2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$15,422

Net Price

91%

Admitted

29%

Enrolled

76%

Graduation Rate

18/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Iowa State University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 30,708. In 2021, there were 194 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #3 in Iowa and ranks #142 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Post Master Certificate, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

194

Total Enrollment

30,708

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Ranking for Iowa State University

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#3

Iowa Rank

Combining ranking factors for 28 schools that offer psychology degrees in Iowa, Iowa State University ranks #3.

#142

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Iowa State University ranks #142.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Iowa State University offers General Psychology at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers General Psychology. At the post master certificate level General Psychology are offered. At the doctorate level General Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPMCPhD
General Psychology1744214
Total Graduates1744214
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs
  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) – Clinical training programs at the master’s, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs Student Counseling Service

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 20,357 students applied to the Iowa State University. The university admitted 91% and 29% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Iowa universities is 4,350. On average, all Iowa institutions admit 76% and 23% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Iowa State University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 88%. Compared to all Iowa four or more years colleges, the percentage is 69%.

The overall graduation rate for Iowa State University is 76%, compared to 60% for all Iowa universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 22%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare ISU to Iowa Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Iowa State University to the average of all Iowa four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

ISU

20,357

Applicants

91%

Percent Admitted

29%

Percent Enrolled

88%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

76%

Graduation Rate

IA Colleges

4,350

Applicants

76%

Percent Admitted

23%

Percent Enrolled

69%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

60%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 2,174 or 87% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 335 or 13% part-time faculty members employed at Iowa State University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 1,485 or 59%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

ISU

18 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

87%

Percent Full-Time

13%

Percent Part-Time

59%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

IA Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

53%

Percent Full-Time

47%

Percent Part-Time

52%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Iowa State University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $8,324, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $10,140 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,264.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Iowa State University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Iowa State University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$9,088
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,430
Total Living Expenses$11,518
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$8,324
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,000
Total Undergraduate Expenses$20,842
In-State, Graduate Tuition$10,140
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,264
Total Graduate Expenses$11,404
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Iowa State University is $15,422. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Iowa State University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$9,766$8,148
$30,001 – $48,000$11,427$9,986
$48,001 – $75,000$14,641$12,717
$75,001 – $110,000$17,806$16,964
$110,001 and more$19,491$19,610
US Department of Education

Compare Iowa State University to all Iowa universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

ISU

$20,842

Cost to Attend

$8,659

Average Financial Aid

93%

Percent Receiving Aid

$15,422

Net Price

IA Colleges

$37,601

Cost to Attend

$16,282

Average Financial Aid

95%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,535

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 4,649 or 93%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 19,984 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $8,659.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid19,984$8,659
Pell Grants5,312$4,736
Federal Student Loans12,868$6,142
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Iowa State University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

ISU

19,984

Grant or Scholarship Aid

52%

Grants or Scholarships

5,312

Number of Pell Grants

14%

Pell Grants

12,868

Federal Student Loans

34%

Federal Student Loans

IA Colleges

2,522

Grant or Scholarship Aid

50%

Grants or Scholarships

980

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

1,563

Federal Student Loans

31%

Federal Student Loans

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