If You Attended High School Outside the United States
You must meet the following requirements for admission:
- A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on academic courses (a U.S. grade of "B" or better where an "A" = 4.0).
- Must present three years of completed secondary (high school) coursework.
- Completion of secondary school (generally representing 12-13 years of education).
- Upon completing secondary school, provide academic records (transcripts) that reflect a graduation date or a separate secondary school diploma/certificate.
- Complete our Minimum High School Course Requirements, which vary depending on whether you are applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Nursing.
- Meet our English Proficiency Requirements
- If you are applying to the College of Nursing, see the additional International Nursing Requirements.
- SAT or ACT scores are not required of international applicants who completed secondary school outside the United States; however, SAT or ACT scores are required of first-year applicants who wish to be considered for academic and athletic scholarships, Direct Admission to the Tippie College of Business, or for the University of Iowa Honors Program.
- SAT and ACT scores can be used to satisfy the university’s English proficiency requirements.
- The university encourages all applicants to take either exam, as strong results could favorably affect the decision regarding your application.
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.