Chances of getting into University of Iowa

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
86%
Admission Difficulty for University of Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Iowa and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 23,862 out of 27,734 applicants were admitted making University of Iowa 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. University of Iowa typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% 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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Iowa SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1210-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
9%
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1210
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1320

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

University of Iowa typically requires applicants to be in the top 23 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1210 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 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 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

University of Iowa admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >91%
1315 to 1420 Avg + 86%-91%
1210 to 1315 Avg - 78%-86%
1105 to 1210 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 1105 Low <68%
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Iowa ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
95%
ACT Scores for University of Iowa
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of Iowa
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
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 Iowa?

Admission data indicates that Iowa regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 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 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 95 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Iowa.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Iowa admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >92%
25 to 28 Avg + 86%-92%
23 to 25 Avg - 80%-86%
21 to 23 Reach 72%-80%
Less than 21 Low <72%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.61
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Iowa. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Iowa was 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.61 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Iowa accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Iowa students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 24% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

55% 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 24%
Top 25% of class 55%
Top 50% of class 91%
Bottom 50% of class 9%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

University of Iowa admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,594 13,140 27,734
Accepted 12,833 11,029 23,862
Acceptance Rate 88% 84% 86%
Enrolled 2,817 2,210 5,027
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 20% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
137

Applicants have 137 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Iowa before the Apr 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19

Admission Requirements

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

University of Iowa Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
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.