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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, AMES, IOWA - ADMISSION

Ames, IowaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1858Established Year
  36158Enrollment

Iowa State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Iowa State University is a highly reputed university with large enrollments of around 35,000 students each year. With a wide range of courses in more than 50 subject areas, the university is always in demand. The academic sessions here begin in Fall and Spring seasons, with few courses in Summers as well.

In Fall 2019, Iowa State University saw a total enrollment of 33,391 students. It has ten schools and colleges and around a 100 majors.

  • The students seeking admission for different courses can apply at the official website.
  • ACT and SAT scores are not required but are recommended for early decision.
  • International students have to meet additional requirements to secure admission.

Highlights

Application PortalOfficial Website
Application Fee (non-refundable)UG: 50 USD for International students
PG:100 USD for International students
Mode of PaymentU-bill
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring season
Work ExperienceRequired for MBA
Financial AidGrants, loans, work-study, and Scholarships

Iowa State University Admissions Deadline

The full-time academic session at Iowa State University begins in the Fall and Spring seasons. The students may apply up to one year in advance for early decision. Currently, the admission process for the session in the Fall season is ongoing.

CourseDeadline
Undergraduate
Early AdmissionSpring: Aug 1
Fall: Feb 1
Summer: Feb 1
RegularMarch 31
Postgraduate
RegularVaries with course

Iowa State University International Students Admissions

Guidelines for International Students

  • Academic records must be submitted in both the student’s native language and in English.
  • Proof of Financial statement via Iowa state financial statement. The visa eligibility form will be issued after the verification of the financial statement.
  • English Proficiency Test score to be sent directly from the Testing agency to Iowa State University.
  • Advised to use the online Letter Recommendation process.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Admission Requirements at Iowa State University needs the International students to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting any one of the following English Proficiency Test scores:

Test NameMinimum Score Required (Undergraduate)Minimum Score Required (Graduate)Iowa State University Code
TOEFLiBT- 71 with at least 17 in the Speaking and Writing sections
PBT- 17 in all sections
iBT- 80-100
PBT- 500-600
6306
IELTS6.0 with all subscores 5.5 or above6.0-7.5Doesn't use codes
PTE4850-70Doesn't use codes

Undergraduate applicants can also use DET(Duolingo English Test) to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum score must be 100.

Requirements for International Students Visa

All admitted international students require an F-1 or J-1 student visa to be able to study at Iowa State University. 

  • After the student is selected for admission, the university will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20). Once received, check all the details carefully.
  • Completed non-immigration visa application form (DS-156) with passport size photo. 
  • A valid passport.
  • Receipt of visa application fee.
  • Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt).
  • Additional documents: Transcript(s), scores of any standardized tests taken, financial evidence showing sufficient funds.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Admissions

At Iowa State University, there are six undergraduate colleges that offer more than 100 major programs. The general admission process for ISU’s undergraduate programs is given below.

How to apply: Apply on the official website

Application Fees: 40 USD

Academic requirements: High School Transcripts, English Proficiency Test score for International students. ACT/SAT scores are not mandatory for admission, but providing them will speed up the admission process of the student.

Financial Aid: Student loans and Scholarships.

Supporting Documents: Authorised financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport.

Iowa State University Graduate Admissions

Iowa State University enrolls around 10,000 students each year in more than 150 graduate programs. Each program offered here has different admission requirements and eligibility criteria.

How to apply: The students have to apply through the official website.

Application Fees: 60 USD for US students and 100 USD for International Students

When to apply: The application deadline varies from course to course.

Academic Requirements: Transcripts, GPA of 3.0 or higher, different standardized test scores as specified by the program, English Proficiency score for International students, Recommendation letters. Academic requirements vary from course to course.

Financial Aid: Student loans, work-study, and Scholarships.

Supporting Documents: Verified financial bank statement, Proof of financial support or sponsor, International information sheet, authorized clearance for transfer students.

Popular Courses at Iowa State University

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Admissions

MBA at the Iowa State University #47 in Top 50 MBA Programs in 2020 U.S. News & World Report. The students should apply as soon as possible and not wait for the deadline.

