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Iowa Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Iowa, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 81%, admission to Iowa is moderately competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Iowa admission statistics.


Iowa Admissions Statistics

Iowa’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 81%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 24,097 applicants, Iowa admitted about 19,000. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.63, the average ACT score was 26, and the average SAT score was 1220.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 23, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1080. The 75th percentile score was 1370.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Iowa is very competitive. Even if Iowa is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Iowa’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Iowa Application Requirements

To apply to Iowa, you’ll need to fill out the Online Application, submit either your SAT or ACT score, and pay the $40 application fee. Everything should be submitted by May 1st for Fall Semester, and November 15th for Spring Semester.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Online Application
  • Submit your ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $40 application fee

The application deadline is May 1st for Fall Semester and November 15th for Spring Semester. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Iowa? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Iowa Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Iowa, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 48% are male and 52% are female
  • 10.6% of students are international

Iowa has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 10.6%
  • Underrepresented minority: 6.4%
  • Two or more races: 2.6%
  • White: 76.7%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Iowa offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Iowa Tuition Figures

At $44,250, Iowa’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,399.

Here’s a fuller look at Iowa tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $44,250
  • Average financial aid package: $7,399
  • The average student debt of an Iowa graduate is $27,715

Now, what is life like at Iowa? Let’s take a look.


Iowa Location

The main Iowa campus is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

The school is the oldest university in the entire state but was also the first public university to also operate as coeducational too. Remember, you’re going to Iowa for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Iowa Academics

Iowa has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Geography
  • Human Resources
  • International/Global Studies
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Nuclear Medical Technology
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Iowa.


Student Life at Iowa

Iowa has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Iowa’s student activities:

  • Amateur Radio Club
  • Biochemistry Majors Club
  • Code the Change
  • Dance Marathon
  • Eats and Treats
  • Feminist Union
  • Guitar Club at Iowa
  • HackIowa
  • I-Envision Entrepreneurship
  • Knitting Club
  • Love Works
  • Mindful@Iowa
  • Nightingale Writers’ Club
  • Old Gold A Capella
  • Percussion Society
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • Students in Design

Are you an athlete? Iowa’s got plenty of options for you.


Iowa Athletics

Iowa offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Iowa’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Iowa degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Iowa has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Actor Ashton Kutcher
  • Gallup Poll founder George Gallup
  • Author Flannery O’Connor
  • Playwright Tennessee Williams
  • Space science pioneer James Van Allen
  • Comedian Gene Wilder
  • Painter Sarai Sherman
  • Journalist Tom Brokaw
  • Rotary Club founder Paul P. Harris
  • Screenwriter Diablo Cody
  • Musician David Sanborn
  • Washington Mutual CEO Kerry Killinger

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Iowa is moderately competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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