Why ISU

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad programs. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing. Do you want to be a part of something that moves the world forward? Here at ISU it’s possible to combine both your work and interests and be passionate about both. Here’s why:

  • Research
    Iowa State University researchers are tackling the grand challenges of the 21st century through groundbreaking research in biobased chemicals and other biorenewable products, precision agriculture, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, advanced manufacturing and materials, and data-driven science. Not only do our researchers have a longstanding tradition of innovation and discovery, they work across disciplines to find solutions and improve lives in Iowa, the nation and the world.
  • Geographic Location
    Our campus is conveniently located 45 minutes north of Des Moines and just hours from Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and Chicago.
  • Family Friendly
    Iowa State is located in the heart of the Ames community. We offer safe neighborhoods, nationally recognized schools and many family friendly activities.
  • Reputation
    Iowa State University and the Ames community continue to be recognized as great places to work and live:
  • Award-Winning Faculty and Staff
    Our faculty and staff are regularly recognized often with a variety of honors and awards.
  • Big 12 Conference
    ISU's 16 varsity teams (6 men's and 10 women's teams) compete in the Big 12 Conference, one of the premier athletic conferences. 
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