Iowa State University

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Phone Number: 5152940816
Address: 715 Bissell Road Ames, IA 50011

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Additional Information

President: Wendy Wintersteen
School Type: Four Year College
Public/Private: Public
Historical Black College/University: No
School Setting:

Iowa State University is a 1900 acre public, land-grant university located in Ames, Iowa where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing.

School Size: 30708
Classroom Size: 16
Housing Availability:

Type of Housing: Traditional singles, doubles, and triples as well as apartments and family style options.
Diversity: DIVERSITY Commitment to fostering a climate in all the ways people differ, including primary and secondary characteristics* in a welcoming environment. EQUITY Commitment to fostering a climate where all individuals have access and opportunity to fully participate in the educational and working environment. Measurement for success and opportunities: campus climate survey, exit interviews (HR, & Provost/FA), transfers (Athletes & Admissions), reaccreditation (HLC), program outcomes/feedback, bias reports, equity/civil rights reports, reasonable accommodations feedback (services and academic - learning outcomes), advocacy services, counseling & wellness services, benefits, center for teaching and learning opportunities. INCLUSION Commitment to fostering a climate where all individuals have a sense of belonging* through support and respect to fully participate in the educational and working environment. Measurement for success and opportunities: Campus climate survey, exit interviews, learning outcomes, program feedback, absenteeism reports, curriculum, student organizations, faculty/staff associations, Greek Life membership, multicultural/identify. *The construct goes beyond national or cultural identity, instead emphasizing the dynamic processes of emotional attachment. Reviewing the substantial theoretical literature on belonging, we identify four of its key elements: connection, participation, identification, and congruence.
Disability Services:

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) promotes the advancement of equity, access, and inclusion by coordinating accommodations for students with disabilities and collaborating with campus partners to remove barriers to students' full participation at Iowa State University.

As an Iowa State student, you can register with Student Accessibility Services to be approved for accommodations. Accommodations are designed to eliminate disability-related barriers so that you have an equal opportunity for success.

Greek Life: Yes
Sports: Big XII Conference
Majors: Community & Regional Planning, BS
Computer Capabilities:

Beginning in fall 2020, all students at Iowa State University are required to own or obtain a laptop computer or other device appropriate to their discipline. The most current information about this requirement is available on the Information Technology Services computer requirement FAQ webpage.

Design-intensive professions have become reliant on high-performance hardware and experience with a variety of platforms and software. Since your degree program’s curriculum is preparing you to enter the professional world, owning (or leasing) a laptop that is capable of running the software you will be using can be crucial to your success. Depending on your degree program, you may be required or heavily recommended to have a laptop with a minimum level of specifications. Additionally, there may be changes in what the university recommends/requires for this upcoming fall semester.

Here are some general specifications that meet or exceed the requirements of the commonly used software, such as GIS, in the Community & Regional Planning major:

Windows 10/11 PC
Intel Core i5 Eleventh or Twelfth-Generation Processor (with 6 or more cores) or AMD Ryzen 5000 or 6000 series (with 6 or more cores)
32GB System Memory
512GB Solid-State Drive (SSD)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 TI (with at least 4GB GDDR6) or AMD Radeon RX 5500M (with at least 4GB GDDR6)

Admission Requirements:

All Applicants must apply online: Iowa State's Office of Admissions or Common App

Freshman Admission Requirements

Iowa State is test-optional for first-year applicants. Students may choose whether they wish to self-report their ACT/SAT scores when they apply for admission.

Applicants who choose to self-report their test scores

These applicants will be considered for admission based upon their Regent Admission Index (RAI) score. Below is the mathematical formula for calculating students RAI score:

RAI Formula
ACT composite (or converted SAT) score x 3
+Cumulative GPA x 30
+Number of years of high school core courses x 5

RAI (Regent Admission Index)

Note: For purposes of calculating the RAI, SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalents; high school GPA is expressed on a 4-point scale; and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years of study.

Applicants who achieve at least a 245 RAI score and who meet the minimum high school course requirements will automatically be offered admission. Applicants who achieve less than a 245 RAI score and who meet the minimum high school course requirements may also be offered admission, but their applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Calculate your Regent Admission Index

Applicants who choose not to self-report their test scores

These applicants will be considered for admission based upon an individual review of their academic records. Emphasis will be given to students' high school cumulative GPA and core courses.

