Iowa State University (ISU)

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Iowa State University can be found in Ames, IA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. ISU enrolls about twenty nine thousand students annually.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to ISU. A score within the range of 990 to 1300 on the SAT exam, or 22 to 28 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Iowa State University (ISU) average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. 83% of all applicants are admitted to Iowa State University, from which 39 percent choose to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Iowa State University (ISU) acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 84%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Iowa State University (ISU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Iowa State University was reported as 82.5% in Fall 2012 with over 16,500 college applications submitted to ISU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ISU ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • ISU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Iowa State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Iowa State University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for ISU has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 87.3%
  • 2009-2010: 85.1%
  • 2010-2011: 80.5%
  • 2011-2012: 86.3%
  • 2012-2013: 82.5%
  • Projected ISU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 83.8%

How Does Iowa State University (ISU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for ISU is forty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Northern Iowa83.3%
University of Iowa80.2%
University of Nebraska at Omaha70.8%
Minnesota State University-Mankato65.6%
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse72.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Iowa State University (ISU) (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English21 - 28
Math22 - 28
Composite Score22 - 28
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