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Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in Iowa

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Acceptance Rate and Application Statistics

The following table compares the admission related statistics including number of applicants, admitted, and enrolled between best schools in Iowa. The average acceptance rate of best schools in Iowa is 74.79% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 22.63%.
Grinnell College has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 19.25% and University of Northern Iowa has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 36.95% among best schools in Iowa. The numbers in parenthesis() in below table represent the number and rate by gender (men/women). The statistics is based on the latest data from IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education for academic year 2020-2021.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In Iowa
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Grinnell College8,137 (3,934/4,203) 1,566 (716/850) 365 (187/178) 19% (18%/20%) 23% (26%/4%)
2 Drake University6,624 (2,800/3,824) 4,499 (1,795/2,704) 738 (298/440) 68% (64%/71%) 16% (17%/12%)
3 Iowa State University20,223 (10,647/9,576) 17,882 (9,399/8,483) 5,071 (2,750/2,321) 88% (88%/89%) 28% (29%/24%)
4 Luther College3,640 (1,710/1,930) 2,340 (1,010/1,330) 453 (198/255) 64% (59%/69%) 19% (20%/13%)
5 University of Iowa24,132 (10,828/13,304) 20,338 (8,873/11,465) 4,510 (1,955/2,555) 84% (82%/86%) 22% (22%/19%)
6 Simpson College1,300 (590/710) 1,126 (489/637) 295 (130/165) 87% (83%/90%) 26% (27%/23%)
7 University of Northern Iowa5,085 (1,968/3,117) 4,011 (1,534/2,477) 1,482 (517/965) 79% (78%/79%) 37% (34%/31%)
8 Central College2,340 (1,289/1,051) 1,490 (805/685) 325 (175/150) 64% (62%/65%) 22% (22%/14%)
9 Coe College7,041 (2,505/4,334) 5,623 (1,931/3,608) 392 (181/211) 80% (77%/83%) 7% (9%/5%)
10 Wartburg College4,795 (2,132/2,663) 3,439 (1,453/1,986) 469 (236/233) 72% (68%/75%) 14% (16%/9%)
Average8,332 (3,840/3,840)6,231 (2,801/3,423)1,410 (663/747)74.79% (72.9%/89.1%)22.63% (23.7%/21.8%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,075 and 75th percentile is 1,287 for best schools in Iowa. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 587 and the average SAT Math score is 594.
has the highest SAT scores of -1 and has the lowest SAT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in Iowa. The following table compares SAT Scores between best schools in Iowa for academic year 2020-2021.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In Iowa
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Grinnell College49%
(178)
670750683788
2Drake University26%
(191)
560660550680
3Iowa State University17%
(869)
480630530680
4Luther College23%
(106)
510640520640
5University of Iowa27%
(1,197)
560650550660
6Simpson College8%
(23)
540610530590
7University of Northern Iowa3%
(47)
520630510600
8Central College11%
(34)
490588503585
9Coe CollegeTest Scores are recommended to submit for applying to the school, but no data is available/reported.
10Wartburg College16%
(71)
480600490600
Average20.00% 534.44639.78 540.67647.00

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

ACT Scores Comparison

The average ACT score of 25th percentile is 63 and 75th percentile is 84 for best schools in Iowa. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 25, the average ACT English score is 25, and the average ACT Math score is 24.
has the highest ACT scores of -1 and has the lowest ACT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in Iowa. The following table compares ACT Scores between best schools in Iowa for academic year 2020-2021.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In Iowa
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Grinnell College51%
(187)
3034 30352733
2Drake University69%
(509)
2330 22312229
3Iowa State University85%
(4,324)
2128 21282128
4Luther College81%
(367)
2329 22302128
5University of Iowa87%
(3,919)
2229 21302128
6Simpson College71%
(209)
2026 19251825
7University of Northern Iowa95%
(1,401)
2026 19251826
8Central College87%
(284)
1925 17251825
9Coe CollegeTest Scores are recommended to submit for applying to the school, but no data is available/reported.
10Wartburg College84%
(376)
1925 18241826
Average78.89% 21.8928.00 21.0028.11 20.4427.56

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

Application Requirements

The following table list and compare the requirements when applying best schools in Iowa based on academic year 2020-2021 data.
Application Requirements Comparison Between Best Schools In Iowa
Rank NameHS GPAHS RankHS Record Prep. ProgramRec.Compe.SAT/ACTTOEFL
1 Grinnell College
2 Drake University
3 Iowa State University
4 Luther College
5 University of Iowa
6 Simpson College
7 University of Northern Iowa
8 Central College
9 Coe College
10 Wartburg College

: Required : Considered but not Required : Recommended : Neither Required nor Recommended

  • HS GPA: High School or Secondary School GPA
  • HS Rank: High School or Secondary School Rank
  • HS Record: High School or Secondary School Record
  • Prep. Program: Completion of College Preparatory Program
  • Rec.: Recommendations
  • Comp.: Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)
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