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Colleges / The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA 4-Year Public

About Iowa

The University of Iowa is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Iowa City, IA

Founded in 1847, Iowa currently enrolls around 30,318 students a year, including 22,304 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Iowa's endowment was valued at $1,251,356,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, Iowa spends about $14,593.

2021 Admissions Facts About Iowa

Acceptance rate: 84%

Average GPA: 3.78

Mean ACT score: 26

Mean SAT score: 1235

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: May 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: August 1

Iowa Acceptance Rate

Admission to Iowa is moderately difficult. The acceptance rate at Iowa is 84 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.78 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Iowa is 1235. The mean ACT scores is 26.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Iowa a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 4,347 students who started at Iowa as first-time freshman, 2,329 graduate within four years.

Iowa's six-year graduation for undergrads is 72 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 68 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $42,892 a year. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,369 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Iowa sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Iowa a good school for YOU?

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College Info

101 Jessup Hall Iowa City, IA 52242-1316

Campus Setting: Small Town

Iowa Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Iowa is May 3.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Iowa is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Iowa ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Iowa is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Iowa. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Iowa SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1330


Math SAT Range

570 - 680


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1140 to 1330


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Iowa students is 1235. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Iowa, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Iowa.

Iowa Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Iowa is like? There are approximately 31,240 students enrolled at Iowa, including 23,482 undergraduate students and 7,758 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 68% percent are from IA and 32% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

May 3
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