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Rank: 108

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, as calculated by MONEY, is about $71,000 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 73% is above that of schools with similar student bodies. Students who graduate report early career earnings averaging $54,900, according to PayScale, which is slightly higher than similar students from other schools.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$21,500
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,900
Average price for low-income students
$8,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
89%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
30,116
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
35%
Average merit grant
$3,463
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$23,260
Average salary within 3 years
$54,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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