Iowa State University Rankings

By | April 18, 2020

Located in Ames, IA, Iowa State University is one of the best universities in the state of Iowa. On this page, you will find in-depth rankings for Iowa State University in the following areas: graduation rates, teaching  resources, financing opportunities, and alumni donations. Latest acceptance rate is also given to show how competitive is Iowa State University.

100 Alumni Hall Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (800) 262-3810
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Rankings: Iowa State University

Rankings, Ratings, and Admissions Statistics
Overall Ranking: 88
Score: 42
Peer college rating (out of 5) 3.2
Graduation and retention ranking: 102
Average freshman retention rate: 84.8%
6-year graduation rate: 67.0%
Predicted graduation rate: 61%
Overperformance(+)/Underperformance(-): 6
Faculty resources ranking: 119
Classes with under 20 students (2020): 34.4%
Classes with 50 or more students (2020): 18.2%
Student faculty ratio (2020): 16:1
Percent of faculty who are full-time (2020) 94.9%
Student selectivity ranking: 121
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile (2020) 22-28
2020 Freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class: 27%
Freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class (2020): 60%
Fall 2020 Acceptance rate: 87.3%
Financial resources rank: 118
Alumni giving rank: 79
Average alumni giving rate (2020): 17.1%

Iowa State University History

Essential Facts: Iowa State University

  • The most popular graduate school programs at Iowa State University are Veterinary Medicine, Engineering Mechanics, and Civil Engineering.
  • Iowa State is the only university in the United States that has a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory physically located on its campus.
  • In 2019, the average high school GPA of Iowa State’s incoming freshmen class was 3.68, and over 69% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above.

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General Information  
Percent of undergraduate students who live in college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing: 40%
Percent of undergraduates who are members of a fraternity: 15%
Percent of student body who are members of a sorority: 17%
Average percentage of students on campus during weekends: 60%
Are all students permitted to have cars on campus? Yes
Percent of students who have cars on campus: N/A
Is alcohol permitted on campus for students of legal age? Yes
Additional policies and regulations: class attendance policies set by individual instructors
Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I
Men’s scholarship sports: basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor), wrestling
Women’s scholarship sports: basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor), volleyball
Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station