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Iowa State University of Science and Technology, more commonly known as Iowa State University, Iowa State, or ISU, is a public land-grant and space-grant research university located in Ames, Iowa, United States. The university is the Flagship University the State of Iowa and a group member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and the Universities Research Association. 

Founded in 1858 and coeducational from its start, Iowa State became the nation’s first designated land-grant institution when the Iowa Legislature accepted the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act on September 11, 1862, making Iowa the first state in the nation to do so. Iowa State’s academic offerings are administered today through eight colleges, including the graduate college, that offer over 100 bachelor’s degree programs, 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 at the Ph.D. level, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.

ISU is classified as a Research University with very high research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Iowa State University’s athletic teams, the Cyclones, compete in Division I of the NCAA and are a founding member of the Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones field 16 varsity teams and have won numerous NCAA national championships.

Iowa State University is organized into eight colleges and two schools that offer 100 Bachelor’s degree programs, 112 Masters Programs, and 83 Ph.D. programs, including one professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.

ISU is home to the following schools:

Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication (within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

School of Education (within the College of Human Sciences)

ISU is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the U.S. by Washington Monthly and is known for its degree programs in agriculture, engineering, and science. Classified as a Carnegie RU/VH doctoral/research institution, Iowa State receives nearly $300 million in research grants each year.

Iowa State is the only university nationwide that has a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory physically located on its campus. Operated by ISU, the Ames Laboratory is one of ten national DOE Office of Science research laboratories. The Ames Laboratory is the U.S. home to 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Dan Shechtman and is intensely engaged with the international scientific community, including hosting a large number of international visitors each year.

ISU has over 800 student organizations on campus that represent a variety of interests. Organizations are supported by Iowa State’s Student Activities Centre. Many student organization offices are housed in the Memorial Union.

As with any major public university, many Iowa State University alumni have achieved fame after graduating. These people include astronauts, scientists, Pulitzer Prize winners, statesmen, academicians, CEOs, entrepreneurs, athletes, film and television actors, and a host of other notable individuals in their respective fields.