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#3 Best Public Universities in Iowa

UNI Admission Requirements

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Chances of getting into University of Northern Iowa

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Admission Difficulty for University of Northern Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into UNI and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UNI is 79%.  It ranks #22 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. University of Northern Iowa is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 4,011 out of 5,085 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent (SAT 1030/1230 ACT 20/26). University of Northern Iowa typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.61. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

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

UNI SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT
2%
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1130

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of Northern Iowa typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. UNI ranks #10 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 2 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Northern Iowa admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1230 and Above Good >86%
1130 to 1230 Avg + 79%-86%
1030 to 1130 Avg - 69%-79%
930 to 1030 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 930 Low <57%
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UNI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
ACT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UNI regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 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 Northern Iowa.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Northern Iowa admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >86%
23 to 26 Avg + 79%-86%
20 to 23 Avg - 69%-79%
17 to 20 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 17 Low <57%
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UNI 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 Northern Iowa?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UNI. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Northern Iowa was 3.61 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 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 UNI accepts 79% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Northern Iowa students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 14.9% Good
3.75 to 3.99 31.3% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.5% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.6% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.7% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.9% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.1% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

52% of University of Northern Iowa freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Northern Iowa students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 52%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Northern Iowa admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,117 1,968 5,085
Accepted 2,477 1,534 4,011
Acceptance Rate 79% 78% 79%
Enrolled 965 517 1,482
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 34% 37%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

University of Northern Iowa Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor 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 Northern 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=154095 IPEDS survey data for University of Northern Iowa.

FAQs

Does University of Northern Iowa prefer SAT or ACT?

2% of students submit their SAT scores to UNI. 90% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Northern Iowa?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to UNI. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Northern Iowa?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1230. 2% 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 Northern Iowa?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.