Iowa State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,678
4.25% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$15,310
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.796%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
90.2%
21,919 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
29,969
90.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
74.4%
4,566 Graduates

About

Iowa State University is a higher education institution located in Story County, IA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Iowa State University were Mechanical Engineering (406 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (300 degrees), and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (235 degrees).

In 2022, 8,469 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Iowa State University. 46.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,290 degrees), 13.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (454 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Iowa State University is $8,678, which is $−21,472 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Iowa State University is $8,678, which is $−21,472 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,310.

In 2022, 79% of undergraduate students attending Iowa State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,678
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Iowa State University was $8,678. The cost of tuition at Iowa State University is $−21,472 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$15,310
2022 Value
0.726%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Iowa State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,310. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Iowa State University grew by 0.726%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,088
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Iowa State University was of $9,088 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.14% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.0999% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

79%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Iowa State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 6.76% with respect to 2021, when 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0.796%
2019 Default Rate
50
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Iowa State University was 0.796%, which represents 50 out of the 6279 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Iowa State University received 21,919 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 7.67% annual growth. Out of those 21,919 applicants, 19,776 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.2% acceptance rate.

There were 29,969 students enrolled at Iowa State University in 2022. 19% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Iowa State University has an overall enrollment yield of 29%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
19,776
Accepted Out of 21,919

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Iowa State University was 90.2% (19,776 admissions from 21,919 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 91.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 7.67%, while admissions grew by 6.61%..

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SAT Scores

19%
Submission Percentage (2022)
1,060
Scores Submitted (2022)

19% of enrolled first-time students at Iowa State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Iowa State University had a total enrollment of 29,969 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Iowa State University is 27,021 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,948. This means that 90.2% of students enrolled at Iowa State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Iowa State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 72.2% White, 6.63% Hispanic or Latino, 4.1% Asian, 2.7% Two or More Races, 2.63% Black or African American, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0767% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Iowa State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (42.3%), followed by White Female (34.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.56%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (24.2%), followed by White Male (18.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.34%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Iowa State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 29,969 students. The full-time enrollment at Iowa State University is 27,021 and the part-time enrollment is 2,948. This means that 90.2% of students enrolled at Iowa State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Iowa State University was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Iowa State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    21,634 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,986 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,228 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Iowa State University is 72.2% White, 6.63% Hispanic or Latino, 4.1% Asian, 2.7% Two or More Races, 2.63% Black or African American, 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0767% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,011 students (3.37%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 569 fewer women than men received degrees from Iowa State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Iowa State University is white (6,290 degrees awarded). There were 13.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (454 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Iowa State University is Mechanical Engineering (406 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (300 degrees) and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (235 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Iowa State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,866 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (271 degrees), and Math & Statistics (155 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Software developers (500,224 people), Other managers (439,744 people), Physicians (438,173 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (355,349 people), and Civil engineers (283,941 people).

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University in 2022 are Engineering (1,866 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (271 degrees), Math & Statistics (155 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), and Biology (544 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Engineering (1,866 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (271 degrees), Math & Statistics (155 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), and Biology (544 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Iowa State University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (595,847 people), Computer Systems Design (561,426 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (521,237 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (456,533 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (449,169 people).

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Engineering (1,866 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (271 degrees), Math & Statistics (155 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (222 degrees), and Biology (544 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Iowa State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 406 degrees awarded
  2. 300 degrees awarded
  3. 235 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Iowa State University was Mechanical Engineering with 406 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,519
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,950
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 4,519 degrees were awarded to men at Iowa State University, which is 1.14 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,950).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 355 degrees were awarded to men at Iowa State University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 6.96 times more than the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 177 degrees were awarded to men at Iowa State University in General Psychology, which is 3.16 times more than the 56 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
75%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 50% of students graduating from Iowa State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 75% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 76% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Iowa State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (80% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.18% of graduates (191 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    6,290 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    454 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    289 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Iowa State University is white (6,290 degrees awarded). There were 13.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (454 degrees).

3.5% of degree recipients (296 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    3,341 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,949 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    245 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Iowa State University is white male (3,341 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2949 degrees).

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Operations

Iowa State University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.41B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−2.32%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Iowa State University had a total salary expenditure of 1.34B. Iowa State University employs 546 Professors, 526 Associate professors and 361 Assistant professors. Most academics at Iowa State University are Male Professor (406), Male Associate professor (291), and Female Associate professor (235).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Iowa State University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 905 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 538 employees, and Research with 534 employees.

Endowment

$1.41B
2022 Endowment
0.3%
growth from 2021

Iowa State University has an endowment valued at about $1.41B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Iowa State University grew 0.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.03B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $256M - Federal
  2. $14.2M - State
  3. $139k - Local

As of 2022, Iowa State University received $256M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $14.2M from state grants and contracts, and $139k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$582M
2022 Salaries
4.17%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Iowa State University paid a median of $582M in salaries, which represents 43.5% of their overall expenditure ($1.34B) and a 4.17% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$168M
Instructional Salaries
1,444
Number of Employees

In 2022, Iowa State University paid a total of $168M to 1,444 employees working as instructors, which represents 29% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
546 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
905 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Iowa State University were Professor with 546 employees, Associate professor with 526 employees, and Assistant professor with 361 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Iowa State University were Business and Financial Operations with 905 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 538 employees, and Research with 534 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Iowa State University was Male Professor with 406 employees, Male Associate professor with 291 employees, and Female Associate professor with 235 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Iowa State University.

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