Regent Admission Index
The Regent Admission Index is used for admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and one of the criteria used for admission to the College of Engineering.
How to Calculate Your RAI
3 x ACT composite score or SAT Equivalent
30 x Cumulative GPA
5 x Number of years of high school courses completed in the core subject areas
Your RAI Score
Which Core Courses Count in the RAI?
Any college-prep course in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language can be used in calculating a student’s RAI score. To be considered for admission, students must have taken (or plan to take) at least 15 college-prep courses (full-year) including the following:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry (Engineering requires a 4th year of mathematics)
- 3 years of social studies (Engineering requires only 2 years)
- 2 years of the same world language
- 3 years of science, including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics.
All other courses in these areas (above and beyond those required for admission), can be used in calculating the RAI. High school counselors can help students and parents determine which courses qualify as “college-prep” or students can call the Office of Admissions.
|If applying to Liberal Arts & sciences, Business, Public Health, or Elementary Education||If applying to Engineering||If applying to Nursing DIRECT ADMISSION Program|
|4 years||4 years||4 years|
|World Languages||2 years in a single language*||2 years in a single language*||Minimum second-level proficiency in one world language*|
|Natural Science||3 years, including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics||3 years; highly recommended to have one year of physics and one year of chemistry||3 years, including one year each of biology, chemistry and physics|
|Social Studies||3 years||2 years||3 years|
|Algebra||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Geometry||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Higher Mathematics||—||1 year pre-calculus or equivalent||—|
*Liberal arts and sciences students must complete 4 years in a single language to graduate from the university. Business students must complete 4 years in one language or 2 years each in two languages. Engineering students must take 2 years in a single language. Students who have taken the requisite years in high school have fulfilled these requirements. Nursing students must complete 4 years (fourth level proficiency) of the same world language, or two years (second level proficiency) in two different world languages, or two years of the same world language plus additional required coursework.
Course requirements for international applicants from secondary/high schools outside of the US are not strictly counted. It is understood that worldwide curriculums vary widely, so evaluators of non-US transcripts will consider the educational system of each applicant and review holistically.
College-Specific Admission Requirements
First-year students at Iowa enroll in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, Public Health, or Education. See below for specific requirements for these and other UI colleges that admit undergraduates.