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Northern Iowa Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Northern Iowa, the application fee is $40. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to Northern Iowa?

University of Northern 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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Northern Iowa Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Northern Iowa is moderately difficult. Northern Iowa evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northern Iowa accepted 79% of all applicants., around 3,984 of the 5,034 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northern 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.

What's Most Important to Get In to Northern Iowa?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Northern Iowa

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Northern Iowa Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Northern Iowa must submit the following items. Double check with Northern Iowa's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Interview
Other Requirements 4 years of English; 3 years each of math, science and social studies; 2 or more years of electives, which may include foreign language and fine arts
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern Iowa?

Students admitted to Northern Iowa have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 66.1% submitted a class rank. At Northern Iowa 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 52% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Northern Iowa, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 66.1%
3.75 and 3.99 31.3%
3.50 and 3.74 21.5%
3.25 and 3.49 14.6%
3.00 and 3.24 9.7%
2.50 and 2.9 6.9%
2.00 and 2.49 1.1%
Northern Iowa does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northern Iowa is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 3% of Northern Iowa's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 95% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northern Iowa?

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northern Iowa?

To be most competitive at Northern Iowa, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern Iowa's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern Iowa students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Northern IowaTransfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern Iowa during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Northern Iowa Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern Iowa?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northern Iowa.

Does Northern Iowa accept transfer credits?

Northern Iowa accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern Iowa accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Northern Iowa accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northern Iowa accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern Iowa?

No, Northern Iowa is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Northern Iowa Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

79%

How hard is it to get into Northern Iowa? Northern Iowa is a somewhat selective institution. The Northern Iowa acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.

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Northern Iowa Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Iowa is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern Iowa is Continuous processing.

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

Northern Iowa ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

19 to 25

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northern Iowa is 23. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Northern Iowa. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northern Iowa SAT Scores

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Northern Iowa GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.61

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern Iowa, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. 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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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,522

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

79%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$8,938

Out-of-State

$19,480

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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