Iowa State Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Iowa State University Admissions Overview:

Iowa State has an acceptance rate of 87%, making it open to many. Students can apply to the school online. Along with an application, students will need to submit scores from the SAT or ACT, along with high school transcripts. For more information, feel free to contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2016):

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. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, football, track and field, softball, volleyball, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 36,350 (30,671 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 57% Male / 43% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,219 (in-state); $21,583 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $995 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,356
  • Other Expenses: $2,430
  • Total Cost: $20,000 (in-state); $33,364 (out-of-state)

Iowa State Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 79%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,425
    • Loans: $6,899

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 18%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 44%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Wrestling, Football, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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