University of Iowa (UI)

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University of Iowa can be found in Iowa City, IA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UI has approximately 30,000 students enrolled annually.

The majority of students accepted into UI earned an SAT score between 1160 to 1300, or got accepted with an ACT score between 25 to 28. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.42 - 3.52. About 80% of all students which applied were accepted at UI, and from those that were granted acceptance about 26% continued on to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UI acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 80%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for University of Iowa was reported as 80.2% in Fall 2013 with over 21,600 applications submitted to UI. 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

  • UI ACT Scores: 25 - 28
  • UI Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Iowa?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of UI 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 UI has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 83.0%
  • 2010-2011: 83.8%
  • 2011-2012: 79.8%
  • 2012-2013: 78.4%
  • 2013-2014: 80.2%
  • Projected UI Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 80.3%

How Does UI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Iowa is forty-five 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%
Western Illinois University59.3%
Iowa State University82.5%
Northern Illinois University56.1%
University of Wisconsin-Madison67.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • 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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UI (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English25 - 28
Math25 - 28
Composite Score25 - 28
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