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Rank: 75

Iowa State University

Iowa State University, which sits about 30 miles north of Des Moines, has an excellent agricultural college, as you might expect. But the math and science departments are also among the best at any state university. In fact, some of the school's 35,000 students come from all around the world to study there (although more than half of undergraduate students are Iowan). Iowa State is an even more attractive option when considering the low tuition costs, since the net price of a degree for in-state students, as calculated by Money, is about $72,000 total. Iowa State is a leader in virtual reality, with a research center it says is "aimed broadly at enhancing the productivity and creativity of people." Students often mention the amazing friendships they've made at ISU. This could be attributed to the school's many clubs or events designed to promote school spirit. Or it could be the excellent academics. Or it could just be because Iowans are a friendly bunch. But whatever the reason, graduates seem to agree that their time spent at ISU was worthwhile. Iowa State's graduation rate of about 75% is above that of schools with similar student bodies. Students who graduate report early career earnings averaging $55,100, according to PayScale, which also is slightly higher than similar students from other schools.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university designed a flexible course offering that allows students to choose between in-person or remote classes.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$21,700
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,300
Average price for low-income students
$10,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
91%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/25
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
29,250
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
78%
% of students who get merit* grants
33%
Average merit grant
$3,740
student success
Graduation rate
75%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$22,980
Average salary within 5 years
$55,100
% earning more than $28,000
84%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university designed a flexible course offering that allows students to choose between in-person or remote classes.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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