Iowa State University of Science and Technology: Narrative Description

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Ames, IA 50011
Tel: (515)294-4111
Free: 800-262-3810
Admissions: (515)294-0815
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1858. Setting: 1,788-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $339.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $157.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9155 per student. Total enrollment: 26,380. Faculty: 1,610 (1,391 full-time, 219 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 9,172 applied, 90% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 69 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 20,004 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 1,350 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 114 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 7% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; agriculture. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Iowa Regents' Universities Student Exchange, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, rank in upper 50% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4702 full-time, $196 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,404 full-time, $601 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $724 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, degree level, and program. Part-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, degree level, and program. College room and board: $5958. College room only: $3168. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 515 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 16% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Student Alumni Association, Residence Hall Associations. Major annual events: Veishea (student spring festival and university open house), Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs, threat assessment team, motor vehicle help van. 9,455 college housing spaces available; 8,174 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University Library plus 1 other with 2.4 million books, 3.4 million microform titles, 33,914 serials, 64,499 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $16.7 million. 2,400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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