At the Iowa State University Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we prepare students for a future of progress — giving them the vision and skills to go out and make a difference in the world. We combine quality curriculum, internationally-known faculty, and a welcoming atmosphere to create an unmatched business education, whether students are seeking degrees at the bachelor, masters, or PhD level.

We help our students explore the world of business in meaningful ways, both inside and outside of the classroom, including internships, classroom projects, CyBIZ Lab, case competitions, and company site visits. Our students have multiple opportunities to meet and learn from top leaders in business. Many choose to study abroad and expand their global understanding of business.

We continuously evaluate our programs, innovate, and add new opportunities that fit current market demand and anticipate future business needs. Examples include the launch of an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship, the first at a public university in Iowa, and PhD in entrepreneurship — only the eighth program in the nation. Both officially started in fall 2017, and more are planned. Our executive MBA program is the first in the Midwest to meet the needs of up-and-coming executives in the areas of food, agriculture, and biosciences.

At the Ivy College of Business, we are committed to offering a high quality education in a way that prepares students for their real-world experiences. Our students explore their passion, identify their purpose, and pursue meaningful careers to impact the world of business around them.


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.

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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