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Let’s get started on your transfer to Iowa State.

First, some basics. The college has two types of programs:

  • 2 + 2 Programs
  • 4 & 5 Year Programs

See below for the transfer opportunities available for both major types.

2 + 2 Programs

Our transfer-friendly, non-enrollment-managed majors allow for a “2+2 plan.” If you have an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree or have completed four semesters of general education requirements elsewhere, you may be able to complete your bachelor’s degree through one of our non-enrollment-managed majors in just two years (four semesters).

In these majors, you will begin taking courses in your major immediately upon enrolling at Iowa State. You can start your studies in the fall, spring or summer semester. These majors apply the largest number of transfer credits toward degree completion. You can also pursue these majors in conjunction with a double major or minor at Iowa State.

Our non-enrollment-managed majors are:

4 & 5 Year Programs

If you wish to pursue one of the enrollment-managed majors, you will first complete the Core Design Program and then apply for admission to your major of choice at the end of spring semester. After transferring, these majors typically take four to five years to complete. Transfer credits will be evaluated to count toward degree requirements on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, transfer credits will not accelerate time to degree completion.*

Our enrollment-managed majors are:

*Transferring from Four-Year Institutions

The College of Design allows transfer students from four-year institutions to apply for direct entry to our enrollment-managed majors, bypassing our Core Design Program, in limited cases under the following circumstances:

  • Student is pursuing a related design discipline at current institution
  • Current institution holds equal accreditation to programs of the College of Design
  • Student applies and is admitted to Iowa State University
  • Student submits application of 21- to 24-page PDF portfolio, all design course syllabi and academic transcripts to Jennifer Anderson, the undergraduate recruitment coordinator
  • Application must be made with intent to transfer to Iowa State for the fall semester

Direct-entry admission is limited and subject to faculty review and availability. Applying to transfer to Iowa State for spring entry may result in the need to enroll in one or more Core courses before applying to your major of choice at the end of the academic year.

Additional Resources for Transfer Students

Transfer Plans

The College of Design has developed agreements with several Iowa community colleges that make it easier for you to transfer to Iowa State and complete a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate’s degree.

Des Moines Area Community College

Iowa Valley Community College District

(Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College and Grinnell Community College)

Kirkwood Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College

Western Iowa Technical Community College

AA in General Studies from an Iowa community college or equivalent

Additional articulation agreements with other Iowa community colleges are under development.

Important note about AAS degrees

If you earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or complete credits labeled as Career/Technical, note that a maximum of 16 credit hours or Career/Technical coursework can be transferred to ISU.

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