Resources › For Students and Parents University of Iowa: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Alan Kotok / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated January 30, 2020 The University of Iowa is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 83%. U of I straddles the Iowa River in Iowa City. The university is made up of 8 different colleges and has highly-ranked programs in nursing, creative writing, and art. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The Iowa Hawkeyes compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. Considering applying to University of Iowa? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Iowa had an acceptance rate of 83%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 83 students were admitted, making U of I's admissions process somewhat competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 25,928 Percent Admitted 83% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 23% SAT/ACT Scores and Requirements The University of Iowa requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 29% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 560 660 Math 570 680 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of U of I's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Iowa scored between 560 and 660, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 680, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at U of I. Requirements The University of Iowa does not require the SAT writing section for admission. Note that U of I does not superscore the SAT; the admissions office will consider your highest composite score from a single sitting. ACT Scores and Requirements U of I requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 21 30 Math 21 28 Composite 22 29 This admissions data tells us that most of U of I's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Iowa received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22. Requirements Note that University of Iowa does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. U of I does not require the ACT writing section. GPA In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Iowa's incoming freshmen class was 3.76. This data suggests that most successful applicants to U of I have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph University of Iowa Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Iowa. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances The University of Iowa, which accepts over 80% of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. U of I also requires that applicants complete a core high school curriculum. Note that some programs at University of Iowa are more selective than others, and curriculum requirements vary depending on intended program of study. The admission bar for the College of Nursing and Tippie College of Business is higher than that for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. While U of I does not require a personal statement, applicants may choose to submit one if they believe it will add to their application. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" or "B" range, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1000 or better. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter from U of I. If You Like the University of Iowa, You May Also Like These Schools Purdue UniversityIndiana UniversityIllinois State UniversityOhio State UniversityUniversity of ChicagoArizona State University All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the University of Iowa Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is University of Utah's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Arkansas' Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Houston's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Iowa State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Marquette University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Dayton's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Butler University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Willamette University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Nebraska's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is UNC Asheville's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Stetson University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Auburn University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is the University of Tennessee's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Florida International University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Rollins College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Puget Sound's Admissions Process?