From one of the highest average ACT scores in the nation to the pair of research powerhouses in the state, Iowa’s still the standard for education. But we’re not resting on our laurels.

With icons like George Washington Carver, Henry Wallace and Norman Borlaug, Iowans can take pride in our state’s rich history of innovation in agriculture. But we’re even more excited about the next generation of leaders who will make an impact on the world in the decades to come. With K-12 STEM programs that prepare students for college and careers, this is one of the best public education systems in the country. A lot of our students are also involved in FFA and 4-H, which provide additional development opportunities and research-based experiences. Future Ready Iowa continues to build on that talent pipeline, and by 2025, the initiative’s goal is for 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce to have education or training beyond high school.

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Iowa has the #1 public high school graduation rate in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Overall, Iowa ranks as the fifth best state for education.

U.S. News & World Report, 2018

Iowa State University is among the best in the world for agricultural programs, ranking in the top four percent of agriculture and forestry programs worldwide.

QS World University Rankings, 2018

Iowa ranked #1 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best States ranking, with first place rankings in Infrastructure and top-10 rankings in Health Care, Education, Opportunity and Quality of Life.

U.S. News & World Report, 2018


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