Chances of getting into University of Northern Iowa

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
80.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Northern Iowa
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
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 #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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1150-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
1%
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1290

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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 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Northern Iowa admission chances by SAT score
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%
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UNI ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
99%
ACT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of Northern Iowa
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.

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.

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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 3,159 2,335 5,494
Accepted 2,606 1,835 4,441
Acceptance Rate 82% 79% 81%
Enrolled 1,091 743 1,834
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 40% 41%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
246

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

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

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 99% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.