Iowa State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,098

6.77% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$13,623

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.45%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

87.5%

19,433 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

36,350

88.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

74.3%

3,359 Graduates

About

Iowa State University is a higher education institution located in Story County, IA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Iowa State University were Mechanical Engineering (358 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (259 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (251 degrees).

In 2016, 8,388 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Iowa State University. 48.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (6,160 degrees), 18.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (340 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Iowa State University is $7,098, which is $-18,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Iowa State University is $7,098, which is $-18,758 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,098

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Iowa State University was $7,098. The cost of tuition at Iowa State University is $-18,758 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$13,623

2016 Value

0.176%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Iowa State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,623. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Iowa State University grew by 0.176%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,070

Room and Board

$1,034

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Iowa State University was of $8,070 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,034. The cost of room and board increased by 3.07% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.863% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Iowa State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.49% with respect to 2015, when 67% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

3.45%

2015 Default Rate

205

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Iowa State University was 3.45%, which represents 205 out of the 5940 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

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.

Acceptance Rate

87.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

17,002

Accepted Out of 19,433

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Iowa State University was 87.5% (17,002 admissions from 19,433 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 87.2%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 1.4%, while admissions grew by 1.8%.

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SAT Scores

7%

Submission Percentage

463

Scores Submitted

7% of enrolled first-time students at Iowa State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

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, 0.206% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0798% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Iowa State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (42.1%), followed by White Female (32.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (2.63%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (23.7%), followed by White Male (19.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (1.63%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Iowa State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 36,350 students. The full-time enrollment at Iowa State University is 32,300 and the part-time enrollment is 4,050. This means that 88.9% of students enrolled at Iowa State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%

2016 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 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Iowa State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    25,550

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,724

  3. Asian

    1,083

The enrolled student population at Iowa State University is 70.3% White, 4.74% Hispanic or Latino, 2.98% Asian, 2.62% Black or African American, 2.07% Two or More Races, 0.206% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0798% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 2,052 students (5.65%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 230 fewer women than men received degrees from Iowa State University. The majority of degree recipients at Iowa State University are white (6,160 degrees awarded). There were 18.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (340 degrees).

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

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 Agriculture (872 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,704 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (165 degrees).

Workforce

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 Miscellaneous managers (438,215 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (339,833 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (300,191 people), Civil engineers (233,245 people), and Mechanical engineers (152,129 people).

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Agriculture (872 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,704 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (165 degrees), Human Sciences (379 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (113 degrees).

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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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Agriculture (872 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,704 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (165 degrees), Human Sciences (379 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (113 degrees).

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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 Architectural, engineering & related services (532,843 people), Computer Systems Design (380,908 people), Construction (285,390 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (214,627 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (183,485 people).

The most specialized majors at Iowa State University are Agriculture (872 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,704 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (165 degrees), Human Sciences (379 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (113 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 358 degrees awarded

  2. 259 degrees awarded

  3. 251 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Iowa State University was Mechanical Engineering with 358 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,309

  2. 4,079

In 2016, 4,309 degrees were awarded to men at Iowa State University, which is 1.06 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,079).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 323 degrees were awarded to men at Iowa State University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 9.23 times more than the 35 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 225 degrees were awarded to women at Iowa State University in Dietetics, which is 15 times more than the 15 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%

100% Completion Time

69%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 39% of students graduating from Iowa State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (79.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Iowa State University is Female and White (79.6% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 2.65% of graduates (89 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,160 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    340 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    309 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Iowa State University is white (6,160 degrees awarded). There were 18.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (340 degrees).

3.68% of degree recipients (309 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    3,124 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    3,036 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    172 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Iowa State University is white male (3,124 degrees awarded). There were 1.03 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (3,036 degrees).

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Operations

Iowa State University has an endowment valued at nearly $712M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.07M (0.571%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Iowa State University had a total expenditure of $1.17B. Of that $1.17B, they spent $530M on salaries and $1.17B on benefits.

Iowa State University employs 521 Professors, 398 Associate professors, and 397 Assistant professors. Most academics at Iowa State University are Male Professors (409), Male Associate professors(262), and Male Assistant professors (213).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Iowa State University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 1152 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 570 employees, and Research with 520 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$712M

2015 Endowment

1.32%

growth from 2014

Iowa State University has an endowment valued at about $712M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Iowa State University grew 1.32% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $441M 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. $145M - Federal

  2. $18.4M - State

  3. $24.8k - Local

As of 2015, Iowa State University received $145M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $18.4M from state grants and contracts, and $24.8k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$530M

Salary Expenditure

$1.17B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Iowa State University had a total expenditure of $1.17B. Of that $1.17B, they spent $530M on salaries and $1.17B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Iowa State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$530M

2015 Salaries

5.34%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Iowa State University paid a median of $530M in salaries, which represents 45.3% of their overall expenditure ($1.17B) and a 5.34% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.34% growth from 2013 and a 4.98% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$159M

Instructional Salaries

1,587

Number of Employees

In 2015, Iowa State University paid a total of $159M to 1,587 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

521 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1152 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Iowa State University were Professor with 521 employees; Associate professor with 398 employees; and Associate professor with 397 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Iowa State University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 1,152 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 570 employees; and Research with 520 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Iowa State University was Male Professor with 409 employees, Male Associate professor with 262 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 213 employees.

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

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