If you are considering submitting an application to Iowa, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and the fee for the application is $40.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Iowa by August 1.
|Iowa 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.8|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||34%|
|Mean SAT Score||1235|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||27%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||87%|
The University of Iowa does not offer early decision or early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
It is moderately difficult to get into Iowa. Iowa evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Iowa accepted 84% of students, around 20,338 of the 24,132 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Iowa, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
Iowa has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Work Experience||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Not Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to Iowa must submit the following items. Double check with Iowa's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Other Requirements||√||minimum Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirement of 245 for residents, 255 for nonresidents|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Iowa have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.
Out of all students that were admitted, 39.18% submitted a class rank. At Iowa 34% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At The University of Iowa, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||27.05%|
|3.50 and 3.74||18.21%|
|3.25 and 3.49||12.97%|
|3.00 and 3.24||6.9%|
|2.50 and 2.9||3.55%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0.27%|
Iowa considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Iowa is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 27% of Iowa's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 87% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Iowa applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Iowa 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Iowa student is 1235.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Iowa students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Iowa students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Iowa, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Iowa's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.
A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Iowa students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.
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For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Iowa during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Iowa?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Iowa.
Does Iowa accept transfer credits?
Iowa accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Iowa accepts:
Does Iowa accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Iowa accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Iowa?
Iowa is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is Iowa's acceptance rate?
Iowa's acceptance rate is 84%.
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How hard is it to get into Iowa? Iowa is a somewhat selective institution. The Iowa acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Iowa is May 1.
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
1310 and Above
1130 to 1310
1130 and Less
The median SAT score for Iowa students is 1235. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Iowa, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Iowa.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Iowa, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.78. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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