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Applying to a Degree Program

Application Process

Follow this process to complete your application into our enrollment-managed programs after completion of the Core Design Program. Note changes to the Major Admission Criteria because of COVID-19.

Application Form

The applicationĀ process begins with completion of the online application form. This must be completed prior to submitting your portfolio. You may choose to apply to more than one program.

You will need your Iowa State NetID and password to log into the secure website and access the form. You will also need to be logged into the campus VPN.

Academic Integrity

By completing the online application form, you are entering into an agreement with the College of Design regarding the integrity of your application materials. Submitting this form verifies that all work included in the application materials is your own.

Iowa State University and the College of Design have zero tolerance for plagiarism and cheating. Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Violators will be disqualified from the admission review and will be reported to the university. Please refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” section under “Academic Conduct” in the university catalog for a description of what constitutes academic dishonesty and possible university actions against violators.

Submitting Your Portfolio

The online application form should be filled out before submitting your portfolio. Portfolios for the 2020 admission process will be submitted through SlideRoom with a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 20 pages. See tips on using SlideRoom. You can take pictures of your already-prepared portfolio pages and upload them as PDF files, or you can submit only images. You will be asked to describe each submitted visual (either PDF file or image) briefly in the text box provided. For details, see the Portfolio Specifications link.

Because of the university’s move to online instruction after spring break, the portfolio submission date has been postponed for two weeks to give you more time to complete your portfolio and submit it under the new guidelines. The new portfolio submission deadline is 5 p.m. CDT Friday, May 22.

Notification of Admission

After your application materials are reviewed by faculty in each program to which you apply, you will be contacted with an admission decision. In this anonymous process, a match is made between the rankings resulting from the admission review and your preferential ranking of the programs to which you apply. Of the programs that accept you, you will be invited to enroll in the program that ranks highest on your list. If you are not accepted into any of your selected programs, you will also be notified at this time.

Admission decisions and notification are completed in mid-June. Notifications will be sent via email and paper mail. Following receipt of the notification letter, you have two weeks to accept or reject the offer.

Once you enroll in a program, you will enter that program in Fall 2020. You may not switch programs during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. If you decide not to continue in a program, you should discuss options with your adviser.

If you decide you would like to move to another enrollment-managed program in the College of Design, you may re-submit your materials during the next enrollment-management cycle. In a very few cases, depending upon resources, program criteria and qualifications, special arrangements may be made in consultation with advisers and department faculty.

Key Dates for 2020

  • Submit portfolio: By 5 p.m. CDT Friday, May 22, 2020, online through SlideRoom
  • Receive admission decision: Monday, June 15, 2020
  • Accept/reject offer by: Friday, June 26, 2020

Dates for the spring 2021 application process will be posted later.


Please contact your academic advisers or one of the Core instructors who teach DSN S 102, DSN S 131, DSN S 183 or DSN S 110/115. All the best!

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