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's research enterprise consists of almost 100 world-class centers and institutes. The university is known for many world firsts, including the first electronic digital computer and the first moving tornado simulator. Additionally, a new Student Innovation Center is opening in 2020, which will elevate the educational experience for students.
Iowa State ranked 1st in Iowa and in the top 12 percent in the U.S. for best college value by Money Magazine. It placed 2nd for graduate and 3rd for undergraduate programs in agricultural and biosystems engineering by the U.S. News & World Report in 2019. It also has a number of top 25 graduate programs in the ranking.
It can be found spread over 1,900 acres in Ames, Iowa, which is 30 minutes north of the state capitol Des Moines. As well as a beautiful campus, students can enjoy countless internship placements, leadership opportunities and learning communities. There are also many exciting student-run activities, such as 900 organizations, festivals, parades and more.
At Iowa State, students have the opportunity to be part of a one-of-a-kind community: the progressive and inventive Cyclone experience.