With 31,040 students enrolled from all 50 states and 101 countries (Iowa State University, September, 2012) Iowa State University is ranked among "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. Iowa State's nearly 2,000-acre, park-like campus includes over 160 buildings, a number of which are included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanton Memorial Carillon bells are housed in the Campanile, perhaps Iowa State's best-known landmark.
Iowa State's aspiration is to become the nation's best university by fulfilling its land-grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement. These goals reflect the capabilities and expectations of higher education in the 21st century and the traditional land-grant emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.
Research and Economic Development
Research at Iowa State University in areas such as health and nutrition, biorenewable energy and products, the environment and advanced materials will help solve problems and improve lives in Iowa, the nation and the world. Research is the engine that drives innovation and commercialization of technologies. Iowa State ranks 12th nationally in licenses and options executed on its intellectual property and 13th in licenses and options that yield income. In fiscal year 2011, Iowa State attracted $342.3 million in grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and gifts. Nearly 60 percent of the total was directed to research projects.
Active student learning in a stimulating research university environment through a wide variety of opportunities for individual, collaborative, and experiential learning is the focus of Iowa State University's educational programs. Iowa State's nine colleges offer over 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 200 fields of study leading to graduate and professional degrees that prepare graduates for success in a dynamic global environment.
Iowa State University is among the nation’s leading universities in research and technology transfer accomplishments. In recent years, Iowa State has launched bold new research and technology transfer initiatives in such important areas as agricultural biotechnology, plant and animal genomics, bioinformatics, “smart” materials, agricultural product and market development, human nutrition, human computer performance, biorenewables, and food safety and security, as well as research and outreach programs dealing with rural America.
Iowa State University Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve the quality of life in Iowa. ISU Extension leads the university-wide effort to engage Iowans with education and information about their issues and priorities. With an active partnership and presence in every county, ISU Extension provides local access to the resources of the university.
Leading the Way at Iowa State
• Iowa State University announced that its 2012 enrollment is 31,040, the highest on record.
• Iowa State University was recently ranked by U.S. News as one of the Best Colleges 2013.
• Iowa State’s central campus is among three university campuses to make the American Association of Landscape Architect’s centennial listing of Medallion Sites (1999).
• Iowa State holds the nation’s largest public collection of sculptures by Christian Petersen, who was artist-in-residence from 1934 to 1955.
• Iowa State University is the birthplace of the Atanasoff-Berry computer, the fist electronic digital computer.
• World-renowned plant scientist George Washington Carver received his college education at ISU.
(Source: Iowa State University, 2012)