Iowa State's picturesque 19-hectacre campus features a quiet lake and a park-like setting. Located in the geographic center of the U.S., Iowa State offers a pleasing mixture of urban and rural life. Iowa State's central campus was one of only three colleges to receive the American Society of Landscape Architects medallion award given to outstanding landscape sites. The book, The Campus as a Work of Art, proclaimed Iowa State to have one of the 25 most beautiful campuses in the country.
Throughout the years Ames has received many honors including:
Many students choose to live on-campus in Iowa State's Department of Residence housing. There are three neighborhoods - Buchanan Hall, Frederiksen Court apartments, and Schilletter and University Village apartments - that are open all 12 months of the year including winter break.
Linden Hall is also a popular choice for international students looking for a more traditional residence hall experience. Linden Hall is open during the academic year and winter break, but is not open during the summer months.
Explore all of Iowa State's on-campus housing options by visiting the Department of Residence website.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to live on campus. Information about off-campus living options can be found at www.amesrent.com.
Decide how you want to handle your personal finances. You may elect to open a local checking or savings account. There are automatic teller machines on campus and in the Ames community that are connected to numerous banks and credit unions.
For a listing of financial institutions in Ames visit the Chamber of Commerce website.
Thousands of miles away your adventure began and once you arrive at Iowa State it won't stop.
Iowa State is a university filled with opportunity, cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art technology, world-class facilities, and internationally renowned faculty.
Welcoming. Hospitable. Friendly. Experience why approximately 3,400 international students from more than 100 countries consider Iowa State their 'home away from home.
Below are the general admission requirements for international students. To view the admission requirements for freshman or transfer students, select the appropriate type from the left menu.
Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Customize your adventure by choosing from more than 100 majors and over 800 student clubs and organizations.
Concerts. Movies. Broadway shows. Theater. Lectures. Sports. And more. So much more. Iowa State has a galaxy of opportunities and gives you the freedom to explore and make your college adventure unique.
Invigorate your life. Broaden your mind. Discover your passion. Enjoy the adventure.
You'll meet and study with students who are in your classes. Or you can choose to join one of Iowa State's top-ranked learning communities committed to helping students achieve academic success. With an average class size of 33 students and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 you'll never be just a face in the crowd.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime.
You must have your current visa status verified by your current school by having them complete the Transfer I-20 Request Form. This form should not be completed until you have accepted your offer of admission to Iowa State University.
For more assistance in your home country, contact an overseas educational advising center available on the U.S. Department of State's website.
Each day adventurous Iowa State minds ask questions. Questions that lead to amazing new discoveries. Discoveries that change the world.
Iowa State has more than 100 majors to choose from, taught by professors who are highly respected in their fields. Professors who will engage you in discussions, invite you to research along side them, and help you unlock your potential.
Minimum performance requirements have been determined for students educated in most countries.
If your country is not listed, please send us an email with the name of your country, whether you are applying as a freshman or transfer, and we will send you the admission requirements separately.
For the purpose of applying to Iowa State, English may be considered your primary language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality and nation, and English has been the primary language used in your home. Applicants whose primary language is not English must meet an English proficiency requirement in one of the ways listed below. Note for students transferring from US schools: Iowa State does not waive the English requirement for students who have taken English courses at US institutions.
Official TOEFL scores should be reported directly to Iowa State University by the testing agency. (Scanned copies, photocopies, and Web results are not accepted.) Iowa State's reporting code for the TOEFL and SAT is 6306. For IELTS, results should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the testing center where you took the IELTS.
Otherwise qualified applicants who do not meet one of the above test score requirements may apply for conditional admission if they have the following:
If you apply for conditional admission, you will be asked on the application form if you wish to apply for Iowa State's Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP). If you would like to enroll in IEOP, please answer "Yes" to that question. IEOP is a full-time English language training program that offers classes at the same time as our regular classes.
If you meet the other admission requirements, a conditional admission letter for the bachelor's program will be issued along with the I-20 for IEOP. Please note that you must pass one of the required English proficiency examinations before you can begin regular classes.
If you prefer to improve your English proficiency on your own, please select "I do not meet this requirement yet or choose not to apply for IEOP." Your application will be held until you can submit your official examination results.