U.S. News rankings: Iowa State 53rd among national publics; first in ag/bio engineering

Students study ag machinery in an Iowa State class.

Students study the inner workings of machinery during an agricultural systems technology class. Larger photo. Photo courtesy of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University is tied for 53rd among 132 public national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” undergraduate rankings released today.

Overall – in the magazine’s ranking of 311 national universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors, graduate programs and research capabilities – Iowa State is tied for 115th.

Last year, Iowa State tied for 51st among public universities and tied for 111th overall.

Iowa State is in a three-way tie with two other public universities for the top ranking in best undergraduate programs in biological/agricultural engineering. Iowa State is tied with Purdue University in Indiana and Texas A&M University.

Here’s where the magazine ranks other Iowa State undergraduate programs:

  • Best undergraduate engineering programs among 205 schools ranked: tied for 23rd among publics and tied for 40th overall.
  • Best undergraduate business programs among 494 schools ranked: tied for 48th among publics and tied for 78th overall.

U.S. News also identifies Iowa State as one of 11 public universities with “stellar” learning community programs.

In other, non-program rankings, Iowa State tied for 70th overall among 96 schools for best colleges for veterans; tied for 82nd overall among 143 best value schools; and tied for 128th among 254 schools in high school counselor rankings.

Iowa State remains listed among “A-Plus Schools for B Students.” The magazine says these are colleges with strong rankings that accept a significant number of students with “nonstratospheric transcripts.”

Complete rankings are online now and the magazine’s new Best Colleges guidebook is expected in stores Oct. 10.