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ISU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

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. Iowa State University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 37% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Iowa State University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that ISU regularly accepts students with ACTs 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.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1040 1320
SAT Reading 510 660
SAT Math 530 660
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English 21 28
ACT Math 21 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. 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%
SAT Score (NEW 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Iowa State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Iowa State University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ISU accepts 87% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 36% Good
3.50 to 3.75 22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 9% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 41 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Jul 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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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