Students who wish to enter Iowa State University directly from high school must also meet the minimum high school course requirements for admission as indicated below:

  • English/Language Arts: 4 years Emphasizing writing, speaking, and reading, as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature
  • Mathematics: 3 yearsIncluding one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra
  • Science: 3 yearsIncluding at least two years of courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics
  • Social Studies: 2 years

Transfer Admission Requirements

If you have completed at least 24 semester credits of transferable coursework* from another accredited college or university and you have earned a minimum 2.25 transfer GPA, you will be approved for admission (Note: Applicants who've earned an associate's degree may be admitted with at least a 2.00 transfer GPA).

Some academic programs may require a transfer GPA higher than the minimums listed above. In addition, higher academic standards may be required of students who are not residents of Iowa, including international students.

Applicants who have not maintained the minimum transfer GPA required by Iowa State for specific programs or who are under academic suspension from the last college attended will generally be denied admission.

Transfer applicants under disciplinary suspension will not be considered for admission until information concerning the reason for the suspension has been received from the college assigning the suspension.

If you have not completed at least 24 transferable semester credits (or 36 quarter credits)* prior to enrolling at Iowa State, you must:

  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcript and your ACT or SAT scores
  • Meet all first-year student admission requirements
  • Meet the minimum transfer GPA requirement listed above

*Note: Career technical, development/remedial, and military credits do not count toward the 24 transferable semester credits requirement.

International Admissions
Minimum performance requirements have been determined for students educated in most countries. See our website for your country's admission requirements. 


Application Deadline: Rolling
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Summer Sessions:

Summer Session I: May 16- July 8
Summer Session II: June 13- August 5

International Students:

Study Abroad: The College of Design offers a variety of short-term programs throughout the academic year that are led by College of Design faculty members. CRP 391: Smart City of Vienna
Notes/School Info:


Iowa State’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning (BSCRP) and graduate Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree programs are nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Why does accreditation matter?

Accreditation evaluates and recognizes an educational institution’s performance and quality. Graduation from an accredited program establishes that you have met the educational standards of the professional planning organizations. Both the BSCRP and MCRP programs were reaccredited for a seven-year term effective Jan. 1, 2018, through December 31, 2024. The next accreditation review will be during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Program Outcomes

The faculty of the Department of Community and Regional Planning have developed a set of outcomes for its BSCRP and MCRP programs. We are presently developing a simplified set of outcomes to track progress.

Program opportunities

  • GIS Certificate Program
    The community and regional planning department administers a comprehensive graduate certificate program in geographic information systems (GIS). Undergraduate students have access to the program’s leading-edge GIS technology.
  • GIS Short Courses and focus area
  • Outreach studios
    • Perry studio
    • Waukee studio

Student Awards & Research Grants

  • Student Studies Poverty-Reduction Efforts for Quinoa Producers in Equador: Elisa Cárdenas received a Graduate Student Travel Award for International Study in Sustainable Livelihoods to study the work of a nongovernmental organization that supports small-scale quinoa producers of Equador
  • Graduate Student Receives Travel Grant for Research in Ghana: Shelley Oltmans received a Butler Travel Award for International Studies in Sustainable Agriculture to conduct research on “food deserts” and food security in Ghana

Faculty Reserach

  • Reducing Local Regulatory Barriers to Local Food
    Gary Taylor, associate professor and extension specialist, is the lead investigator for a 1-year Leopold Center grant awarded in 2014 to produce a guidebook about municipal zoning and land use regulations as they relate to community gardens, vacant lots converted for production, or sales through non-traditional establishments. The work continues the efforts of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG) to support the local foods movement in Iowa.
  • Planning Professor Creates New Video Series on Flooding
    Gary Taylor, associate professor of community and regional planning and ISU Extension and Outreach planning and development specialist, has developed a new, web-based educational video series on “Flooding in Iowa” for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Students from CRP, architecture, landscape architecture, and biological/pre-medical illustration helped Taylor create the illustrations for the series.
  • APA Chapter Presidents Council Leadership Award for Chapter Professional Development Officer Recognition
    Assistant Professor and ISU Extension Specialist Gary Taylor received the Chapter Presidents Council 2008 Leadership Award for Chapter Professional Development Officer Recognition from the American Planning Association (APA). He was honored for his leadership and dedication to training the professional and citizen planners of Iowa.
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