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ISU Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

89.3%
Admission Difficulty for Iowa State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into ISU? The school has a 89% acceptance rate. Last year, 17,208 out of 19,262 applicants were admitted making Iowa State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. Iowa State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1230-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT
9%
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Estimated Average SAT 1350
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Iowa State University?

Iowa State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1110. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. 9 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1460 and Above Good >93%
1345 to 1460 Avg + 89%-93%
1230 to 1345 Avg - 83%-89%
1115 to 1230 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 1115 Low <74%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Estimated Average ACT 25
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into ISU?

Admission data indicates that ISU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Iowa State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >93%
25 to 28 Avg + 89%-93%
22 to 25 Avg - 83%-89%
19 to 22 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 19 Low <74%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Iowa State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Iowa State University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ISU accepts 89% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Iowa State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 36% Good
3.50 to 3.75 22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 9% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

56% of Iowa State University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Iowa State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 90%
Bottom 50% of class 10%
Bottom 25% of class 13%

Admission Statistics

Iowa State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,878 10,384 19,262
Accepted 8,009 9,199 17,208
Acceptance Rate 90% 89% 89%
Enrolled 2,616 3,328 5,944
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 36% 35%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
12

Applicants have 12 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Iowa State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Iowa State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Iowa State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data for Iowa State University.