About Iowa State

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Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university, where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing.

At a glance

Location

Ames, Iowa

Founded

1858 (first class: 1869)

Enrollment

33,660 students

Academics

10 schools and colleges
100 majors

President

Steven L. Leath

Mission

Create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Athletics

Cyclones
Big 12 Conference

Famous Alumni

George Washington Carver, Carrie Chapman Catt, John Vincent Atanasoff

What's a Land-grant?

Abraham Lincoln signed the law that gave birth to the land-grant universities -- "people's colleges," which were founded on three big ideas:

  • Open higher education to all
  • Teach practical classes
  • Share knowledge far beyond campus