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Iowa Admission Requirements

Iowa City, Iowa

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Chances of getting into University of Iowa

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
84%
Admission Difficulty for University of Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Iowa and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Iowa is 84%.  It ranks #25 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Iowa is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 20,338 out of 24,132 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent (SAT 1110/1310 ACT 22/29). University of Iowa typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.78. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Iowa application fee is $40 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Iowa is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Iowa SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1110-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT 
26%
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1210

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of Iowa typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1010. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. Iowa ranks #3 in Iowa and #230 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Iowa admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1310 and Above Good >91%
1210 to 1310 Avg + 84%-91%
1110 to 1210 Avg - 73%-84%
1010 to 1110 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 1010 Low <59%
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Iowa ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
90%
ACT Scores for University of Iowa
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Iowa
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Iowa 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 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Iowa.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Iowa admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >92%
25 to 29 Avg + 84%-92%
22 to 25 Avg - 75%-84%
19 to 22 Reach 64%-75%
Less than 19 Low <64%
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Iowa GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.78
Typical High School Grades 
A-

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Iowa. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Iowa was 3.78 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.78 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Iowa accepts 84% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Iowa students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 31.03% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.05% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.21% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.97% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.9% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.55% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.27% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.02% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

67% of University of Iowa freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Iowa students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 34%
Top 25% of class 67%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Iowa admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 13,304 10,828 24,132
Accepted 11,465 8,873 20,338
Acceptance Rate 86% 82% 84%
Enrolled 2,555 1,955 4,510
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 22% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
85

Applicants have 85 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

University of Iowa Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
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 University of Iowa
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=153658 IPEDS survey data for University of Iowa.

FAQs

Does University of Iowa prefer SAT or ACT?

26% of students submit their SAT scores to Iowa. 90% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Iowa?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to Iowa. 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 University of Iowa?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1310. 26% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Iowa?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.