was quite impressive.

    Course Curriculum :

    We have three core subjects to strengthen the business analytics foundation and then we can choose nine electives consisting of Analytics in Finance and Insurance, Social Media Analytics, Advanced Business Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Business Data, Applied Statistics Modeling, etc.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    7.5 /10

    The total tuition rates and academic placements. There are also a lot of opportunities within the college. Those include clubs, jobs, and internships. Some other reasons were the price of housing and meals. Also the sense of community throughout the whole university. As a whole, I really loved the college after I visited.

    Course Curriculum :

    Sometimes I think it is not worth it but it has greatly helped me in my higher class.

    9 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    8.0 /10

    I opted for Iowa State University for a couple of reasons and the first is because of their great programs. They have a number of exceptional degrees including nationally known engineering programs. They also have really low costs for admission which is a huge benefit.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is great, they have many different kinds of classes that you can take to help expand your knowledge in various aspects. The classes are created to really push you and make you think k which I believe is great. Lectures and labs are still very entertaining and engaging

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    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
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    8.5 /10

    High ranking and good reputation. it is a good place to study because of theres not much distractions around the area of the campus. it is one of the safest university in the US and the people in Iowa are very kind and humble.

    Course Curriculum :

    Very good and well managed. The advising panels are helpful and will take time to work out your time management and class schedules. The curriculum is pretty heavy but is very good at preparing students for the future.

    7 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    1750 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Rd

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Pharmacy
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Mayhem Collectibles0.61 km
    The Pumpkin Patch2.69 km
    Romantix2.71 km
    Ames Christian Supply Inc2.79 km
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    Hy-Vee Pharmacy2.00 km
    Hy-Vee2.01 km
    Joseph I. Keitges, RPH2.31 km
    Hy-Vee Drugstore2.42 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Harvester Plaza1.04 km
    Lincoln Center2.38 km
    Main Street Station2.41 km
    Dakota Crossing3.20 km
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    Ames Municipal Airport3.69 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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