Iowa State University : Finances, Department Faculty and Campus Facilities

Set on a charming campus steeped in history, Iowa State University (ISU) offers students an inspirational academic experience.

With roots dating back to 1858, Iowa State today has over 33,000 enrolled students, 6,000 faculty members and a global alumni network of over 248,000 across 150 countries.

The university is known globally for its excellence in discovery and innovation. There are eight distinct colleges with more than 300 programs, where passionate faculty are challenging some of the world’s most pressing issues. Many members are prize winners and internationally-recognized scholars.

Iowa State University
Iowa State University


University ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities QS World University Rankings Times Higher Education World University Rankings
2022 2021 2020 2024 2023 2022 2023 2022 2021
501 301 201 400 481 494 401 401 401
-200 -100 +81 +13

What’s new

Student Innovation Center opening Spring 2020

The exciting new Student Innovation Center is set to open in 2020, where students will find an inspiring hub for ideas, experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. The USD 84 million building will offer an inclusive space that brings together a diverse range of students, faculty and external partners.

There will be unique, flexible spaces and facilities to suit a variety of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. These will allow students to engage with others from different disciplines through pilot projects and unscripted learning. They will be able to develop leadership and team-building skills, as well as gain hands-on experience that will benefit a large range of career paths.

Features of the new Student Innovation Center include:

  • Five floors spread over 140,000 square feet
  • Breakout and project rooms
  • Online learning classrooms
  • Informal areas
  • Fabrication spaces
  • 3D printing
  • Student-run café and coffee shop



How much will it cost?

Average tuition fees per year Living costs
US$26,930 US$28,544 US$15,583 US$5,655
Undergraduate Postgraduate Living costs To live on campus

Scholarships & Funding

International Freshman Merit Scholarships

Iowa State rewards international freshmen students for academic excellence. Eligible students may receive an award of USD 2,000–10,000 per year for a maximum of eight semesters. To be eligible, international students must have been offered a place to study and have submitted high SAT or ACT scores. No application is necessary, as students who submit their scores by 15 January are automatically considered.

International Transfer Merit Scholarships

Iowa State rewards international transfer students for academic excellence or outstanding achievement. Eligible students may receive an award of USD 4,000–8,000 per year for a maximum of five semesters. To be eligible, international students must have no more than 65 transferable semester credits, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0, a resume or CV, a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay.

Students are strongly encouraged to check the availability and eligibility requirements for each award.




Department and Faculty


Campus and facilities

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