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Acceptance Rate 74.84%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 22.05%
Applicants 117,873
Admitted 88,215
Enrolled 19,447

Applying To Iowa Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 74.84% at Iowa colleges and universities where total 117,873 students have applied and 88,215 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $50.00 and the graduate application fees is $45.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to Iowa colleges.
General Admission Information of Iowa Colleges
Open Admission Policy48 out of 88 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 50.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 45.00
Average Acceptance Rate74.84%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)22.05%
Average Test Scores1,117 SAT / 23 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2021-2022, total 117,873 students (56,610 men and 61,237 women) applied to and 88,215 (40,967 men and 47,206 women) students were accepted to admit Iowa Colleges. Among them, 9,482 men and 10,045 women were enrolled into Iowa schools. The average acceptance rate is 74.84% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 22.05%. The table below shows the Iowa colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for Iowa Colleges (2021-2022)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants117,87356,61061,237
Admitted88,21540,96747,206
Enrolled19,4479,48210,045
Acceptance Rate 74.84% 72.37% 77.09%
Enrollment Ratio 22.05% 23.15% 21.28%
[Chart]Iowa Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For Iowa college, 2,333 students (12.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 10,040 students (49.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,226 and 25th percentile score is 1,007. 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 Writing507.00612.00
SAT Math500.00614.00
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 88 schools
Quarter0 out of 88 schools
Trimester4 out of 88 schools
Four-one-four plan7 out of 88 schools
Other academic year7 out of 88 schools
Differs by program7 out of 88 schools
Continuous17 out of 88 schools
Un-Known/Other2 out of 88 schools
Next table describes credits that Iowa colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits58 out of 88 schools
Credits for Life Experiences46 out of 88 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits58 out of 88 schools
Credit for Military Training48 out of 88 schools

Application Requirements

29 Iowa schools require High School GPA and 29 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 4 Iowa colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to Iowa colleges.
Admission Checklist for Iowa Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA292
High School Rank414
High School Record (or Transcript)291
Completion of College Preparatory Program717
Recommendations75
Formal Demonstration of Competencies00
Admission Test Scores43
TOEFL261
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)00