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 College212620252026
Clarke University202519241825
Coe College222821282227
Cornell College232923302328
Dordt College222720282127
Drake University253024322429
Graceland University182417231724
Grand View University182316231724
Grinnell College303330352833
Iowa State222821282228
Loras College202520251825
Luther College232822292228
Morningside College202619261826
Mount Mercy University182417221724
Northwestern College212820272128
St. Ambrose University202520251925
Simpson College212720271927
University of Dubuque172215221623
University of Iowa232822292228
University of Northern Iowa202519251825
Upper Iowa University172416231724
Wartburg College212620272027
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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