Iowa State University (ISU) is one of the world's leading universities, with internationally recognized education and research programs.

Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


- Ranked 94th among Tier 1 National Universities (USNWR 2011).

- Placed among the top one-fourth of all public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. It is tied for 39th among 164 best national public universities, along with Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; North Carolina State University - Raleigh, and the University of Vermont, Burlington. Iowa State is among only 26 colleges and universities recognized by U.S. News for learning communities.

- Among public universities' engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, Iowa State is ranked 22nd, tied with the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (USNWR 2010). In engineering specialties, it is placed third among top agricultural engineering programs in the U.S.; 13th among public universities (18th overall) for aerospace engineering; 13th among public universities (20th overall) for chemical engineering and civil engineering; 11th among public universities (17th overall) for materials engineering. In addition, Iowa State's College of Business is ranked 83rd among AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited programs.

- Rated 330th in the world (QS World University Rankings™ 2009).

- 50th in the Webometrics ranking of World Top Universities 2009.

- Placed in the range 52-76th globally among the Top 100 Universities in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ARWU 2008).

- 81st among the World Best 100 MBA Programs (Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2007).

- Iowa State's programs in landscape architecture, architecture and interior design are placed among the nation's best, according to a survey of practitioners by DesignIntelligence (2009). The undergraduate landscape architecture is placed 9th among 42 programs; the undergraduate interior design program tied for 9th among 140 programs; the graduate interior design program tied for 10th among 52 programs; the undergraduate architecture program tied for 12th among 48 programs.

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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