Why Choose ABE?

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Top-ranked degree programs

ABE’s degree programs are consistently ranked amongst the top programs in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Our four undergraduate degree programs are split, two and two, between two of the strongest and most respected colleges at ISU: The College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  And while we are part of a large campus community, the small size of our department allows for frequent student/faculty interaction and a truly family-like atmosphere.

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    Your Success

    We support your success from initial recruitment to graduation. Our dedicated advisors provide valuable resources and are available to individually mentor students.

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    Your Career

    The job market recognizes the excellence of our students. Recent placement rates for the department have been above 95%, with students helping solve some problems in the agriculture, food, manufacturing, environment, and energy sectors.

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    Your Community

    We want students to be successful at Iowa State and beyond in their professional careers.  We’ve built a unique environment that helps students achieve that success.

  • Learning and Living communities help you make the adjustment to college academic life, providing a support system of linked classes and peer mentors that lay the foundation for your success, as well as facilitate friendships and study groups by housing students from our four majors on the same dorm floor
  • Coursework helps you focus on developing workplace competencies beyond just technical knowledge
  • Award winning student clubs that help you develop leadership skills and give back to the community
  • World-class faculty that are leading their professions
  • Small class sizes of 15 to 30 students
  • Hands-on laboratories in almost all of the ABE classes allows you physically interact with technology
  • Multiple computer laboratories with state-of-the-art engineering and technology software exclusively for student use
  • We were the first and now we’re the biggest!

    The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State was the first department in the world to grant a degree in Agricultural Engineering. That was way back in 1905. And we haven’t stopped breaking new ground since.  We’re now the largest Agricultural/Biosystems/Biological Engineering department in the country, all without losing our attention to student success.