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Located in Ames, Iowa, just 35 minutes from the state capital of Des Moines, Iowa State University is the nation’s oldest land-grant university, with a long history of achievement in science engineering. There are more than 31,000 total students enrolled at Iowa State. In the College of Engineering, there are close to 6,500 undergraduates and over 1,000 graduate students pursuing their degrees. Iowa State is a Carnegie Foundation Research University, a designation that allows us to attract some of the world’s most remarkable researchers and faculty. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Iowa State as one of the nation’s top 50 public universities, with our engineering graduate programs ranked among the nation’s top 30 percent.


Most College of Engineering graduate students (approximately 80% of the PhD students and 60% of the on-campus master’s students) receive a graduate assistantship.  These assistantships help to pay for tuition and earn a stipend every month. The current monthly stipend range for a half time graduate assistant is $1,700 – $4,000. These graduate teaching, research, and administrative assistantships and fellowships are available through the individual programs and affiliated institutes within the college.

Bridge Funding: Arrival of New Child -Starting July 1, 2013, Graduate assistants, Post Docs, and Pre Docs may request up to six weeks of funding for the arrival of a new child.