In accordance with recommendations by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the exception of some limited campus walking tours, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions is suspending most on-campus visits and information sessions indefinitely.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this suspension of services and are disappointed that we are unable to welcome our future Hawkeyes on campus. However, the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, staff, and guests is our number one priority and we are taking proactive measures to ensure the well-being of our community.  

Our office is ready and excited to support future students with additional online opportunities, including offering individual one-on-one meetings with admissions representatives. You can also view our YouTube channel for videos of campus tours, academics, and student life. Our Instagram and student blogs are also great ways to get an authentic look at life at Iowa.  You can also view our virtual campus tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there someone in Admissions that can help me with my questions?

Yes! Our Office of Admissions staff are still available to help you with any questions, concerns, or problems you may have. While we are not currently on campus, we are working regular hours remotely. Visit our contact us page to find the best way to reach us.

Visiting Campus?

In accordance with recommendations by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the exception of some limited campus walking tours, most on-campus visits and information sessions are suspended indefinitely. Currently, we are not taking registrations for future on-campus visits. Register for our online events or counselor calls (phone or video). Visit our campus virtually through our YouTube channel featuring videos of campus tours, student life, as well as our residence halls. You can also view our virtual campus tour.

Are there ways I can learn more about the University of Iowa virtually?

Absolutely! For a virtual tour of campus, check out our YouTube channel featuring students on campus and around Iowa City. Our admissions representatives are also offering individual one-on-one meetings and virtual information sessions should you have questions about the admissions process. Additionally, our Instagram and student blogs are great ways to get an authentic look at life at Iowa. 

Can I still apply and be admitted?

Yes, we encourage you to still apply! Our staff in the Office of Admissions will still be reviewing applications through the May 1st deadline. For any questions on completing your application, please reach out to us at

Do I need to pay my acceptance fee by May 1?

Yes, the University of Iowa is adhering to the May 1 decision deadline. You can accept admission and pay the $250 acceptance fee on your Admissions Profile

Questions about your acceptance fee?

We are aware that many students are still wrestling with questions about what the future may hold. At the University of Iowa, we are looking to the future with excitement. The University of Iowa plans to be back on campus this fall as we welcome our new and returning students to Iowa City. There is diligent planning underway to ensure our campus is safe and clean following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That being said, we have heard the concerns expressed by some of our prospective students and families that the student experience may be impacted if the university has to move to online-only courses for the fall. As you face decisions regarding your plans for this fall, we want you to move forward with optimism.

If we are only able to offer online instruction this fall and you choose not to enroll, you will have your acceptance fee fully refunded ($250). While we are a national leader in providing online instruction, we understand not all students are seeking this experience. We look forward to you joining the Hawkeye Family this fall, and we want to remove any barriers that are limiting your excitement or confidence about choosing Iowa.

Can I still sign up for on-campus housing?

Yes! The application for housing is still available and can be found in your Admissions Profile. Please note the deadline to apply for housing is still May 31st. 

My high school/college/community college is not open, how can I get transcripts?

We understand that many schools, colleges, and universities may be unable to provide transcripts. If this has prevented you from completing your application or your application checklist, please contact us at

What should I do if my scheduled ACT/SAT test was cancelled and/or I cannot take a test?

We understand that many ACT/SAT tests were cancelled. If this has prevented you from completing your application or your application checklist, please contact us at

We have provided a way to apply to the University of Iowa without test scores. See our Fall 2021 testing details for more information.

Will the University of Iowa take my Advance Placement (AP) scores with the changes to this year’s tests?

Yes, see our Advanced Placement Program Credit Policies for details.

Will completing a course Pass/Fail this semester impact me?

Prospective First-Year Students: We understand that many high schools will be issuing a Pass/No designation in lieu of a letter grade this spring. This designation will not adversely affect a student’s admission or standing at the University of Iowa. Dropping core courses or not passing core courses could negatively impact admission just as it would if letter grades were issued. Most importantly, we still need to receive a final transcript with a High School Graduation date. 

Prospective Transfer Students: The spring 2020 term will serve as an exception to standard course grade policies for both current students and prospective transfer students. Transfer students to Iowa will not have restrictions on the number of courses they took for "pass" or "credit" in spring 2020. These credits will transfer and be applied to their program of study.

Questions about Orientation and Registration?

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the University of Iowa has made the difficult decision to transition to online orientation and registration programs and services through the end of July 2020. In-person programs scheduled for May, June, and July to register for summer and fall courses will transition to an online format. While we know our future Hawkeyes and their families looked forward to an on-campus experience, please rest assured you will receive the support you need to succeed through this virtual experience. We currently plan to hold programs scheduled for August on campus.

For Orientation Program updates, please visit, or reach out to Orientation Services at with any questions or concerns. 

Questions about financial aid?

Please visit the Financial Aid FAQ’s at: or reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid at with any questions or concerns. 

Questions about International Admissions or travel?

Please visit the International Students and Scholars FAQ’s at:

This page will be updated regularly with information regarding admissions visits.

For updated information about the University of Iowa's preparation and response to COVID-19, visit