Iowa State University - College of Engineering


Brief History

Engineering was one of the first programs offered at Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) when the university was established in 1858. The first students who arrived in 1869 studied agriculture and mechanics. Soon after, several branches of engineering developed out of the mechanics course. When the first Iowa State class graduated in 1872, six of the 26 students graduated with engineering degrees – four in civil and two in mechanical. Read more about ISU engineering through the years on our history page.

Our Passion

Educating future engineering leaders … conducting research to address our greatest challenges … using technology to make a difference … celebrating diversity of thought and culture … and creating solutions to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Degree Programs

  • 13 undergraduate degree programs
  • 5 engineering minors
  • 20 doctoral and 25 master degree programs
  • Certificate program in engineering leadership
  • Concurrent dual degree programs
  • An “undeclared engineering” program for freshmen (about one third of our first-year students enter this program)



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50011 Ames, Iowa, USA

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