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Chances of getting into University of Iowa

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
82.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Iowa and can I get accepted? The school has a 83% acceptance rate ranking it #28 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 21,404 out of 25,928 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 36 percent. University of Iowa typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

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

Iowa SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1340
Applicants Submitting SAT
26%
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for University of Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1240

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 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Iowa admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >89%
1235 to 1340 Avg + 83%-89%
1130 to 1235 Avg - 74%-83%
1025 to 1130 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 1025 Low <63%
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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 #5 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >90%
25 to 29 Avg + 83%-90%
22 to 25 Avg - 76%-83%
19 to 22 Reach 66%-76%
Less than 19 Low <66%
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Iowa GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into 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 83% 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Iowa admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,333 11,595 25,928
Accepted 12,152 9,252 21,404
Acceptance Rate 85% 80% 83%
Enrolled 2,849 2,137 4,986
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 23% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

University of Iowa Admission 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?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Iowa. Admission competition is and the college has very high 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 1130 and 1340. 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.