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ISU Demographics & Diversity

Ames, Iowa

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at ISU are mostly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has low racial diversity. 24% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Iowa State University students
Race Percent of Students
White 76%
Black 3%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 7%
Race Unknown 5%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 32% more male students than female students enrolled at Iowa State University with a gender ratio of 57% men to 43% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, ISU has a comparable gender diversity ratio to other US colleges and is inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Iowa State University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 57%
Women 43%
Enrollment by gender for Iowa State University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 19,910
Women 15,082

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

ISU serves a low number of students outside of Iowa, with 56 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Iowa State University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 56%
Out of State 41%
Foreign 3%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$61,269 per year

20% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 5%
Part time Undergrads 3%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data for Iowa State University.