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#2 Best Public Universities in Iowa

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Chances of getting into Iowa State University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
88%
Admission Difficulty for Iowa State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into ISU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at ISU is 88%.  It ranks #27 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Iowa State University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 17,882 out of 20,223 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 51 percent (SAT 1010/1310 ACT 21/28). Iowa State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.71. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The ISU application fee is $40 and applications are due by Jul 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Iowa State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

ISU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1010-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
19%
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Iowa State University?

Iowa State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 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 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. ISU ranks #7 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >93%
1160 to 1310 Avg + 88%-93%
1010 to 1160 Avg - 81%-88%
860 to 1010 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 860 Low <72%
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ISU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
86%
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 86 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Iowa State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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%
24 to 28 Avg + 88%-93%
21 to 24 Avg - 82%-88%
18 to 21 Reach 75%-82%
Less than 18 Low <75%
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ISU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.71
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Iowa State University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into ISU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Iowa State University was 3.71 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.71 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ISU accepts 88% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Iowa State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 24.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.0% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

95% of Iowa State University freshman were in the top half 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 14%
Top 25% of class 28%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Iowa State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,576 10,647 20,223
Accepted 8,483 9,399 17,882
Acceptance Rate 89% 88% 88%
Enrolled 2,321 2,750 5,071
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
1

Applicants have 1 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Iowa State University is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Iowa State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Iowa State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not 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.

FAQs

Does Iowa State University prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to ISU. 86% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Iowa State University?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to ISU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Iowa State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1310. 19% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Iowa State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 86% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.