Academics and the student experience

Graduation crowd

Academics at a glance

Iowa State's academic offerings are administered through eight colleges that offer 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs and 83 at the Ph.D. level. Iowa State offers one professional degree program: veterinary medicine. The colleges also provide opportunities for students to learn and grow through internships, learning communities, international study and association with outstanding faculty members.

Study abroad, entrepreneurial experiences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is second in the nation in the number of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs and a leader in sharpening students' entrepreneurial skills.

Getting down to business

Curriculum and out-of-classroom activities connect theory with practice and offer hands-on, real-world experience to students in the College of Business.

Best-in-nation programs

College of Design programs continue to be among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence. The undergraduate landscape architecture program ranked 11th nationally.

Tops in technology

College of Engineering faculty include world-renowned researchers in wind power high performance commuting, product design, virtual reality, biorenewable fuels and chemicals, and other fields that are critical to today's technology-based society. Iowa State leads in another critical area -- cyber security. The university has been designated a national center of academic excellence in cyber defense education. Iowa State's undergraduate engineering program is one of the 10 largest in the United States.

Improving lives

The College of Human Sciences is one of the world's largest learning communities, bringing together scholars who work to improve peoples' lives by advancing health and wellness, education and human development, science and technology in the human environment, entrepreneurship and communities.

From arts to sciences

The largest college -- Liberal Arts and Sciences -- is also the most academically diverse with 50 undergraduate majors in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, communications and math disciplines. There's also an open options program for students who want to explore academic opportunities before picking a major.

First public veterinary college

The College of Veterinary Medicine is the oldest public veterinary college in the U.S. New treatment rooms in the medical center allow students to provide animal care in a state-of-the- art learning environment.

Longest continuously accredited journalism school

Iowa State's journalism program, now called the Greenlee School, is one of the longest continuously accredited journalism schools in the nation.

Well-prepared grads

Iowa State is among the nations's top 45 universities in providing well-prepared graduates, according to a 2009 Wall Street Journal survey of recruiters.

Scholarships for every county

Iowa State's Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards program is the only scholarship program in Iowa that provides financial assistance to a student from every Iowa county.

Learning outside the classroom

In the book, Involving Colleges, Iowa State is recognized for offering its students one of the best out-of-classroom learning and leadership experiences in America.

Faithful fans, lots of them

Iowa State continues to rank among the top five schools nationally for attendance at women's basketball games.

Most business students

Iowa State has the largest undergraduate business enrollment of any college or university in Iowa.

Most in-state students

More Iowa high school graduates and transfer students enroll at Iowa State than at any other higher education institution in Iowa.

Among the best

No. 1 on the A-List

Iowa State grabbed the No. 1 spot nationally in a CollegeAtlas ranking that assesses schools on affordability, accessibility and academic quality.

Most affordable

Iowa State ranks among the most affordable colleges with high returns on investment.

Bang for the Buck

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Iowa State No. 28 among national universities in "Bang for the Buck."

Learning communities

Iowa State's learning communities program is a regular fixture on U.S. News & World Reports "Programs to Look For."

Top 50 public universities

Iowa State is ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation by U.S.News and World Report.

Graduate programs in top 25

U.S. News and World Report ranked these graduate programs in the top 25 among public universities in 2013.

  • Biological/agricultural engineering, 5th
  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering, 17th
  • Chemical engineering, 17th
  • Civil engineering, 20th
  • Materials engineering, 21th
  • Electrical/electronic/communications engineering, 21st
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering, 24th
  • Computer engineering, 25th
  • Mechanical engineering, 24

These programs also rank in the top 25 among publics, based on 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

  • Statistics, 10th
  • Analytical chemistry, 14th
  • Veterinary medicine, 12th
  • Chemistry, 23rd

Best buy

Iowa State is among 21 public universities in the world selected as a Best Buy in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014. To qualify as a Best Buy institution, schools must have four- or five-star academic ratings, inexpensive to moderate tuition and fees, and high-quality student life on campus.

5th in the world

Iowa State University ranked fifth in the world among universities offering agriculture and forestry. The ranking comes from the latest world rankings survey by Quacquarelli Symonds.