If you are considering submitting an application to Iowa, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is May 1 and the fee for the application costs $40.
Students who submit their applications to Iowa for fall semester should hear back from Iowa by August 1.
Here is an overiew of some of Iowa's admissions stats.
|Iowa 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.8|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||33%|
|Mean SAT Score||1235|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||18%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||65%|
These are the application deadlines for The University of Iowa.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Info Not Available||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Regular Decision||Yes||May 15||August 1|
The University of Iowa may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Iowa directly for more information about early applications.
Getting into Iowa is moderately difficult.
In 2021, Iowa accepted 86% of students, about 19,340 of the 22,434 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.
For more information on transferring to The University of Iowa, contact the school directly.
In 2022, Iowa waitlisted 252 students and 252 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 62 eventually received an admissions offer.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines 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 stand out.
What does Iowa consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Iowa for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Iowa, all applicants 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)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|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, 37.69% submitted a class rank. At Iowa 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 63.91% were in the top 25% and 92.31% were in the top 50%.
At The University of Iowa, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||27.81%|
|3.50 and 3.74||18.71%|
|3.25 and 3.49||11.31%|
|3.00 and 3.24||6.39%|
|2.50 and 2.9||2.48%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0.04%|
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 Iowa directly.
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.
Iowa looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Iowa has 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, 18% of Iowa's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 65% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Iowa applicants, you should aim to score between 1140 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Iowa 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, 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 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Iowa students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.
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 applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
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:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES
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?
❌ No, Iowa is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Iowa's acceptance rate?
✅ The acceptance rate for Iowa is 86%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Iowa?
🟨 Iowa may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.
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How hard is it to get into Iowa? Iowa is a somewhat selective institution. The Iowa acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.
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
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Iowa, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.81. 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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