ACT Score Comparison for Admission to Iowa Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of ACT Admissions Data for Iowa Colleges

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The table below can help you figure out which Iowa colleges and universities are a good match for your ACT scores. Admissions standards vary widely from highly selective colleges to schools that accept the great majority of applicants. The side-by-side comparison chart below shows ACT scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students.

Iowa Colleges ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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Briar Cliff UniversityTest-Optional Admissions
Central College202620261926
Clarke University202519251925
Coe College222721282127
Cornell College232922302127
Dordt College212921292228
Drake University243024312429
Graceland University182416231723
Grand View University182317231723
Grinnell College303330342733
Iowa State222821282128
Loras College212619262026
Luther College232922302228
Morningside College202619261825
Mount Mercy University192318231824
Northwestern College222820282128
St. Ambrose University202518241824
Simpson College212721271926
University of Dubuque172315221623
University of Iowa232822292228
University of Northern Iowa202519251825
Upper Iowa University172216221723
Wartburg College212720272027
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If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission. Keep in mind that 25% of enrolled students have scores below those listed; if your scores are low, don't give up! In some cases, it's possible to retake the exam, and then resubmit your scores to the schools you are applying to.

Remember that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers at Iowa's more selective colleges will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. Some students with a strong application (but low scores) are sometime admitted to these schools; some students with a weak application (but higher scores) are not accepted. 

Click on the schools' names in the table above to visit a comprehensive and helpful profile.

To learn more about the ACT needed for different types of schools, check out these articles:

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Most data from the National Center for Educational Statistics