Iowa State University


Iowa State University is a public university that enrolls both undergraduate students and postgraduate students. The university was once known as the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, which now is considered to be a flagship university. It has enrolled 23,104 undergraduate students this year.

The university was established in the year of 1858, enjoying a long history as an urban university. The lush campus is located in Ames in the state of Iowa, covering an area of 1,984 acres.

Iowa State University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s programs. The vast majority of its students are enrolled as undergraduates pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree. It is also noteworthy that there also a wide range of cooperative education programs available to the students.

The mission of the Iowa State University is:

To provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities.


Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of its study programs are among the tops and approved by authorized academic organizations.


The Iowa State University comprises eight departments:

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

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Engineering
  3. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
  4. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  5. Visual and Performing Arts

According to the records made by U.S News Rankings, Iowa State University is ranked 97th among domestic national universities.

In addition to a variety of study programs it offered, the university is also famous for its several research programs, including programs in science, engineering and agriculture.


Applicants for the university are required to possess high school diplomas. General Educational Development (GED) is equally effective. It also requires applicants to take standardized tests like SAT or ACT. Among all non-academic factors, a good interview or extracurricular activities usually give the applicant an advantage.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 7,486. Students spend USD 1,970 for personal life expanses on average and USD 7,622 for accommodation.

The university offers two kinds of scholarship to its students based on the students’ qualifications. One is called Need-based Scholarships, while the other is called Non-need-based Scholarships. The former one usually provides students with a scholarship worthy USD 6,413- 7,443, while the latter one offers students USD 2,429- 3,063.

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