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At Iowa State, we believe the ability to be innovative isn’t reserved for a select few. That’s why we’ve infused opportunities for innovation into everything we offer. From how we design our curriculum to how we construct our facilities, we’re deliberate about making resources for innovation accessible to everyone. Including you.

We call this culture Innovate at Iowa State.

An Open Invitation to Innovation


As a student, you have a variety of programming and resources available to you, all designed to help you turn your ideas into action.

Academic Community

Our innovative culture extends to our research community, where breakthroughs continuously occur in fields of all kinds, from vaccinations to agriculture.

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Innovation Highlights

Top 3%

in the nation for research out of 489 universities without a human medical school

For the fourth time since 2017, we won an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

In 2021, Iowa State was among the top 100 worldwide universities granted patents

Ranked #11

for our undergraduate entrepreneurship program by The Princeton Review for three years in a row

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Student Innovation Center

We believe great minds think together. That’s why we built our $84 million Student Innovation Center dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration. With 146,000 square feet of technology-driven makerspaces, dedicated study zones, and more, it’s an innovation playground.

Here, all majors can work together to further their innovation capacity—and help each other turn their ideas into action.

Photo of Iowa State University students working hands-on with real industrial equipment in the Student Innovation Center lab.
Photo of Iowa State University students socializing in the Student Innovation Center.
Photo of Iowa State University students playing outside the Student Innovation Center.
Photo of an Iowa State University student pouring molten metal into a crucible in the Student Innovation Center.

Start something that changes the world.

Iowa State’s Start Something Network consists of our innovation- and entrepreneurship-centric academic opportunities, from credit-earning coursework to capstone projects to internships, for all university students regardless of discipline.

No One Does Innovation
Like We Do

Innovation in Overdrive​

Iowa State is a hub of innovation. One where a diverse group of makers and doers work together to accelerate ideas for the betterment of individuals everywhere. Read our Innovation in Overdrive President’s Report to see stories of innovation in action.

Innovators of Iowa State

By empowering our students, faculty, and partners to realize their full potential, we’re helping them make the difference they were born to make in the world. Watch our video series that showcases Iowa State researchers who are making the future brighter for all.

Innovation at Work

It’s one thing to say you’re dedicated to innovation. It’s another to provide innovators hands-on opportunities that help them reach one-of-a-kind, real-world solutions. After all, at Iowa State, we have a storied history of creating innovations unlike any the world has ever seen.
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