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Your chances of getting into Upper Iowa University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

54.2%
Admission Difficulty for Upper Iowa University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at UIU is 54.2%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in Iowa.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into UIU and can you get accepted?

UIU is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 762 out of the 1,405 who applied were admitted.

Upper Iowa University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.34. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into UIU?

54% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Upper Iowa University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.34 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 970 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT

UIU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.34

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into UIU are to have around a 3.34 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UIU accepts 54% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at UIU is 3.34 on the 4.0 scale. 21% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #23 in Iowa for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Upper Iowa University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 21.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 14.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 13.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 9.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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UIU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

890-1050

Applicants Submitting SAT 

12%
SAT Scores for Upper Iowa University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 430
Math 25th Percentile 460
Composite 25th Percentile 890
SAT Scores for Upper Iowa University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 540
Math 75th Percentile 510
Composite 75th Percentile 1050
Average SAT Score 970

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Upper Iowa University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at UIU is 970 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 890-1050. Students who get into Upper Iowa University score in the top 79 percent of all SAT test takers..  UIU ranks #21 in the state of Iowa for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 970 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. UIU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 890 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 890, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 810, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 12 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 970 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 970, you have around a 54% chance of being admitted. A 1050 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 69% chance of getting in.

Upper Iowa University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1050 and Above Good >69%
970 to 1050 Avg + 54%-69%
890 to 970 Avg - 38%-54%
810 to 890 Reach 25%-38%
Less than 810 Low <25%
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UIU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

45%
ACT Scores for Upper Iowa University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 15
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Upper Iowa University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 23
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into UIU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to UIU is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 24.  The school ranks #17 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 15.

45 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Upper Iowa University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into UIU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 54% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 69% with a 24 ACT score.

Upper Iowa University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >69%
21 to 24 Avg + 54%-69%
18 to 21 Avg - 38%-54%
15 to 18 Reach 25%-38%
Less than 15 Low <25%
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High School Class Rank

53% of Upper Iowa University freshman are in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Upper Iowa University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 2%
Top 25% of class 9%
Top 50% of class 47%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Upper Iowa University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 562 843 1,405
Accepted 304 458 762
Acceptance Rate 54% 54% 54%
Enrolled 86 130 216
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 28% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Upper Iowa University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

Upper Iowa University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required to be considered for admission
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Upper Iowa University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because UIU is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.34 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 970 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1050 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 21 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154493 IPEDS survey data for Upper Iowa University.

Last updated February 24, 2024

FAQs

Does Upper Iowa University prefer SAT or ACT?

12% of students submit their SAT scores to UIU. 45% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Upper Iowa University?

54% of those who apply are granted admission to UIU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Upper Iowa University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 890 and 1050. The average SAT score is 970. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Upper Iowa University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.