Chances of getting into Iowa State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
90.6%
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 school has a 91% acceptance rate ranking it #26 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 17,082 out of 18,855 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 difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 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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ISU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1090-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
19%
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1210

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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 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 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 970. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 19 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >95%
1210 to 1330 Avg + 91%-95%
1090 to 1210 Avg - 86%-91%
970 to 1090 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 970 Low <78%
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ISU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
86%
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 22
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
Average ACT Score 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. 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >95%
25 to 28 Avg + 91%-95%
22 to 25 Avg - 86%-91%
19 to 22 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 19 Low <78%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #6 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ISU accepts 91% 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
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 8,638 10,217 18,855
Accepted 7,835 9,247 17,082
Acceptance Rate 91% 91% 91%
Enrolled 2,590 3,457 6,047
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 37% 35%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jul 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jul 1, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

91% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1330. 19% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. 86% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.