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Iowa State 2018 Acceptance Rate: Class of 2022

So, you’re thinking about applying to Iowa State University, 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 87%, admission to Iowa State is extremely 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 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.

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 State admission statistics.


Iowa State 2018 Admissions Statistics: Class of 2022

Iowa State’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 87%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 19,164 applicants, Iowa State admitted about 16,702. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.5, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1180.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 22, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1030. The 75th percentile score was 1320.


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 State is very competitive. Even if Iowa State 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 at a look at Iowa State’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Iowa State 2020 Application Requirements: Class of 2024

To apply to Iowa State, you’ll need to fill out the Iowa State Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit your high school transcript, and pay the $40 application fee.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Iowa State Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

December 1st is the financial aid application deadline. May 1st is the reply date for admitted students.

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


Iowa State 2018 Admitted Students Profile: Class of 2022

If you matriculate at Iowa State, 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 57% are male and 43% are female
  • 6.7% of students are international

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

  • International: 6.7%
  • Underrepresented minority: 5.7%
  • Two or more races: 2.5%
  • White: 80%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Iowa State 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 State Tuition Figures

At $33,364, Iowa State’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,125.

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

  • Total budget: $33,364
  • Average financial aid package: $7,125
  • The average student debt of an Iowa State graduate is $28,617

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


Iowa State Location

Iowa State’s main campus is located in Ames, Iowa.

The school was first established in 1858, coeducational from its start, and is currently the largest university in the state of Iowa.

Remember, you’re going to Iowa State for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Iowa State Academics

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

  • Advertising
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations
  • Biochemistry
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Dairy Science
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Family and Community Services
  • Genetics
  • Horticultural Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Journalism
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Special Products Marketing Operations

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


Student Life at Iowa State

Iowa State 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 State’s student activities:

  • Agronomy Club
  • Animal Nutrition and Behavior Club
  • Global Business Club
  • Iowa State Marketing Club
  • Sports Analytics Club
  • Culinary Science Club
  • ISU Entrepreneur Club
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Council
  • oSTEM
  • Women’s Alliance for CyberSecurity
  • Cardinal Eats
  • ISU Film Producers Club
  • Veritas
  • Celtic Dance Society
  • Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival
  • Student Poets Inciting Truth
  • Ethical Eating Club

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


Iowa State Athletics

Iowa State 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 State’s sports include:

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

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


Notable Alums

Iowa State 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:

  • Inventor George Washington Carter
  • US Senator Tom Harkin
  • NBA coach Jeff Hornacek
  • MLB pitcher Mike Myers
  • Iowa governor Kim Reynolds
  • NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels
  • Texas Instruments CEO Jerry Junkins
  • Lipitor inventor Bruce Roth
  • Soprano Carol Wilson
  • Olympic wrestler Dan Gable
  • Olympic wrestler Cael Sanderson

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Iowa State is 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

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