Chances of getting into University of Northern Iowa

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
80.7%
Admission Difficulty for University of Northern Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into UNI and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #22 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,212 out of 5,217 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 challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent. University of Northern Iowa typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 39% 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
980-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
2%
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1110

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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 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 850. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 2 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Northern Iowa admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >88%
1110 to 1240 Avg + 81%-88%
980 to 1110 Avg - 71%-81%
850 to 980 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 850 Low <60%
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UNI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
90%
ACT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
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 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 #11 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.

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 >89%
23 to 26 Avg + 81%-89%
21 to 23 Avg - 74%-81%
19 to 21 Reach 65%-74%
Less than 19 Low <65%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.21
Typical High School Grades
B

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Northern Iowa students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 32% Good
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

High School Class Rank

82% of University of Northern Iowa freshman were in the top half 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 18%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 82%
Bottom 50% of class 16%
Bottom 25% of class 2%

Admission Statistics

University of Northern Iowa admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,090 2,127 5,217
Accepted 2,548 1,664 4,212
Acceptance Rate 82% 78% 81%
Enrolled 1,060 601 1,661
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 36% 39%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
73

Applicants have 73 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
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

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

University of Northern Iowa Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

2% of students submit their SAT scores to UNI. 90% 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 challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1240. 2% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 90% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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