Application DeadlineFall Semester: US students- July 1
International students- Spring:December 1
Fall: July 1
Application PortalOfficial Website
Application FeesUS students: 60 USD
International Students: 100 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic Records
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
GMAT/GRE
2+ years of work experience
Supporting DocumentsTwo essays; Current Resume; Two Letter of Recommendation; State of Purpose
Additional Requirements for International studentsTOEFL score: PBT- 600; iBT- 100
IELTS score: 7.0; PTE Score: 68
Cost of Attendance (per semester)Resident: 6,392.20 USD
International students: 14,416 USD

Graduate Program in Aerospace Engineering Admissions

ISU College of Engineering was ranked 41st among 205 graduate engineering schools by US News and World Report 2020. It's comparatively lower tuition and cost of living in Iowa makes the course extremely affordable without compromising with the quality.

Application DeadlineFall Semester: January 15
Spring Semester: September 1
Application PortalOfficial Website
Application FeesUS students: 60 USD
International Students: 100 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic Records
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
GRE – 2+ years of work experience
Supporting Documents1-3 Letters of Recommendation; Statement of Purpose; Current Resume
Additional Requirements for International studentsTOEFL score: PBT- 550; iBT- 80; IELTS score: 6.5 & PTE Score: 52
Cost of Attendance (per semester)Residents: 6,370.20 USD
International students: 13,589.20 USD

Master in Business Analytics (MBS) Admissions

Designed for graduate students as well as working professionals, it equips business analysts, data scientists or analytic system designers to dead with problems arising in business decision-making.

Application DeadlineSummer Semester: June 30
Application PortalOfficial Website
Application FeesUS students: 60 USD
International Students: 100 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic Records
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Supporting DocumentsLetters of Recommendation(1-3)
Statement of Purpose
Additional Requirements for International studentsTOEFL score: PBT- 600; iBT- 100
IELTS score: 7.0
PTE Score: 68
Cost of Attendance (per semester)Residents: 6,392.20 USD
International students: 14,416 USD

Graduate Program in Material Science and Engineering(MSE) Admissions

Iowa State University's ISU is one of the top in the U.S. It is also one of the largest in the nation and boasts of distinguished faculty members.

Application DeadlineFall Semester: February 2, applications accepted year round
Application PortalOfficial website
Application FeesUS students: 60 USD
International Students: 100 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic Records
GPA: higher than 3.0
GRE: Verbal-145; Written- 3.0; Quantitative-155
Supporting DocumentsLetters of Recommendation; Statement of Purpose
Requirements for International studentsTOEFL score: PBT- 550; iBT- 79
IELTS score: 6.5
PTE Score: 53
Cost of Attendance (per semester)Residents: 6,370.20 USD
International students: 13,589.20 USD

MS Applied Mathematics Admissions

Application DeadlineFall Semester: February 1
Application PortalOfficial website
Application FeesUS students: 60 USD
International Students: 100 USD
Academic RequirementsAcademic Records
GPA: higher than 3.0
GRE: Verbal-145; Written- 3.0; Quantitative-155
Supporting DocumentsLetters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose
Requirements for International studentsTOEFL score: PBT- 550; iBT- 79
IELTS score: 6.5
PTE Score: 53
Cost of Attendance (per semester)Residents: 5,519.20 USD
International students: 13,428.20 USD

Iowa State University has provided the students with specific admission guidelines. Every year, the batches get full quite quickly, so it better for the students to complete their admission process as soon as possible.

FAQs

Ques. Is there any difference between letter of support and bank statement?

Ans. Usually, the letter of support is a promise of financial support by an applicant's parents or sponsor. It also states the amount of money that will be provided to the student annually for the year the student is being sponsored for. Whereas, a bank statement shows a student's first year funds which are readily available.

Ques. Is there a common graduate application deadline for Iowa State University?

Ans. Application deadlines vary for different academic programs as they may have different supplemental requirements. International applicants should check program-specific requirements and deadlines.

Ques. Can I apply to more than one graduate program at ISU? If yes, how many LORs are required for all the programs?

Ans. Yes, you can. However with each extra program, application fee must be paid each time. Only three letters of recommendations are required irrespective of the number of applications submitted by the applicant.

Ques. What GPA is required to get admission into IowaState University?

Ans. While there is no guarantee of admission for meeting minimum GPA and test scores requirements, a GPA of 3.64 is considered to be 'above average', as per ISU's standards.

Ques. How much does an international student need to arrange in order to study at Iowa State University?

Ans. For undergraduate international students, expenses add up to around 40,860 USD annually. For graduate international students, the estimated amount adds up to 42,962 USD annually.

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