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About the College

About the College 2018-02-13T11:34:20+00:00

At the Iowa State University Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we prepare students for a flexible future so they are equipped to go out and make a difference in the world. We combine a solid curriculum, world-renowned faculty, and a welcoming atmosphere to create an unmatched business education, whether students are seeking degrees at the bachelor, masters, or PhD level.

While we prepare and educate tomorrow’s business leaders, we set high expectations for our students by establishing engaging curricula and learning environments in a complex, technology-driven, global society. We provide students with skills and experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom including internships, classroom projects, CyBIZ Lab, case competitions, and company site visits.

All of our students have multiple opportunities to meet and learn from some of the top leaders in business. Many students choose to study abroad for a week, a month or a full semester to enhance their education.

The world of business is constantly evolving. We stay on top of industry trends and the needs of our students. We continuously evaluate our programs, and add new opportunities that fit the market demand. A recent example of this is the addition of our undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship, the first at a public university in Iowa. We also launched a PhD in entrepreneurship — only the eighth program in the nation. Both programs started in fall 2017, and more programs are being planned.

At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we are committed to offering a high quality education in a way that prepares students for their real-world experiences. We are committed to connecting students with the passion they have for a successful, meaningful career.

Following several years of record-breaking enrollment, we see students are choosing Iowa State because they know they will get a high-quality education that prepares them to launch a successful career following graduation.

It’s a great time to be in business!


Although business education has been taught at Iowa State University since the early 1920s, the Ivy College of Business was not established until 1984.

The college moved into the Gerdin Business Building in 2004. The 111,000-square foot building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including high-tech laboratories that allow students and faculty to replicate real-world business situations, like securities trading and market research.

Learn more about our history.


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International approved the re-accreditation of the business programs at Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business in 2015. The five-year extension includes the college’s separately accredited accounting program. Less than five percent of the world’s business programs have earned accreditation from AACSB International, and only 182 institutions have specialized accreditation for their accounting programs.

ISU’s Ivy College of Business received its initial AACSB accreditation in 1991, just seven years after becoming a college. AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

David Spalding

July 1, 1984

Ames, Iowa

Current Enrollment
4,921 students

Faculty and Staff
59 tenured faculty
31 tenure eligible faculty
47 lecturers and adjunct assistant professors
68 staff

Living alumni