First-Year Student Application Process
High school students who have not attended college, but who may have taken college course work while still in high school, should apply as first-year students.
Our Admission Requirements for First-Year Students vary depending on the student's area of study. See all of our Areas of Study for the admission requirements associated with each undergraduate degree program.
- Submit an application
- Pay the $40 application fee
- The fee is not refundable.
- Have your high school send us your official transcript
- If you've taken college classes, ask each college to send transcripts to us, too.
Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
- Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to us by the testing agency
- We don't require the ACT Writing Test, but we recommend it.
- Our institution code is 1356 for the ACT; 6681 for the SAT.
Deadlines vary depending on when you plan to enroll. Deadlines also vary for students applying to Nursing.
- April 1—for Summer Session or Fall Semester
- November 15—for Spring Semester
After you Apply
When we receive your application, we will send you a Hawk ID and password to track the status of your application through Your Admissions Profile on ISIS (ISIS is the Iowa Student Information Service.)
- Expect an Admission Decision within 2 business days (beginning in mid-August) from when we receive your completed application.
- Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon after January 1 as possible, even if you are not sure you will qualify for aid.
Accepting our Offer of Admission
Pay our $250 acceptance fee as soon as possible; no later than May 1 for Summer Session and Fall Semester (November 15 for Spring Semester).
- The acceptance fee must be paid before you can make Orientation reservations through your Admissions Profile on ISIS.
- The acceptance fee is refundable prior to May 1 for summer and fall applicants (prior to November 15 for spring applicants).
Your next steps will include applying for on-campus housing, applying for financial aid, and making a reservation to attend orientation, where you will register for classes.