Admissions process

Students who are interested in pursuing the didactic program in dietetics at Iowa State University should apply to the university and select the undergraduate program/major of pre-dietetics or pre-diet and exercise. The dietetics program is offered through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, which is jointly administered under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences. Students may select either college designation for application into the dietetics program.

Admissions requirements

Incoming freshmen

Incoming freshman students must meet the Iowa State University admissions requirements. Students who apply to ISU directly from high school should rank in the upper half of their graduating class and complete the following high school course requirements:

  • Four years of English/language arts
  • Three years of mathematics, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra
  • Three years of science, including one year each of courses from two of the following fields: biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Two years of social studies

Transfer students

Individuals who wish to transfer to Iowa State University must meet the transfer student admissions requirements. Transfer students are expected to have earned a 2.0 grade point average or above in all college-level courses attempted.

Admission timing

The ISU Office of Admissions processes applications beginning approximately one year prior to when a student indicates planned entry to the university. Students are encouraged to apply early for more options with financial aid, scholarships, course selection, and housing. Accepted students will be invited to orientation programs and meet with the departmental academic adviser for course registration.

Educational costs

Tuition, housing, and dining

The Office of the Registrar at Iowa State University provides updated information on tuition and mandatory fees. For students who choose to live on-campus, the Department of Residence provides information on housing rates and ISU Dining provides information on dining rates. Please note that costs for housing and dining are university-provided options. Off-campus housing and meals may be higher or lower than university options. The Department of Residence can be reach by phone or email at:  800-854-9050 or 515-294-2900, halls@iastate.edu.

Books and course fees

Costs for textbooks and course materials varies widely between semesters. In general, costs for new textbooks each semester range from $100-500; this price can be reduced by purchasing used books or renting books. Prior to registration, textbooks and their associated costs are listed by department and course on the University Book Store textbook information page. Course fees are posted on the schedule of classes along with course offering days and times, prior to registration for the upcoming term. In general, course fees range between $50-125 per semester.

Additional program costs

Students are required to wear and maintain a white professional lab coat for food preparation laboratory courses ($20) and  wear a white shirt, black pants, and black closed-toe shoes for quantity food service experiences (estimated cost of $130-150). For nutrition assessment and medical nutrition courses, students are required to purchase a subscription to the electronic Nutrition Care Process Terminology (eNCPT) online publication (discounted annual price of $25 for Academy members or $50 for individual subscription plan). A verification statement processing fee ($30) is applied to the university bill during the academic term of program completion. Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ($65 annual student dues) and the ISU Student Dietetic Association ($5 per semester or $8 per year) is recommended.

Scholarship opportunities

Students in the dietetics program may apply for scholarships available through:

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

College of Human Sciences or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Additionally, individuals who are student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics may apply for scholarships at the national and state levels.

Academic calendar

The Office of the Registrar at Iowa State University provides an updated academic calendar for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Spring semester: Registration for spring semester courses begins in October each year for continuing students.

Fall semester: Registration for summer and fall semester courses begins in March each year for continuing students.

Freshmen: Incoming freshman students are invited to June orientation sessions and complete course registration during orientation