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Is Iowa State University a Good School for Veterans?

As someone with prior military experience, it's a good idea to check how well the school services veterans before signing those admission papers. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Iowa State University veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Iowa State University G.I. Bill Information

Our Veterans Report on Iowa State Includes:

How Does Iowa State Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual publishes its Best Schools for Veterans ranking on an annual basis. This list identifies colleges and universities that support veterans as they pursue their education.

The 2022 edition of this list ranked Iowa State University at #83. This places Iowa State among the top 5% of the 2,459 colleges and universities in this ranking for offering vets an exceptional educational experience. The school also ranked #2 in our Best for Vets in Iowa ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. Below you'll find how Iowa State did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 78
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 90
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 61

You can also see how specific majors at Iowa State fared when compared to the same major at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Electromechanical Engineering Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Elementary Particle Physics Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Human Computer Interaction Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Energy Systems Engineering Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Condensed Matter & Materials Physics Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Condensed Matter & Materials Physics Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Inorganic Chemistry Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Analytical Chemistry Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Medical Illustration & Informatics Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1

How Many Veterans Go to Iowa State?

Colleges with a large veteran population are better equipped to support and accommodate those who have had military experience.

According to the VA, there are 814 G.I. Bill® students at Iowa State. Since the total enrollment at the school is 31,822, approximately 2.56% of the students at Iowa State are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. Putting that into perspective, the Student Veterans of America estimates that about three-four percent of all college students in America are veterans.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. This does not include active-duty military personnel who are attending the college via Tuition Assistance. Therefore, the potential total military population could be larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at Iowa State

Iowa State University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes
Eight Keys Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Iowa State University does have a student veterans group.

Does Iowa State Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, Iowa State does not offer college credit for life experience.

Iowa State might grant college credit to those who have completed specialized military training. Talk with your admissions counselor to learn more.

Iowa State Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
Iowa State does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About Iowa State

There have been no complaints registered to the VA for this college.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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