Iowa State University is dedicated to admitting a diverse and highly skilled student body. Merit scholarships for international first-year students are automatically granted based on the High School GPA and SAT or ACT scores submitted during the admissions process (SAT or ACT is mandatory for this scholarship).
To qualify, students need to have submitted and completed their admission application by May 1st. These scholarships are renewable.
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About Iowa State University
Iowa State University, situated in Ames, Iowa, is a well-known public research institution celebrated for its dedication to education, research, and innovation. Established in 1858, the university offers a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs spanning various fields.
Iowa State stands out for its strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as its contributions to agriculture, business, design, and liberal arts. The campus is renowned for its diverse and lively community, attracting students from across the globe.
Equipped with cutting-edge facilities, esteemed faculty, and a thriving student community, Iowa State University provides an environment conducive to both academic excellence and personal development. The university’s research endeavors and student organizations significantly enrich its dynamic and engaging campus environment.
Types of Iowa State University Approved International Scholarships
Iowa State University provides a range of scholarships tailored to support international students in their educational pursuits. These scholarships are typically granted based on academic achievements, talents, leadership skills, and other specific criteria. While the details of scholarships and their eligibility requirements may differ, the university offers several common types of scholarships for international students:
- Merit-Based Scholarships: Awarded for outstanding academic performance, considering factors like high school GPA, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), and other accomplishments.
- Departmental Scholarships: Some academic departments at Iowa State University offer scholarships to students majoring in particular fields, requiring excellent academic standing and a keen interest in the respective area of study.
- Leadership Scholarships: Recognize students displaying exceptional leadership qualities through involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, or other initiatives.
- Diversity Scholarships: Iowa State University promotes diversity and inclusivity, offering scholarships to students from underrepresented backgrounds or those contributing to the university’s diverse community.
- Graduate Assistantships: Available for international graduate students, these positions as research or teaching assistants offer tuition waivers and stipends in exchange for work.
- International Student Scholarships: Specifically designed for international students, these scholarships consider their unique needs and contributions to the university community.
- International Student Excellence Award: Iowa State is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population. International first-year students who have been offered admission will be automatically awarded these renewable merit scholarships for high achieving applicants based on the High School GPA and SAT or ACT scores submitted during the admissions application process (SAT or ACT is required for this scholarship).
Prospective international students are encouraged to refer to the official Iowa State University website or directly contact the university’s financial aid office for the most accurate and updated information regarding available scholarships, application procedures, and eligibility criteria.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Please be aware: These are the minimum requirements provided to offer a general overview of eligibility for Iowa State University (ISU). An official admission decision will be made upon receipt of a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents and fees.
- Kindly visit admissions.iastate.edu/intl for the minimum English proficiency requirements.
For Freshman Applicants: Minimum High School Course Preparation:
- 4 years of native language
- 3 years of mathematics (including beginning algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra)
- 3 years of science (including 2 years of courses emphasizing elements of biology, chemistry, or physics)
- 2 years of social studies [3 years for applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)]
- LAS and Engineering college applicants must have 2 years of a single foreign language (English can be used if it is not the native language).
Minimum Academic Requirements:
- A minimum equivalent GPA of B on a scale of A to F or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- C4 on the WASSCE
- An admission decision may be based on transcripts from the 3 years before the final year of high school, along with other required supporting documents.
- Applicants should attain the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and provide scratch card information for verification. Complete final official transcripts confirming high school completion must be submitted before enrollment at ISU.
Standardized Admission Testing: ACT/SAT:
- ISU follows a “test optional” policy. The ACT/SAT is not mandatory for international applicants’ admission to ISU. Applicants can choose whether or not to submit ACT/SAT scores if available. Submitted scores may be utilized by ISU for admissions purposes, course placement, and scholarship decisions.
To apply for the International Merit Scholarship go to the OneApp Scholarship Portal and submit the General Application; then navigate to Opportunities > Recommended > International Students Admission Scholarship Application (Choose spring or fall) and apply.
Note OneApp Iowa State University scholarships for international students will open September 20, 2023 for the 2024-2025 scholarship year.
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