Improve your chance to improve the world

Looking to continue your educational journey? Embark on an Iowa State education. 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.

A transfer center dedicated to you

The Transfer Center offers an extra level of support as you make Iowa State your new home. We can help with navigating campus, making connections, and finding resources. Stop by on your campus visit; you can find us in Room 12 of Enrollment Services Center.


  • PTK 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 February 29.


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 5.

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 February 29. Make sure to indicate Iowa State on your current year using school code 001869.
  • The OneApp scholarship priority deadline is March 5. 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 2024 entry

  • The FAFSA priority date is February 29*. 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

The transfer team is here to help students work through transfer admission timelines, next steps, and any questions that come up. We're here to help!

  • Cassidy Conway

    Cassidy Conway

    Transfer admissions counselor

    Cassidy assists students from all over Iowa (excluding DMACC).

    Email Cassidy
  • kat_klingseis

    Kat Klingseis

    Transfer admissions counselor

    Kat spends much of her time in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas. She also assists all out-of-state transfer students.

    Email Kat
  • katie_mott

    Katie Mott

    Strategic partnerships specialist
    Katie works with all students from DMACC and manages both the DMACC-ISU Connect program and the Admissions Partnership Program (APP).
    Email Katie

Community College Partners

Schedule a visit! Transfer Center staff enjoy hosting academic and student affairs professionals from our partner institutions. Contact us to schedule your community college staff visit. We'll curate a visit specific to your group's interests. We are eager to share with you the opportunities we offer to your students.

Community in the making

The Transfer Center gives back to community colleges, supporting the 2023 inaugural 'Community Colleges for Iowa Convention and Trade Show' as a platinum sponsor.