Iowa State University

Iowa State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Iowa State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Iowa State University Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Iowa State University was awarded 3,504 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general human development and family studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Iowa State as #89 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Iowa State held the #146 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 40 colleges in Iowa, Iowa State is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for Iowa State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Iowa State?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 88%, some consider Iowa State to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to Iowa State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 480 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 530 to 680 )
Iowa State received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Iowa State University  ( 21 to 28 )

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Iowa State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Iowa State University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Iowa State University is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Iowa State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Iowa State University has a freshmen retention rate of 89%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Iowa State for first-time, full-time students is 47%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,843 undergraduates at Iowa State with 25,271 being full-time and 1,572 being part-time.

How Much Does Iowa State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Iowa State is $16,002. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Iowa State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,766 $11,427 $14,641 $17,806 $19,491

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Iowa State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Iowa State, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,003 a year. That adds up to $32,012 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Iowa State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Iowa State make around $57,351 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Iowa State graduates since it is 35% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Iowa State University make the most money.

Location of Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public institution located in Ames, Iowa. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Iowa State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2103
Phone: 515-294-4111

Iowa State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 119 majors graduated from Iowa State University. Of these students, 6,998 received undergraduate degrees and 1,280 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 451 $64,842
Business Administration & Management 350 $50,665
Computer Engineering 328 $72,598
Marketing 270 $44,875
Finance & Financial Management 258 $51,055
Health & Physical Education 242 $32,074
Design & Applied Arts 239 $37,065
Agricultural Economics & Business 236 $46,032
Teacher Education Grade Specific 219 $39,738
Animal Science 210 $35,828

Learn more about the majors offered at Iowa State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Iowa State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 28,334 students took at least one online class at Iowa State University. This is an increase from the 7,802 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 28,334 4,289
2018-2019 7,802 1,298
2017-2018 7,589 1,374
2016-2017 6,733 1,406
2015-2016 6,211 1,517

Learn more about online learning at Iowa State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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