UNI Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of Northern Iowa
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
How hard is it to get into UNI and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #25 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,441 out of 5,494 applicants were admitted making University of Northern Iowa an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent. University of Northern Iowa typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
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UNI SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT1%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||570|
|SAT Composite 25th||1150|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||720|
|SAT Composite 75th||1420|
|Average SAT Score||1290|
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 requires applicants to be in the top 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 1 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||>88%|
|1285 to 1420||Avg +||81%-88%|
|1150 to 1285||Avg -||71%-81%|
|1015 to 1150||Reach||60%-71%|
|Less than 1015||Low||<60%|
UNI ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT99%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||26|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 99 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Northern Iowa.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|26 and Above||Good||>89%|
|23 to 26||Avg +||81%-89%|
|21 to 23||Avg -||74%-81%|
|19 to 21||Reach||65%-74%|
|Less than 19||Low||<65%|
Avg. High School GPA3.21
Typical High School GradesB
You will need about average high school grades to get into University of Northern Iowa. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Northern Iowa was 3.21 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.21 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as UNI accepts 81% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||23%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||20%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||13%||Avg -|
|2.75 to 3.00||11%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||1%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
82% of University of Northern Iowa freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||18%|
|Top 25% of class||48%|
|Top 50% of class||82%|
|Bottom 50% of class||16%|
|Bottom 25% of class||2%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||42%||40%||41%|
Applications are DueAug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply246
Applicants have 246 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UNI before the Aug 15 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Mar 14||Mar 27|
|May 2||May 15|
|Jun 6||Jul 15|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
|Feb 8||Feb 19|
|Apr 4||Apr 14|
|Jun 13||Jun 23|
|Jul 18||Jul 28|
What are the requirements for admission to University of Northern Iowa and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|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=154095 IPEDS survey data for University of Northern Iowa.
Frequently Asked Questions
1% of students submit their SAT scores to UNI. 99% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
81% of those who apply are granted admission to UNI. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1420. 1% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.