28 Facts About Iowa State


Iowa State University of Science and Technology is a public land-grant research university in Ames, Iowa.

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Iowa State is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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Iowa State is the second-largest university in the State of Iowa by undergraduate enrollment.

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Iowa State University is one of three universities that claims to be the first land-grant institution in the United States, the others being Michigan State University and the Pennsylvania State University.

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Farm House, the first building on the Iowa State campus, was completed in 1861 before the campus was occupied by students or classrooms.

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Iowa State became the first land grant university in the nation to offer training in domestic economy for college credit.

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Iowa State expanded the university administration, and added Morrill Hall, the Campanile, Old Botany, and Margaret Hall to the campus, all of which stand today.

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The idea was first proposed by Professor Samuel Beyer, the college's "patron saint of athletics, " who suggested that Iowa State inaugurate a celebration for alumni during the annual football game against rival University of Iowa.

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However, the short-form name "Iowa State University" is used even in official documents such as diplomas.

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Breakthroughs at Iowa State changing the world are in the areas of human, social, economic, and environmental sustainability; new materials and processes for biomedical as well as industrial applications; nutrition, health, and wellness for humans and animals; transportation and infrastructure; food safety and security; plant and animal sciences; information and decision sciences; and renewable energies.

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Iowa State University is organized into eight colleges and two schools that offer 100 Bachelor's degree programs, 112 Masters programs, and 83 Ph.

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Iowa State is the birthplace of the first electronic digital computer, starting the world's computer technology revolution.

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In 1906, the Iowa State Legislature enacted the Agricultural Extension Act making funds available for demonstration projects.

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Iowa State is widely known for VEISHEA, an annual education and entertainment festival that was held on campus each spring.

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Iowa State played a role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project, a research and development program begun in 1942 under the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Iowa State University is a member of the Universities Research Association, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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Iowa State was a member of the Association of American Universities from 1958 until April 2022.

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Iowa State is the only university in the United States that has a US Department of Energy research laboratory physically located on its campus.

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Iowa State is involved in a number of other significant research and creative endeavors, multidisciplinary collaboration, technology transfer, and strategies addressing real-world problems.

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In 2010, the Biorenewables Research Laboratory opened in a LEED-Gold certified building that complements and helps replace labs and offices across Iowa State and promotes interdisciplinary, systems-level research and collaboration.

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In support of Iowa Department of Natural Resources efforts to re-establish the trumpeter swans in Iowa, university officials avoided bringing breeding pairs of male and female mute swans to Iowa State which means the current Sir Lancelot and Elaine are both female.

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Iowa State is home to one of the largest campus public art programs in the United States.

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Iowa State offered Christian Petersen a one-semester sculptor residency to design and build the fountain and bas relief at the Dairy Industry Building.

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Iowa State's composting facility is capable of processing over 10,000 tons of organic waste every year.

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That year, Iowa State suffered an unusually high number of devastating cyclones.

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Iowa State Cyclones are a member of the Big 12 Conference and compete in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, fielding 16 varsity teams in 12 sports.

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Iowa State competes in an annual rivalry game against Kansas State known as Farmageddon and against former conference foe Missouri for the Telephone Trophy.

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Iowa State is known for having one of the most successful women's basketball programs in the nation.

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