Ranking and Pride Points


Rankings - Fall 2015

  • #1 - Best College in America for Affordability, Accessibility, and Academic Quality - CollegeAtlas
  • #2 - Biological/Agricultural Engineering - US News and World Report
  • #8 - Agriculture and Forestry - QS World Rankings
  • #11 - Landscape Architecture - Design Intelligence
  • #14 - Best Engineering University - Wall Street Journal
  • #18 - Best Undergraduate Architecture - Design Intelligence
  • #19 - Best Kinesiology Program - American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • #20 - Top Fashion School - Fashionista.com
  • #21 - Best Buy College - Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • #22 - Chemical Engineering - US News and World Report
  • #22 - Best Bang for the Buck University - Washington Monthly
  • #28 - Agricultural Sciences - US News Global Rankings
  • #30 - Plant and Animal Sciences - US News Global Rankings
  • #33 - Most Affordable College with High Return on Investment - Affordable Colleges Online
  • #36 - Best Undergraduate Engineering Program - US News and World Report
  • #45 - Best University for producing well-prepared graduates - Wall Street Journal
  • #45 - Best National University - Washington Monthly
  • #68 - Physics - US News Global Rankings
  • #80 - Best Undergraduate Business Program - US News and World Report
  • #86 - Best College for Your Money - Money Magazine
  • Top 200 World University - QS World University Rankings, US News and World Report Global Rankings and ARWU (Shanghai)

Top Graduate Programs - U.S. News and World Report

  • #3 - Biological/agricultural engineering
  • #13 - Veterinary medicine
  • #14 - Analytical chemistry
  • #16 – Higher Education Administration
  • #19 – Statistics
  • #23 - Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering
  • #24 - Materials engineering
  • #25 - Industrial/manufacturing engineering
  • #30 - Chemical engineering
  • #37 - Civil engineering
  • #41 - Electrical/electronic/communications engineering
  • #43 – Best Engineering School
  • #43 - Mechanical engineering
  • #45 – Chemistry
  • #48 - Environmental Engineering
  • #50 - Physics
  • #53 - Computer engineering
  • #63 – Computer Science
  • #63 - Best Business School
  • #83 – Best Education School

Pride Points – Iowa State University – June 2015

Top Research University

Iowa State University belongs to the Association of American Universities, which comprises 61 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.

College of Engineering

College of Engineering faculty include world-renowned researchers in wind power high performance commuting, product design, virtual reality, biorenewable fuels and chemicals, and other fields that are critical to today's technology-based society. Iowa State leads in another critical area -- cyber security. The university has been designated a national center of academic excellence in cyber defense education. Iowa State's undergraduate engineering program is one of the 10 largest in the United States.

Top Research University

Iowa State and the city of Ames make an impressive research combination that includes:

  • A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory (Ames Lab)
  • Five U.S. Department of Agriculture research laboratories
  • The nation’s finest genomic-based agricultural breeding programs
  • World-renowned virtual reality facilities, plant science and bioeconomy institutes
  • One of the nation’s most successful technology transfer programs
2011 Nobel Prize Winner

Dan Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, a discovery that forced scientists to rethink ideas about matter and its atomic arrangement. Shechtman is an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, a research scientist for the U.S. Department or Energy's Ames Laboratory, and a professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Invention of the Digital Computer

Among the many inventions and accolades Iowa State has received over the years, perhaps the most famous is the fact that Iowa State is the birthplace of the world’s first electronic, digital computer.

Professional Accreditation

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits less than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Iowa State's undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) and graduate Master of Architecture (MArch) degree programs are both accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.

Iowa State’s 12 engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.