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Iowa State - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Iowa State University

Iowa State University

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Iowa State University

Iowa State University

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Iowa State University

Iowa State University

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Iowa State Description:

Iowa State University typically ranks in the top 50 public universities in the United States, and the school has particular strengths in science, engineering and agriculture. ISU's College of Business is also popular among undergraduates. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is about a half hour drive from Des Moines. ISU's strengths in teaching and research have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. On the athletic front, the Iowa State Cyclones compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 30,748 (25,553 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 56% Male / 44% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,726 (in-state); $20,278 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,043 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,721
  • Other Expenses: $2,430
  • Total Cost: $18,920 (in-state); $31,472 (out-of-state)

Iowa State Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,666
    • Loans: $6,586

Scholarships for Iowa State (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Animal Science, Biology, Civil Engineering, Elementary Education, Finance, Journalism, Kinesiology, Liberal Arts, Management Science, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 23%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Iowa State Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.public.iastate.edu/~strategicplan/

Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

In carrying out its mission, Iowa State will increase and support diversity in the university community. Diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares students for lifelong, productive participation in society.

Create knowledge through world-class scholarship in teaching, research, and creative endeavors.

Share knowledge through outstanding undergraduate, graduate, professional, and outreach programs.

Apply knowledge to improve the quality of life for current and future generations.

We accomplish our mission:

  • through innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement,
  • with honesty, integrity, and professional ethics, and
  • with sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of our state, nation, and the world.
Core Values
We value:
  • land-grant ideals,
  • a diversity of ideas, peoples, and cultures,
  • intellectual freedom,
  • leadership, and
  • excellence in all we do.

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