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Colleges / Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate65%

Upper Iowa University Admissions

Upper Iowa University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 65% of applicants get into Upper Iowa University each year. Out of 1,240 applications received in 2023, 805 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Upper Iowa University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Upper Iowa University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Upper Iowa University's admissions stats.

Upper Iowa University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 2%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 23%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 62%
Waitlist No

Upper Iowa University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Upper Iowa University.

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

Want to Apply Early to Upper Iowa University?

Upper Iowa University does not offer early decision or early action.

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

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Is Upper Iowa University Difficult To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Upper Iowa University accepted 65% of all applicants, approximately 805 from the 1,240 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Upper Iowa University, 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 Upper Iowa University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Upper Iowa University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight 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 choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Upper Iowa University

What does Upper Iowa University consider 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
First Generation Considered

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

Upper Iowa University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Other Requirements SAT/ACT test scores
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Upper Iowa University?

Students admitted to Upper Iowa University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Upper Iowa University 2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 9% were in the top 25% and 47% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 21%
3.75 and 3.99 16%
3.50 and 3.74 14%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 13%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

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 Upper Iowa University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

Upper Iowa University 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.

In 2022, 23% of Upper Iowa University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 62% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Upper Iowa University?

To be competitive with other Upper Iowa University applicants, you should strive to score between 980 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Upper Iowa University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Upper Iowa University students scored 518 or higher and 75% of students scored 440 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Upper Iowa University students scored 528 or higher, and 75% scored a 440 or higher.

To be most competitive at Upper Iowa University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Upper Iowa University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Upper Iowa University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Upper Iowa University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Upper Iowa University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Upper Iowa University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Upper Iowa University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Upper Iowa University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Upper Iowa University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Upper Iowa University accept transfer credits?

✅ Upper Iowa University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Upper Iowa University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

❌ Upper Iowa University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Upper Iowa University?

✅ Upper Iowa University is not test optional.

What is Upper Iowa University's acceptance rate?

✅ Upper Iowa University has an acceptance rate of 65%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Upper Iowa University?

❌ Upper Iowa University does not offer early decision.

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Upper Iowa University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Upper Iowa University? Upper Iowa University is a somewhat selective institution. The Upper Iowa University acceptance rate is 65%. This means that the institution accepts 64 out of every 100 applicants.


Upper Iowa University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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

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

Upper Iowa University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1140


Math SAT Range

420 - 518


Reading SAT Range

440 - 528

Upper Iowa University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Upper Iowa University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.34. 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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