United States
Ames, Iowa
Des Moines International Airport
School type:
Admissions level:

Undergraduate - Direct

Rankings & Recognition:

#115 National Universities 

(US News & World Report 2024)

#58 Top Public Universities

(US News & World Report 2024)

#50 Engineering Programs 

(US News & World Report 2024)

#118 Business Programs 

(US News & World Report 2024)

#117 Computer Science Program

(US News & World Report 2024)

#99 Best Design Program

(US News & World Report 2023)

#20 Best Supply Chain Management Program

(US News & World Report 2022)

#32 Best Entrepreneurship Program

(US News & World Report 2022)

#23 Best Undergraduate Architecture Program


Key facts:
  • 30,708 students from 112 nations
  • 10 schools and colleges & 100 majors
  • 800+ student organizations
  • Being designated as R1: Doctoral Universities - Very High Research Activity by Carnegie Classification
  • Engineering: One of the largest undergraduate programs in the country. Average 95% placement rate six months after graduation with an average starting salary of over $70,000. 650+ companies recruit our students every year. More than 70% of engineering students graduate with engineering work experience.
  • Design: One of the most comprehensive design institutions in the nation. Undergraduate Landscape Architecture (10th), Interior Design (15th) and Architecture (22nd) programs are ranked in the top 25 nationally by DesignIntelligence. Unique partnership with the US Department of State Office of Cultural Heritage that provides students and faculty with opportunities to work on projects at diplomatic sites around the world.
  • Ames Laboratory, among the Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories, is dedicated to creating materials, inspiring minds to solve problems and addressing global challenges.
Why this school?


Iowa State University (ISU) is the most student-focused public research university in the country and the state's largest university. It is one of the Association of American Universities' 62 elected members, which is made up of the best public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. 

Classified as one of Carnegie's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very High Research Activity", ISU receives nearly $500 million in research grants annually. Breakthroughs at ISU that have changed the world are in the areas of human, social, economic, and environmental sustainability; new materials and processes for biomedical as well as industrial applications; nutrition, health; transportation and infrastructure; food safety and security; information and decision sciences; and renewable energies.

ISU is the only university in the country with a US Department of Energy research laboratory on campus. The Ames Laboratory, which is run by ISU, is one of ten national DOE Office of Science research laboratories. Ames Laboratory got its beginnings in the 1940s thanks to ISU government research that led to the creation of a highly efficient procedure for manufacturing high-purity uranium for atomic energy. Today, Ames Laboratory maintains its leadership position in current materials research, focusing its diverse fundamental and applied research strengths on issues of national concern, cultivating research talent, and developing and transferring technologies to improve industrial competitiveness and strengthen the United States' economic security.

An ISU adventure is for those who desire to make the world a better place by creating, sharing, and applying knowledge. ISU students learn from and collaborate with prominent academics who are tackling some of the world's most pressing issues, such as feeding the hungry, developing alternative fuels, and changing manufacturing. Iowa State is known around the world for its expertise in science and technology, discovery, and invention, and is home to the world's first electronic digital computer, tornado simulator, high-resolution virtual reality lab, and more. ISU is a huge university that has a small-town feel about it. A degree from here, which is located in America's Heartland, may take you anywhere.



  • Excellence Award (Automatic): $10,000 - $12,000/year (Renewable)
  • Merit Award: $4,000 - $10,000/year (Renewable) 
  • College/department scholarship: $1,500 - $5,500/year (Renewable)


  • Merit Award: $2,000 – $8,000/year (Renewable)

Tuition & Fees: $29,522/year

Room & Board: $9,726/year

Entry requirements



(Direct Admission)


GPA 3.0+ 

Transcript evaluation


English proficiency

IELTS 6.0+/ TOEFL 71+

Standardized test: SAT/ACT

Required for automatic scholarships

Special requirements: Portfolio, audition, interview, work experience, etc.




Personal statement


Recommendation letter


Application fee



Undergraduate: All Programs

  • Arts & Design: Architecture, Landscape, Interior, Apparel, Merchandising and Design, Graphic, Industrial.
  • Business: Actuarial Science, Business Analytics, Marketing, Hospitality Management, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Management, Financial Counseling and Planning.
  • Engineering & Technology: Aerospace, Construction, Software,  Computer, Biomedical
  • Computing: Computer Science, Data Science, Cybersecurity.
  • Health & Human Services: Nutrition, Kinesiology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.
  • Social Sciences & Education: Advertising, Communication, Journalism, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Public Relations.
Application deadlines

Fall intake: Rolling admission - Recommended: June 30

Spring intake: Rolling admission - Recommended: November 1

Ames is a lovely community with an abundance of natural beauty, a wide range of entertainment options, recreation opportunities, and a low crime rate. It is only a 40-minute drive to Des Moines, an important city in U.S. presidential politics. As the state's capital, Des Moines is the site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. It is a major center of the US insurance industry and has a sizable financial services and publishing business base. The city was credited as the third-largest "insurance capital" of the world.