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Iowa State Admissions Information

Iowa State University
Ames, IA (map)


Iowa State University is a public land-grant and space-grant research university in Ames, Iowa. Founded in 1858, it is widely recognized for its extensive research productivity and academic leadership. Iowa State students come from all 50 states and represent more than 110 countries. The University celebrates a rich cultural tradition, and is home to the largest collection of public art on any college campus in the nation. Serving as a complement to the school’s connection to the arts is its reputation in the sciences. In particular, Iowa State is recognized for its leading programs in agricultural economics, statistics, and chemistry. Distinguished University alumni include renowned scientist/educator George Washington Carver and the current president of Arizona State University Michael M. Crow.

A member of the Big 12 Conference, Iowa State hosts an excellent variety of athletic programs, including basketball, cricket, diving, golf, archery, bowling, and gymnastics. Located just 30 miles from Des Moines, Ames offers a unique combination of small-town charm and big city attractions. Iowa State students have convenient access to the town's numerous parks, cultural festivals, arboretums, and arts centers.



Basic Info

Main Address: Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone Number: (515) 294-4111  
Website: www.iastate.edu  


Type of school: Public, Research Institution  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: Division I, Club, Intramural, Intercollegiate, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 23,104  
Percent out-of-state: 31%  
Percent international: 6.75%  
Female to Male ratio: 56:44  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 18:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Visual and Performing Arts
Social Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
External Degree Program
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Cooperative Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Marching band
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #1, Best Agricultural Economics Program in the World
  • Ranked #10, Best Inorganic Chemistry Program in the Nation
  • Ranked #7, Best Statistics Program in the Nation
  • The world's first electronic computer was invented on the Iowa State campus.

Admissions Information

University officials note that an applicant's class rank, secondary school record, standardized test scores, and GPA are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include a candidate's application essay, character, extracurricular activities, geographical residence, interview, recommendations, state residency, talents/abilities, volunteer work, and work experience.

Admissions address: 100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, IA 50011-2011
Phone number: (515) 294-5836  
Fax number: (515) 294-2592  
Admissions Website: http://www.admissions.iastate.edu/  
Email: admissions@iastate.edu  
Contact Person: Marc Harding, Director of Enrollment Services  
Number of first-year applications received: 15,066  
Percent of applicants admitted: 81%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: July 1  
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores  

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT of ACT)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6306  
ACT code: 1320  
Learn more about other Large Midwest schools:
University of Iowa  

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