Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a member university of Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of renowned, accredited public universities from across the United States who have joined together to provide an elite online educational experience. Through Great Plains IDEA, you can select Iowa State University as your home university and take courses from universities across the consortium; this gives you access to innovative courses, industry-leading faculty, and degrees that one single university could not offer alone.

Participating Programs

Through Great Plains IDEA, Iowa State University offers a wide range of online master’s degrees and online graduate certificate programs in human sciences and agriculture. These programs provide flexibility to busy professionals who need to balance work and academic responsibilities, and they are offered at one affordable common price across programs and regardless of state of residence.

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Founded

1869

Main Campus Location:

Ames, Iowa (pop. 66,498)

Accredited By

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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Undergrad Population

28,294

Graduate Population

5,097

Number of Colleges

7

Nickname

Cyclones

School Colors

Cardinal and Gold

Mascot

Cy the cardinal was inspired by the school colors since a cyclone was a difficult costume to make.

Iowa State University Traditions

Iowa State University is a longstanding pillar in offering reputable, transformative public bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. It has a lively, tight-knit in-person and online community of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to academic and personal growth and success. 

Explore Iowa State University’s traditions to learn more about the school’s legendary fight song, campus pet swans Lancelot and Elaine, and homecoming celebration. Also, if you make it to campus, do as the locals do: step over the zodiac relief on the floor of the Memorial Union to avoid bad luck, or override a misstep on the zodiac relief by tossing a coin into the Fountain of the Four Seasons outside the front door.

As an online Great Plains IDEA student, you can experience a campus tradition by listening to a live, daily broadcast of the Bells of Iowa State at 11:50 a.m. central time each weekday that classes are in session. Learn more about the Bells of Iowa State and the Campanile that houses them.

Pursue an Iowa State University Academic Program through Great Plains IDEA

As a member university of Great Plains IDEA, Iowa State University offers elite online master's degrees and graduate certificate programs in human sciences and agriculture. With Iowa State University as your home university, you can achieve your professional goals through entirely online programs that feature faculty and staff from multiple universities who provide a student-centered, collaborative, innovative, and highly engaging educational experience.

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