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.
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
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.
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.
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 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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First-Year Applications are Due
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
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1330 and Above
1140 to 1330
1140 and Less
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.
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.
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