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Chances of getting into Upper Iowa University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
65%
Admission Difficulty for Upper Iowa University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into UIU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UIU is 65%.  It ranks #10 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. UIU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 717 out of 1,098 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 72 percent (SAT 860/1046 ACT 18/23). Upper Iowa University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.13. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Upper Iowa University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

UIU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
860-1046
Applicants Submitting SAT 
18%
SAT Scores for Upper Iowa University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 440
SAT Math 25th 420
SAT Composite 25th 860
SAT Scores for Upper Iowa University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 528
SAT Math 75th 518
SAT Composite 75th 1046
Average SAT Score 950

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

Upper Iowa University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 83 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 860 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 770. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 950 out of 1600. UIU ranks #20 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 18 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Upper Iowa University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1046 and Above Good >78%
953 to 1046 Avg + 65%-78%
860 to 953 Avg - 49%-65%
767 to 860 Reach 34%-49%
Less than 767 Low <34%
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UIU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
18-23 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
81%
ACT Scores for Upper Iowa University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Upper Iowa University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UIU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 81 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Upper Iowa University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Upper Iowa University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >80%
20 to 23 Avg + 65%-80%
18 to 20 Avg - 53%-65%
16 to 18 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 16 Low <40%
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UIU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.13
Typical High School Grades 
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into UIU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Upper Iowa University was 3.13 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #26 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UIU accepts 65% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Upper Iowa University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 14.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 14.3% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 14.3% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 28.6% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 14.3% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 14.3% 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 Upper Iowa University freshman were 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 5%
Top 25% of class 15%
Top 50% of class 48%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Upper Iowa University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 422 676 1,098
Accepted 257 460 717
Acceptance Rate 61% 68% 65%
Enrolled 62 123 185
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 27% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

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

FAQs

Does Upper Iowa University prefer SAT or ACT?

18% of students submit their SAT scores to UIU. 81% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Upper Iowa University?

65% 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 860 and 1046. 18% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 23. 81% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.