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SAT scores needed to get into Iowa State University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1160

The average composite SAT score for admitted Iowa State University freshman is 1160 out of 1600. For perspective, a 1160 is in the 69th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1010 to 1310

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1010 to 1310. The 75th percentile score is 1310 while the 25th percentile score is 1010.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by ISU but we estimate it to be around a 860 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 605

The average score for ISU students on the math portion of the SAT is 605 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 530 and the 75th percentile score 680.

Average SAT Reading Score 555

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 480 to 630 and the average score for Iowa State University students is 555.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

19 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Iowa State University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Iowa State University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 88.4%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.71.

Can I get into ISU with a 1310 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1310 or higher is very competitive at ISU and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have an almost certain chance of acceptance with the probability 93% or higher.

Can I get into ISU with a 1160 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1160 to 1300 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. Your chance of acceptance is very high, estimated about 88% to 93%.

Can I get into ISU with a 1010 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1010 to 1150 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 79% to 88% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into ISU with a 860 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 860 to 1000 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 79% chance of admission to ISU. SAT scores below 860 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to Iowa State University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 98%
1590 98%
1580 98%
1570 98%
1560 98%
1550 97%
1540 97%
1530 97%
1520 97%
1510 97%
1500 97%
1490 97%
1480 97%
1470 97%
1460 96%
1450 96%
1440 96%
1430 96%
1420 96%
1410 96%
1400 95%
1390 95%
1380 95%
1370 95%
1360 95%
1350 94%
1340 94%
1330 94%
1320 94%
1310 93%
1300 93%
1290 93%
1280 92%
1270 92%
1260 92%
1250 92%
1240 91%
1230 91%
1220 90%
1210 90%
1200 90%
1190 89%
1180 89%
1170 88%
1160 88%
1150 88%
1140 87%
1130 87%
1120 86%
1110 86%
1100 85%
1090 84%
1080 84%
1070 83%
1060 83%
1050 82%
1040 81%
1030 81%
1020 80%
1010 79%
1000 79%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data for Iowa State University.