Iowa Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in Iowa for 2020

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in Iowa. The list is ranked by acceptance rate, lowest to highest and limited to schools which reject at least half of all applicants. Leading the list is Grinnell College which sent acceptance letters to only 24% of the 7,349 students who applied and rejected 76%.

Not all schools on the most selective list are overly academically challenging. Some schools with less rigorous test and high school GPA requirements may receive a large numbers of qualified applicants and the school does not have space to admit them all.

If you're looking for challenging colleges, you can also explore rankings of Iowa colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.

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    • SAT Range 1370/1530
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.89*
    • Students: 1,716
    • Tuition:$52,392
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
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    Grinnell College

    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range N/A
    • Average HS GPA 3.09
    • Students: 348
    • Tuition:$15,666
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • SAT Range 940/1170
    • ACT Range 18/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.21
    • Students: 4,392
    • Tuition:$30,450
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 50%