Admission Requirements

The College of Engineering admits qualified first-year students directly out of high school. To be admitted to the College of Engineering, you must:

  • Present an ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math: 640)
  • Present an ACT composite score of 25 or higher (SAT total score 1220)
  • Present a cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Meet the Minimum High School Course Requirements for Engineering;
    • 4 years of high school math
    • 3 years of high school science including chemistry and physics

If you are a homeschooled applicant, we will base our admission decision on your GPA, ACT and/or SAT scores, and courses taken.

Students who meet all primary requirements (test scores and GPA), but are missing one or more secondary requirements (high school course requirements for Engineering) OR students missing no more than one of the primary requirements (test scores and GPA) will be offered admission to Iowa as an open major and invited to complete the engineering supplemental form. Based upon review of the supplemental information, students may be admitted to Pre-Engineering.

Application Process

Apply to the College of Engineering.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1—for Fall Semester or Summer Session (March 1 for international applicants)
    Our regular admission deadline has been moved to March 1, 2017.  Students can still apply for admission through May 1, 2017, but will be placed on a wait list after March 1. Students on the wait list are not eligible for merit-based scholarships and will only be accepted on a space-available, case-by-case basis. 
  • December 1—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)

If Your First Language is Not English

The university has English Proficiency Requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Undergraduate Areas of Study in Engineering

The College of Engineering offers six majors leading to the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

General Education Component

Students admitted to the College of Engineering complete General Education Component course work in addition to the course work required for their specific major.