Improve your chance to improve the world

Looking to continue your educational journey? Embark on an Iowa State adventure. From your first step on campus, you will be surrounded by world-renowned professors, resume-building opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities to help you accomplish your dreams.  

Once you're at Iowa State, you’ll have a special transfer orientation and new student programs so you can pick up where you left off while meeting new people along the way.

  • Transfer Honor Roll and Tau Sigma

    Academic excellence

    Iowa State recognizes and supports the academic success of transfer students through Phi Theta Kappa scholarship opportunities and through our own Iowa State chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society – the first in our state! Continue your journey of academic excellence in a community of hard working, high-achieving transfer students at Iowa State!

Next steps

Request transcripts from each college you have attended. Official transcripts are preferred and can be submitted to Unofficial transcripts can be used to review your application and they can be uploaded through your application account.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Iowa State's code number is 001869.

Transfer students should complete the FAFSA between October 1 and March 1.


With Iowa State's OneApp scholarship portal, students can submit scholarship applications in one system. The Office of Student Financial Aid, academic colleges and departments, and other campus units use the information available in OneApp to select scholarship recipients. The OneApp scholarship deadline is March 10.

The Office of Admissions also offers scholarships for qualified students who are offered admission by March 1.

Office of Student Financial Aid

Learn about living options in residence halls, university apartments, and fraternities and sororities; the priority system for assigning university housing; and the advantages of accepting your offer of admission as early as possible. To reserve space in university residence halls or apartments, you will need to submit a university housing contract after you accept your offer of admission.

  • If you have accepted your offer of admission, paid your acceptance fee, and decided you want to live in university residence halls or apartments, you can complete your housing contract online. This contract does not apply to sororities, fraternities, or off-campus (non-university) housing.

Complete your housing contract

Iowa State has a rolling admissions policy. The transfer application is open up to one year prior to entry term. Transfer students are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to their desired entry term.

Summer and fall entry

  • The FAFSA priority date is March 10. Make sure to indicate Iowa State on your current year using school code 001869.
  • The OneApp scholarship priority deadline is March 10. Other scholarship deadlines vary by department or academic college.
  • May 1 is the acceptance fee refund date.
  • Orientation and class registration will be held on various dates April through August. Invitations will be sent starting in February.

Spring entry

  • The FAFSA priority date is January 3*. Make sure to indicate Iowa State on your current year using school code 001869.
  • November 1 is the acceptance fee refund date.
  • Orientation and class registration will be held on various dates November through January. Invitations will be sent starting in October.

*Most scholarships and institutional aid are granted on an academic year cycle, meaning you must meet fall entry deadlines to be eligible. Students who file after the priority deadlines mentioned above will still be considered for financial aid based on remaining available funds.

Meet the team

  • Admissions_Kat_Klingseis

    Kat Klingseis

    Transfer admissions counselor

    NICC, Hawkeye, Eastern Iowa (Scott CC, Muscatine CC, and Clinton CC), Kirkwood, Indian Hills, SE Iowa, and Illinois

    Email Kat
  • Cy the Cyclone

    Katie Mott

    Strategic partnerships specialist
    DMACC, DMACC-ISU Connect Program
    Email Katie
  • Tim Hauber, Admissions Counselor

    Tim Hauber

    Assistant director for transfer recruitment, APP coordinator, and PTK liaison

    NIACC, Iowa Valley (Ellsworth CC and Marshalltown CC), Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, WITCC, NW Iowa, Minnesota, and non-resident transfer students (excluding Illinois)

    Email Tim
  • Claire Waletzki, Graduate Student

    Claire Waletzki

    Graduate assistant

    TRIO and special transfer student visits

    Email Claire