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Colleges / University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

Northern Iowa Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Northern Iowa, the application fee is $40.

Northern Iowa Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Northern Iowa's admissions stats.

Northern Iowa 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

University of Northern Iowa Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Northern Iowa.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Considering Applying Early to Northern Iowa?

Northern Iowa does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on University of Northern Iowa Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Northern Iowa?

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

In 2021, Northern Iowa accepted 86% of all applicants, approximately 4,094 from the 4,772 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of Northern Iowa

For more information on transferring to University of Northern Iowa, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northern Iowa?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining 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 strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern Iowa

Curious about the factors that are considered by Northern Iowa during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Northern Iowa for more information on admission factors.

Northern Iowa Application Requirements

To apply to Northern Iowa, all applicants 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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

GPA and Testing

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, 64% submitted a class rank. , 48% were in the top 25% and 81% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Northern Iowa, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 16.8%
3.75 and 3.99 33.7%
3.50 and 3.74 18.98%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 9.7%
2.50 and 2.9 6.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northern Iowa directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Northern Iowa does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

More Information on Transferring to University of Northern Iowa

Transfer 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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern Iowa?

✅ Northern Iowa is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Northern Iowa's acceptance rate?

✅ Northern Iowa has an acceptance rate of 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern Iowa?

❌ Northern Iowa does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Northern Iowa?

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Northern Iowa Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Northern Iowa? Northern Iowa is a somewhat selective institution. The Northern Iowa acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


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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Northern Iowa SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Northern Iowa GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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