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 32,000 students enrolled annually.

The majority of students accepted into UI earned an SAT score between 1130 to 1340, or got accepted with an ACT score between 22 to 29. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.23 - 3.57. About 80% of all students which applied were accepted at UI, and from those that were granted acceptance about 23% continued on to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UI acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 78%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Iowa was reported as 82.6% in Fall 2020 with over 25,900 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: 22 - 29
  • UI Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Iowa?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of Iowa 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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Iowa has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 84.1%
  • 2017-2018: 86.0%
  • 2018-2019: 82.7%
  • 2019-2020: 82.6%
  • Projected UI Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 77.6%

How Does UI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Iowa is forty-six percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Northern Iowa79.1%
Iowa State University92.1%
Northern Illinois University48.4%
University of Wisconsin-Madison54.4%
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse73.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • 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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UI (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 660
Math570 - 680
Total Score1130 - 1340
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 30
Math21 - 28
Composite Score22 - 29
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