Iowa State University

Iowa State University Admissions and General School Information

The Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa. The college offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in fields of study such as agriculture, business, design, engineering, education, human sciences and veterinary medicine.

About Iowa State University

The Iowa State University (ISU) was one of the first of the land-grant colleges, awarded the provision of the Morrill Act in 1864. In 1874, the university was the first in the nation to create a state veterinary medicine school.

Located in Ames, Iowa, ISU features a population of nearly 28,000 students and more than 100 majors. The university was ranked 30th among public national universities by the U.S. News and World Report in 2009. Additionally, the Iowa State University features one of the nation's ten largest undergraduate engineering programs.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

The Iowa State University accepts applications from freshman, transfer and international students. Admission for freshmen is based on four factors, including ACT score, high school GPA, high school percentile and high school completion of core subject areas. Transfer and international students require a GPA of 2.0 or higher; students must also meet freshmen requirements if they have not completed 24 transferable credit hours.

Iowa State University Colleges

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs to over 2,840 undergraduate and 675 graduate students annually. Undergraduates are offered nearly 30 different majors including animal science, agronomy, horticulture, culinary sciences, forestry, genetics, industrial technology, environmental science and biology. The college also offers several study abroad opportunities for students through travel courses, exchanges and internships.

College of Business

The College of Business wasn't established until 1984; however the university has been teaching business education since the 1920's. Bachelor's degree programs are offered in accounting, business economics, finance, international business, logistics, management, management information systems, marketing and operations. Graduate students are offered master's degree programs in accounting, business administration, information systems and information assurance, as well as a Ph.D. program in business technology. Additionally, the College of Business fall enrollment, in 2009, consisted of over 3,500 students.

College of Design

Iowa State University's College of Design was formed in 1979 by combining the departments of art and design, community and regional planning, landscape architecture and architecture. Students can participate in one of seven bachelor's degree programs, as well as an interdepartmental major program in biological and pre-medical illustration. Master's degree programs are offered in architecture, art and design, community and regional planning, graphic design, integrated and visual arts, interior design and landscape architecture.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is home to the eight engineering departments and features one of the nation's ten largest undergraduate engineering programs. The college offers 12 bachelor's programs, 20 master's and 17 doctoral degree programs in areas from aerospace to software engineering. Students at the college participate in research activities that are guided by the 2050 challenge; a challenge at Iowa State University to apply research technologies to world problems now and to come.

Graduate College

The Graduate College offers over 120 programs of graduate study. Students can also earn graduate certificates before, after and while earning a master's and doctoral degree. Those applying to the graduate college must be accepted by both the Graduate College and the college containing the program.

College of Human Sciences

ISU's College of Human Sciences was established in 1869 and features undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Undergraduate students can choose from 15 bachelor's degree programs with a human sciences undecided option; for those undecided students to explore a wide range of subjects. The college also offers opportunities for students to participate in the undergraduate research internship program and teacher program.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1898, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is ISU's largest college with 7,000 students, 22 departments and a professional school. The college offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences and mathematical sciences. Additionally, cross-disciplinary programs are offered in American Indian studies, classical studies, environmental science and studies, international studies, linguistics and women's studies.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Established in 1879, the College of Veterinary Medicine was the first U.S. public veterinary college. Graduate students are provided degree programs in veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, biomedical sciences, veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, veterinary pathology and veterinary clinical sciences. Students will also find a combined degree program offered through ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Iowa's, College of Public health.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011
  • Phone Number: (515) 294-4111