Iowa State GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Iowa State GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Iowa State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Iowa State University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of Iowa State's Admissions Standards:

The admissions bar for Iowa State University is not overly high, and over four out of five applicants will be admitted. That said, you will need solid grades and test scores to be admitted. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B-" or higher, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1000 or better (RW+M). It's also important to note that the university attracts plenty of "A" students with standardized test scores that are well above average.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue of the graph -- a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for Iowa State did not win admission. On the flip side, note that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Iowa State uses a mathematical equation to determine admission eligibility that gives weight to ACT scores, high school rank, GPA, and completion of core courses. A high number in one area can help compensate for a lower number elsewhere. Admission is automatic for students who score highly enough on the index of GPA, test scores, rank, and course work. For students who fall short of Iowa State's preferred numbers, the admissions folks will review applications on an individual basis.

Iowa State University also offers a summer trial enrollment for students who are not admitted unconditionally. This program provides students with weaker academic measures an opportunity to prove that they are able to meet the challenges of college.

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