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Acceptance Rate 73.88%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 21.71%
Applicants 117,747
Admitted 86,996
Enrolled 18,885

Applying To Iowa Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 73.88% at Iowa colleges and universities where total 117,747 students have applied and 86,996 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $50.00 and the graduate application fees is $45.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to Iowa colleges.
General Admission Information of Iowa Colleges
Open Admission Policy48 out of 87 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 50.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 45.00
Average Acceptance Rate73.88%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)21.71%
Average Test Scores1,102 SAT / 23 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2020-2021, total 117,747 students (56,121 men and 61,416 women) applied to and 86,996 (40,326 men and 46,585 women) students were accepted to admit Iowa Colleges. Among them, 9,281 men and 9,604 women were enrolled into Iowa schools. The average acceptance rate is 73.88% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 21.71%. The table below shows the Iowa colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for Iowa Colleges (2020-2021)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants117,74756,12161,416
Admitted86,99640,32646,585
Enrolled18,8859,2819,604
Acceptance Rate 73.88% 71.86% 75.85%
Enrollment Ratio 21.71% 23.01% 20.62%
[Chart]Iowa Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For Iowa college, 3,621 students (23.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 13,702 students (68.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,209 and 25th percentile score is 995. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 77 and 25th percentile score is 56. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Iowa colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at Iowa Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing497.00602.00
SAT Math498.00607.00
ACT Composite20.0026.00
ACT Math18.0025.00
ACT English18.0026.00
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - Iowa Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - Iowa Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - Iowa Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In Iowa State, 44 schools use semester calendar systems and 0 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester44 out of 87 schools
Quarter0 out of 87 schools
Trimester4 out of 87 schools
Four-one-four plan7 out of 87 schools
Other academic year7 out of 87 schools
Differs by program7 out of 87 schools
Continuous17 out of 87 schools
Un-Known/Other1 out of 87 schools
Next table describes credits that Iowa colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits58 out of 87 schools
Credits for Life Experiences46 out of 87 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits58 out of 87 schools
Credit for Military Training48 out of 87 schools

Application Requirements

30 Iowa schools require High School GPA and 31 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 11 Iowa colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to Iowa colleges.
Admission Checklist for Iowa Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA302
High School Rank315
High School Record (or Transcript)311
Completion of College Preparatory Program719
Recommendations105
Formal Demonstration of Competencies01
Admission Test Scores116
TOEFL282
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)00