As the state's land-grant university, Iowa State University's mission is to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
Iowa State University enrolls more Iowa high school graduates and transfer students than any other higher education institution in Iowa. While Iowa State is large, it has the feel of a smaller university because of the caring community and dedicated faculty and staff. Iowa State strives to help new students get acquainted and transition to college life through Destination Iowa State, learning communities, and over 800 student clubs and organizations.
Learning communities at Iowa State draw in over 70% of first-year students and help develop a supportive network with other students, peer mentors, and professors. The program has served over 40,000 students while offering more than 75 learning communities. Iowa State is consistently rated among the top 25 learning community programs in the nation by US News.
Iowa State also provides opportunities for students to learn and grow through internships, international study and association with outstanding faculty members. The university is among the nations' top 45 in providing well-prepared graduates, according to a 2009 Wall Street Journal survey of recruiters.
Iowa State has built a reputation for almost unlimited academic and social opportunities in a personal and welcoming environment.
Did you know? Abraham Lincoln signed the law that gave birth to the land-grant universities. Iowa State University was among the first of these colleges, which were founded on three big ideas:
- Open higher education to all
- Teach practical classes
- Share knowledge far beyond the campus borders