Chances of getting into University of Iowa
|Admission Standards||Very High|
|Applicant Competition||Very 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
Applicants Submitting SAT9%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||620|
|SAT Math 25th||590|
|SAT Composite 25th||1210|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||720|
|SAT Composite 75th||1420|
|Average SAT Score||1320|
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 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.
|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%|
Iowa ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT95%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||22|
|ACT Math 25th||22|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.61
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
55% of University of Iowa freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||22%||20%||21%|
Applications are DueApr 1, 2020
Days left to Apply137
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|
What are the requirements for admission to University of Iowa and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.