Your future starts now

Iowa State University has a rolling admissions policy, which means applications are evaluated when received and not after a deadline date. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will learn if you are admitted.

Admission of applicants for fall semester begins on July 1 of the preceding year. Admission for other terms begins approximately 12 months prior to the beginning of the term.

International applicants should consider visa processing timelines when applying to Iowa State.

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Application requirements

  • First-year student

    Students who are entering Iowa State University to begin their educational journey.

  • International student

    Students from around the world who are considering an Iowa State adventure.

  • Transfer student

    Students who want to continue their educational journey at Iowa State by transferring from another institution.

  • Military and veteran students

    Students who have served or are currently serving in the military.

  • Nondegree student

    Students who are not looking for a degree but want to learn something new on a part- or full-time basis.

  • Returning student

    Students who have been absent from Iowa State but want to return to complete their program of study.

Architecture student and professor collaborating in the Student Innovation Center atrium.

Affording college

A college degree is a major financial investment, and research shows it’s still one of the best investments a person can make. The best way to fast-track your scholarship, financial aid, and work-study opportunities is by applying early. Helping you succeed is our sole purpose at Iowa State. Once you apply, we can help identify all the financial resources that are available to you.

College of Design student working on class project.

A Cyclone in the Making

Find your place at Iowa State University’s College of Design, where we like to ask questions, poke and prod, create something new, and make a difference through design.