Our Statewide Impact

Iowa State University’s statewide impact extends from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River in all 99 counties.

  • More than 20,000 in-state students are currently enrolled at Iowa State.
  • More Iowa high school graduates and transfer students enroll at Iowa State than at any other higher education institution.
  • Students come from all 99 counties in Iowa, every U.S. state, and 121 countries.
  • More than 100,000 Iowa State graduates live and work in all 99 counties of the state.
  • Iowa State is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Iowa State is one of only 21 public universities in the world selected as a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. To qualify as a “Best Buy” institution, schools must have four- or five-star academic ratings, inexpensive to moderate tuition and fees, and high-quality student life on campus.
  • Iowa State’s Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards program is the only scholarship program in Iowa that provides financial assistance to a student from every Iowa county.
  • The ISU Research Park (ISURP) is closely connected with the university, but operates independently to help tenants reach proprietary goals, and assist companies in a setting that encourages entrepreneurial ventures and working relationships with Iowa State students and researchers. More than 70 tenants who employ 1,700 employees call the Park home, occupying roughly 600,000 square feet. Current ISU RP tenants account for more than $100 million annually in economic activity. In addition, companies that started at ISU RP that have since expanded or relocated elsewhere in Iowa employ an additional 2,500. The ISU RP recently opened  the ISU Economic Development Core Facility which will serve as a hub for the university’s economic development enterprise and gateway to the Cultivation Corridor.
  • As Iowa’s only land-grant university, Iowa State University connects with citizens through Extension and Outreach’s 99 county campus, including: 900 elected county council members, 1200 faculty and staff, and 100 county offices. Each year more than one million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach education. We’re focused on feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping communities prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation better than we found it. That’s how we’re building a strong Iowa.

View a map of Iowa State University’s Statewide Economic Impact, and view your county fact sheet to see how Iowa State directly benefits your community!