Undergraduate Admissions - The University of Iowa

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First-Year Admission

An instructor leads a class.Our admission requirements vary depending on what you plan to study.

Admission to Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers more than 60 undergraduate majors as well as many minors and interdisciplinary certificate programs.  In addition, the College offers preparatory coursework for Medicine, Dentistry, Law and other professional and advanced degrees programs.

Admission to Business

The Tippie College of Business admits highly qualified first-year students through its Direct Admission Program. First-year students with an ACT composite score of 27 or higher (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1210 or higher) and a high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.70 or higher will be admitted directly into the Tippie College of Business. Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but present strong academic records, will be carefully considered. First-year applicants who satisfy the admission criteria for the University of Iowa, but who are not admitted to the Tippie College of Business as a direct admit, may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a pre-business major.

Admission to Engineering

The College of Engineering admits based on completion of high school course requirements, an ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 620 or higher), and a RAI score of 245 or higher for Iowa residents, 255 or higher for residents of other states.

Admission to Nursing

The College of Nursing admits highly qualified first-year students through its Early Decision Program. Students who aren't admitted through the Early Decision Program enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, then apply for competitive admission to nursing.

Admission to Education

First-year students enroll in th College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate an interest in elementary education or major in the field they would like to teach for secondary education. After completing required courses, students apply to a teach education program in the College of Education. Admission is competitive.

First-year students who present an ACT composite score of 27 or higher and a high school GPA of 2.8 or higher are admitted directly to the Elementary Teacher Education Program.

Admission to Pharmacy

The college of pharmacy offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. First-year students enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years or pre-pharmacy study and then apply to the PharmD program. Admission is highly competitive and very selective.

Admission to Medicine

The Carver College of Medicine offers undergraduate programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Radiation Sciences, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students interested in these majors should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.