You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.
PLAN B: EVEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.
Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees: $3,968
Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals: $4,035
PLAN A, PLAN B
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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Campus Location - Ames is a college town centrally located in the Midwest. Ranked a Best College Town by the American Institute for Economic Research and a Money Magazine Top 10 Best Places to Live in America.
Helpful Information - Students considering Iowa State must be prepared to register for for fall semester courses in March for course availability. The admission process requires approximately 2 weeks before eligibility to register for classes, so students must act promptly following NSE placement. Students whose native language is not English must provide the TOEFL prior to admission. International students have mandatory orientation prior to NSE orientation.
College of Business, College of Design studio courses.Limitations
College of Engineering requires 3.0 GPA.Notable Academic Programs
Unique Academic Programs
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies
Agriculture: Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Journalism, Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Dairy Science/Management, Farm and Ranch Management, Horticulture, Land Resources, Mechanized Agriculture, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Plant Protection, Soil Science, Vet Tech Emphasis, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science, Water Management
Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies
Architecture: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design
Area Studies: African Studies, Afro-American Studies, Chinese Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Native American Studies
Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Design, Design Technology, Drafting, Drawing, Fiber-Fabric, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Media Arts, Painting, Printmaking, Theater Art, Visual Arts
Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education
Biological Sciences: Bacteriology, Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Entomology, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Physiology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology
Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry
Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Science Communication, Scientific and Technical Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Communication Technology
Computer Science: System Administration
Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Economics and Resource Management, Family Science/Services, Family Studies
Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology
Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology, Physical Sciences, Science
Economics: Applied Economics, Economics, International Economics
Education: Adapted Physical Education, Child Development, Communications, Early Childhood, Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, English, Exceptional Children, Health Education, Home Economics, Human Development, Instructional Sciences, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Learning Disabilities, Learning Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Technology Education
Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Operations, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering
English: Classical Studies, English, Linguistics, Literature
Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Renewable Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Resources
Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textiles and Clothing
Food Science: Culinary Arts, Food Science, Food Science and Technology, Food Services Management, Food Services Management Technology, Nutrition
Foreign Language: American Sign Language, French, German, Spanish
Forestry: Forest Management, Forestry, Wood Science
General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Geography and Urban Studies: City Planning, Community Development, Geography, Planning, Regional Analysis/Planning, Rural Community Development, Urban Studies
Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Dietetics, Environmental Health, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Science, Kinesiology, Public Health
Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management
Industrial Studies: Industrial Administration and Management, Industrial Design, Industrial Technology
Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Technology, Systems Programming
International Studies: International Studies
Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics
Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Military Sciences, Naval ROTC, Naval Sciences
Music: Choral Music
Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production
Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies
Physics: Applied Physics, Materials Sciences, Physics
Political Science: International Studies, Political Science
Pre-Professional : Medicine Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional
Psychology: Human Development, Psychology
Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Human Services, Rural Sociology, Sociology, Womens Studies
Technology: Agricultural Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology
Theater: Performance and Directing
Figures are current as of 9/9/2015.
Important Notes: Health Insurance: All NSE students with non-U.S. Citizenship will be assessed student health insurance (approximately $858) during Iowa State enrollment, regardless of NSE payment plan. You may be eligible for a waiver if your current institution insurance or Canadian health insurance covers required items.
Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.
For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.
Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
Meal plans consist of a combination of meals and Dining Dollars. Meals can be used in all dining centers and in certain campus retail locations. Dining Dollars can be used in any ISU Dining Center location.