Admission Requirements

For admission to the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, transfer applicants (including domestic and international applicants who attended college in the United States) must have:

  • a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on at least 24 semester hours earned after high school graduation  (36 quarter hours) of acceptable graded credit, OR
  • an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree or an Associate of Science (AS) Degree from an Iowa community college, and a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.00 or higher on acceptable graded credit from all colleges attended,  OR
  • an Associate of Arts (AA) Degree from an Illinois community college and a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher on acceptable graded credit from all colleges attended (AA holders from Black Hawk College in Illinois must have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.25 or higher from all colleges attended).

Students with fewer than 24 semester hours will be considered for admission based on a combination of high school and college academic records, as well as ACT or SAT scores.

There are different requirements for International Students Transferring from a College Outside of the United States.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English also must meet the university's English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Process

Application Deadlines

  • July 15—for Fall Semester or Summer Session
  • December 1—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)

Degree Audit

When you are admitted, a Degree Audit will become part of your Admissions Profile in MyUI. The audit:

  • specifies which General Education Program Requirements and requirements for your major you still need to fulfill,
  • indicates which prerequisite courses necessary for applying to the respective colleges need to be fulfilled, and
  • monitors other degree requirements including semester hours, GPA, residency requirement, and college-specific regulations.

Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates transfer courses on General Education Program requirements, as well as a number of courses applicable to the requirements of your major. Your major department makes decisions about how the rest of your transfer courses apply toward the requirements for your major.

Transfer Policies

Review the Transfer Policies to find out about calculating your transfer GPA, Iowa's course-repeat policy, and other Iowa transfer policies.

Course Equivalency Guide

Search the Transfer Equivalency Guide for commonly transferred courses offered at other Iowa institutions and our major out-of-state transfer colleges. The system is designed for prospective students who want to know how courses will transfer to Iowa and for UI students who plan to take courses at other institutions in the summer or at other times.

Areas of Study in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

This is the university's largest college. It offers nearly 60 areas of study and is home to about 16,000 undergraduate students at Iowa.

Undergraduate Areas of Study in Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Education Program

All students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn BA, BS, BFA, BLS, or BM degrees must complete the college's General Education Program in addition to the course work required for their specific major.