Iowa State University

Iowa State Demographics & Diversity Report

What does the Iowa State student population look like? College Factual wanted to know the truth so we crunched the numbers. We analyzed racial diversity, gender ratios, age and location diversity of college campuses accross the United States. The results of the Iowa State University 2021 diversity report are below.

Iowa State Student Population

How Many Students Attend Iowa State University?

Iowa State total enrollment is approximately 33,372 students.

26,713 are undergraduates and 3,068 are graduate students.

Iowa State Undergraduate Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Undergraduates

The full-time Iowa State undergraduate population is made up of 43% women, and 57% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Iowa State Racial/Ethnic Breakdown of Undergraduates

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 20,181
Hispanic 1,670
International 1,403
Unknown 1,079
Asian 968
Multi-Ethnic 699
Black or African American 651
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 17

See racial/ethnic breakdown for all students.

Iowa State Graduate Student Population

Male/Female Breakdown of Graduate Students

About 51% of full-time grad students are women, and 49% men.


For the gender breakdown for all students, go here.

Iowa State Racial-Ethnic Breakdown of Graduate Students

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 1,441
International 1,172
Unknown 153
Hispanic 118
Asian 74
Black or African American 62
Multi-Ethnic 39
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 3

See racial/ethnic breakdown for all students.

Above Average in Overall Diversity Nationwide

Iowa State achieved a College Factual diversity rank of #768 out of 3,514 total schools in the ranking.

Overall Diversity Ranking  768 out of 3514
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Overall Diversity Score  78.17 out of 100
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College Factual measured the diversity of four different categories: student race/ethnicity, student ages, student genders, and student locations. Colleges that had the most variety in all four categories have the highest overall diversity rankings.

How Does Iowa State Diversity Compare to National Averages?


Iowa State overall diversity is higher than the national average, although some aspects of their diversity may be stronger than others.

Below Average Racial/Ethnic Diversity

15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities *

Iowa State is ranked 2,895 out of 3,790 when it comes to the racial/ethnic diversity of the students.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity Ranking  2895 out of 3790
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Racial-Ethnic Diversity Score  23.62 out of 100
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Some schools are low in racial/ethnic diversity due to catering to one specific racial/ethnic group, or because they are located in an area where they primarily serve the nearby community.

Iowa State Racial Demographics:

Race/Ethnicity Number
White 23,831
International 3,198
Hispanic 1,982
Unknown 1,473
Asian 1,149
Black or African American 850
Multi-Ethnic 799
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 24

Average Racial/Ethnic Diversity Among Faculty

Iowa State University Faculty Racial/Ethnic Demographics:

Ethnicity Number of Faculty
White 5,477
Asian 471
Black or African American 144
Multi-Ethnic 44
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2
Hispanic 0
International 0
Unknown 0

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Slightly Unbalanced Male/Female Ratio

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Iowa State ranks 1,306 out of 3,790 when it comes to gender parity on campus.

Student Gender Ratio  1306 out of 3790
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Student Male/Female Diversity Score  65.56 out of 100
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This school is more popular with men than with women.


There are approximately 14,540 female students and 18,832 male students at Iowa State.

Even Balance of Male & Female Teachers

Reporting of the gender of Iowa State is unknown or unavailable.

Faculty Gender Ratio  98.73 out of 100.
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There are more female teachers than male teachers at this school.


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There are approximately 3,389 female teachers and 3,304 male teachers.

High Geographic Diversity

Top 15% in Geographic Diversity
43.1% Out of State
5.12% Out of the Country

Iowa State ranks 363 out of 2,183 when it comes to geographic diversity.

43.1% of Iowa State students come from out of state, and 5.12% come from out of the country.

Student Location Diversity  83 out of 100.
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The undergraduate student body is split among 41 states (may include Washington D.C.). Click on the map for more detail.


Top 5 States

State Amount
Iowa 3,380
Illinois 1,017
Wisconsin 200
Nebraska 83
Texas 61

International Students at Iowa State

Students from 120 countries are represented at this school, with the majority of the international students coming from China, India, and Malaysia.

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High Student Age Diversity

High Student Age Diversity
66.17% Traditional College Age
The age diversity score this school received indicates it is doing a good job attracting students of all ages.

Student Age Diversity  67.58 out of 100.
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A traditional college student is defined as being between the ages of 18-21. At Iowa State, 66.17% of students fall into that category, compared to the national average of 60%.

Student Age Group Amount
20-21 12,607
18-19 11,320
22-24 6,519
25-29 3,021
30-34 1,156
35 and over 1,065
Under 18 0

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.


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