Peer Universities

Board of Regents Peer List

Since 1986, the Iowa Board of Regents has maintained a board approved list of 10 land-grant universities for use as a peer comparison group for Iowa State University. The initial list created in 1986 was updated by the Board in 2016 and again in 2023. The institutions on the board approved peer list are all public, land-grant universities that are classified as Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity in the 2021 Carnegie Classification of Higher Education.


University Location School Website
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
University of Missouri Columbia, MO
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg,


IPEDS Peer List

These 29 institutions are used for broader national comparisons within the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

University of ArizonaArizona State UniversityUniversity of California-Davis
Clemson UniversityColorado State UniversityUniversity of Georgia
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)Kansas State UniversityUniversity of Kentucky
Louisiana State UniversityUniversity of Maryland (College Park)Michigan State University
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)University of Missouri (Columbia)University of Nebraska (Lincoln)
North Carolina State UniversityOhio State UniversityOklahoma State University
Oregon State UniversityPenn State UniversityPurdue University
State University of New York at BuffaloUniversity of Tennessee (Knoxville)Texas A&M University (College Station)
Texas Tech UniversityVirginia TechWashington State University
West Virginia UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin (Madison)