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Iowa State University Computer Science Programs

Located in Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University is a public institution. The location of Iowa State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

301 Undergraduate Degrees
193 Graduate Degrees
$28,935 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
89% Acceptance Rate

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Iowa State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Iowa State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#60 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Iowa State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#24 Most Popular Information Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Iowa State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Value Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#5 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#27 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#38 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#45 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#157 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Iowa State University?

Location of Iowa State University

Contact details for Iowa State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011-2103
Phone: 515-294-4111

How Do I Get Into Iowa State?

You can apply to Iowa State online at:

Admission Requirements for Iowa State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Iowa State?

89% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 89%, Iowa State is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 53% of accepted students are men and 47% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to Iowa State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 700. Math scores were between 560 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Iowa State University  ( 600 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 560 to 710 )
Iowa State received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Iowa State University  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Iowa State University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Iowa State University  ( 22 to 28 )

Can I Afford Iowa State University?

$28,935 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Iowa State is $28,935. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Iowa State, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,431 a year. That adds up to $29,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Iowa State is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Iowa State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

26,713 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 28,294 undergraduate students at Iowa State, with 26,713 being full-time and 1,581 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Iowa State

There are also 5,078 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 26,713 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, 57% are male and 43% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Iowa State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Iowa State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Iowa State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 968
Black or African American 651
Hispanic or Latino 1,670
White 20,181
International Students 1,403
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,840

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Iowa State University. At this time, 43 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 120 countries are represented at Iowa State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Malaysia.

Online Learning at Iowa State University

1,374 Took All Classes Online
7,589 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 17 master’s degree programs available online at Iowa State. In 2017-2018, 7,589 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Iowa State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Iowa State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Iowa State University was -1.0%. This is the #1,702 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Iowa State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Iowa State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & IS Security 8%
Information Technology 8%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Iowa State University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Information Technology 214 0 86 0 300
Computer Science 87 0 33 8 128
Computer & IS Security 0 5 61 0 66
TOTAL 301 5 180 8 494


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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