Iowa State University was one of the first land-grant universities to be founded on the principles of equal opportunities, practical teaching and knowledge sharing. Today, it is home to approximately 36,000 students (more than 4,000 international) and offers top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. Top-notch, interdisciplinary research is carried out at Iowa State in a broad range of areas and issues of international relevance. As a land-grant institution, teaching, research, and outreach are our primary missions. Iowa State University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Iowa State also has many other program specific accreditations, including our College of Business which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), our College of Engineering which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and our architecture program which is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Iowa State University offers undergraduate degree programs in more than 100 majors. Deciding what you want to major in can be a difficult decision. Fortunately, Iowa State offers many tools to help you decide, as well as other options for those who cannot decide.
Full list of majors
Committed to help students achieve academic success, learning communities are small groups of students who generally take two or three courses together and may also live near each other in the same residence hall. More than half of entering first-year students choose to join a learning community. With more than 80 learning communities to jointhere is definitely something for every interest. U.S.News& World Report recognizes Iowa State's learning communities as one of the top 25 programs in the nation. Visit the Learning Communities website to learn more.
Life at Iowa State
Filled with exceptional academic and recreational facilities, Iowa State offers a vibrant living environment. Students share their experiences with a multicultural international student community and work towards their academic goals in serene surroundings. More than 800 student organizations, valuable academic support, plenty of athletic facilities, affordable and safe housing, and unlimited entertainment options make life at Iowa State a quality university experience.
The city of Ames is a friendly and welcoming place for new students. A small college town of 60,000, it is often characterized as ''clean and green'' due to the hundreds of acres of parks, recreational facilities, and bike paths it offers, and the fact that it has no polluting industries. Ames has been consistently listed in many ranking lists including the ones for the best college towns, the most liveable small cities of the US, and the best places to live in America. The city-wide bus system CyRide offers reliable fare-free transport for students. Ames is 30 minutes away from Des Moines (the capital of Iowa), and 3 hours away from Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Omaha, thus our students often travel together to the ''big cities'' during their campus breaks.
Ames has dozens of churches or communities of worship, including Protestant and Catholic Christian churches, a synagogue, and an Islamic center. A Hindu temple is located in the nearby town of Madrid.
Restaurants and ethnic markets
Ames has a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and food markets, including Asian, British, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Korean, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to the mainstream supermarkets, Ames also has international grocery stores, organic food stores, and Asian food stores.