ISU Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Iowa State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into ISU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 16,702 out of 19,164 applicants or 87% were admitted making Iowa State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. Only 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1040
SAT Scores for Iowa State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Iowa State University?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1040 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >92%
1180 to 1320 Avg + 87%-92%
1040 to 1180 Avg - 80%-87%
900 to 1040 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 900 Low <70%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Iowa State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into ISU?

Admission data indicates that ISU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Iowa State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Iowa State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >92%
25 to 28 Avg + 87%-92%
22 to 25 Avg - 80%-87%
19 to 22 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 19 Low <70%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Iowa State University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Admission Statistics

Iowa State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,855 10,309 19,164
Accepted 7,808 8,894 16,702
Acceptance Rate 88% 86% 87%
Enrolled 2,691 3,539 6,230
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 40% 37%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Iowa State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Iowa State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Iowa State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data for Iowa State University.

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