College Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from college to college. Please look at each individual college's or university's website to find their requirements, or contact Mrs. Hausmann. Iowa State University, The University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa each have the same requirements, and they are listed below:

College Admission Requirements at Iowa's Regent Universities

Effective fall semester 2009, if you wish to enter any of the Iowa Regent universities (Iowa State University, The University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa) as a freshman, you must meet the Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirement. If you meet the minimum high school course requirements listed below and you earn an RAI score of at least 245, you will automatically qualify for admission to any of the Iowa Regent universities. If you meet the minimum high school requirements and you earn an RAI score below 245, you may still be considered for admission to any of the Regent universities on an individual basis.

The most effective way to increase your RAI score is to take additional core courses (i.e., college-prep courses offered by your high school in any of the following subject areas: English, math, science, social studies, or foreign language). It will not only enhance your chances for gaining admission, it will also increase your likelihood for academic success after you’ve entered college!

 So What’s Your RAI Score?

(2 x ACT composite score)

+ (1 x percentile high school rank)

+ (20 x high school GPA)

+ (5 x number of high school core courses)

Regent Admission Index Score

Go to www.regents.iowa.gov/RAI/ to calculate your own RAI score.

Minimum High School Course Requirements for Admission at Iowa Regent Universities

English

Iowa State Univ.: years emphasizing writing, speaking, reading, as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature.
The Univ. of Iowa4 years with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech.
Univ. of N. Iowayears including one year of composition, also may include one year of speech, communication or journalism.

Math

Iowa State Univ.3 years, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
The Univ. of Iowa3 years, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 4 years, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of higher mathematics (trigonometry, analysis, or calculus), for admission to the College of Engineering.
Univ. of N. Iowa3 years, including the equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.

 

Natural Science

Iowa State Univ.3 years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics.
The Univ. of Iowa: 3 years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 3 years, including at least one year of chemistry and one year of physics, for admission to the College of Engineering.
Univ. of N. Iowa3 years, including courses in general science, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics; laboratory experience highly recommended.

 

Social Studies

Iowa State Univ.: 2 years for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, Human Sciences, and Engineering. 3 years for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Univ. of Iowa3 years, with U.S. history and world history recommended for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 2 years, with U.S. history and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Engineering.
Univ. of N. Iowa3 years, including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology.

Foreign Language

Iowa State Univ.: 2 years of a single foreign language for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. Foreign language courses are not required for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, or Human Sciences.
The Univ. of Iowa: 2 years of a single foreign language.
Univ. of N. Iowa: Foreign language courses are not required for admission. However, 2 years of a foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last term will meet the university graduation requirement.

Other Courses

Iowa State Univ.: Specific elective courses are not required for admission to Iowa State University.
The Univ. of Iowa: Specific elective courses are not required for admission to The University of Iowa.
Univ. of N. Iowa2 years of additional courses from the required subject areas, foreign languages, or fine arts.

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