College Facts

Brief History

Engineering was one of the first programs offered at Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) when the university was established in 1858. The first students who arrived in 1869 studied agriculture and mechanics. Soon after, several branches of engineering developed out the mechanics course. When the first Iowa State class graduated in 1872, six of the 26 students graduated with engineering degrees – four in civil and two in mechanical. Read more about ISU engineering through the years on our history page.

Our Passion

Educating future engineering leaders… conducting research to address our greatest challenges… using technology to make a difference… celebrating diversity of thought and culture… and creating solutions to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Degree Programs

  • 12 undergraduate degree programs
  • 5 engineering minors
  • 14 interdepartmental graduate programs in 10 areas of study
  • Certificate program in engineering leadership
  • Concurrent dual degree programs
  • An “undeclared engineering” program for freshmen (about one third of our first-year students enter this program)

Enrollment

Record enrollment of 8,789 students (fall 2014) – undergraduate enrollment ranks 8th largest in the country.

Quick Facts

  • 95% placement rate six months after graduation with average starting salary of $62,000.
  • One of the largest annual engineering career fairs in the country with about 350 employers and more than 6,250 students attending.
  • More than 70% of engineering students graduate with engineering work experience.
  • Academic resources include dedicated advisors in each department, an academic success center, computer labs, disability resources, help room, tutoring services and other support programs.
  • $82 million spent on externally sponsored research last year.
  • 250+ faculty dedicated to teaching, research and student achievement.
  • Internships, learning communities, study abroad, 60+ engineering organizations and hands-on experience help shape student success.
  • 84% of full-time, first-year engineering students are members of learning communities.
  • The engineering college is consistently ranked a top 25 engineering program at public universities.
  • The college provides statewide K-12 STEM outreach and training programs.
  • Many groups and resources at the college and university geared toward inclusion – examples include the Society of Women Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, National Society for Black Engineers, the LGBTA Alliance and many more.

Points of Pride

Learn more about our engineering points of pride and significant achievements through the years at our college history page.

Iowa State University

Learn more about Iowa State at the university profile page.