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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$20,462 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
19,433 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
88.9% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
3,359 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Iowa State University is $7,098, which is $107 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $20,462, which is 288% of the cost for in-state students, and is $2,086 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,623.

In 2016, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Iowa State University received 19,433 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.4% annual growth. Out of those 19,433 applicants, 17,002 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.5% acceptance rate.

There were 36,350 students enrolled at Iowa State University in 2016, and 7% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Iowa State University has an overall enrollment yield of 37.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Iowa State University has a total enrollment of 36,350 students. The full-time enrollment at Iowa State University is 32,300 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,050. This means that 88.9% of students enrolled at Iowa State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Iowa State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.3% White, 4.74% Hispanic or Latino, 2.98% Asian, 2.62% Black or African American, 2.07% Two or More Races, 0.21% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.08% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Iowa State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (33.5%), followed by White Female (25.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (2.09%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (2.23%), followed by White Male (1.87%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (0.15%).

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In 2016, 230 fewer women than men graduated from Iowa State University. The majority of students graduating from Iowa State University are White. These 6,160 graduates mean that there were 18.1 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 340 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Iowa State University is Mechanical Engineering with 358 graduates, followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 259 graduates and General Marketing & Marketing Management with 251 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Iowa State University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Agriculture, with 872 graduates, followed by Engineering with 1,704 graduates and Architecture and Related Services with 165 graduates.


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Iowa State University has an endowment valued at nearly $711M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.07M (0.57%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Iowa State University had a total expenditure of $1.17B. Of that $1.17B, they spent $529M on salaries and $160M on benefits.

Iowa State University employs 523 Professors, 417 Associate professors, and 400 Assistant professors. Most academics at Iowa State University are Male Professors (416), Male Associate professors (275), and Male Assistant professors (219).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Iowa State University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 1,074 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 560 employees, and Service with 504 employees.



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