College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

To be admitted, you must:

Application Deadlines

  • May 1—for Fall Semester or Summer Session (March 1 for international applicants)
  • November 15—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)

College of Engineering

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 Deadlines

  • May 1—for Fall Semester or Summer Session (March 1 for international applicants)
  • November 15—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)

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Tippie College of Business—Direct Admission Program

The Tippie College of Business admits highly qualified first-year students through its Direct Admission Program. To be eligible for admission, you must:

Applicants who meet high school course requirements and either the test score or GPA requirement will be carefully considered for
direct admission.

Students who are not admitted directly into the College of Business will be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as pre-business majors and will be able to apply to the College of Business after completing prerequisite coursework.

Additional Details and Deadlines for Admission to Business

College of Nursing—Early Admission Program

Early admission to the College of Nursing is designed for high achieving high school students. There are two application options available: Early Decision or Direct Admission. To be eligible for either the Early Decision or Direct Admission, you must:

  • Meet the high school course requirements,
  • Present an ACT composite score of 28 or higher (SAT: EBRW+M 1310), and
  • Present a high school GPA of 3.80 or higher.

Applicants lacking one of the criteria above will still be invited to submit an application for early admission. Please note that each high school course is considered a separate requirement. Applicants are urged to meet all minimum requirements. All early admission candidates are expected to complete high school course content requirements prior to enrollment at Iowa. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application for the Early Decision Program. Supplemental applications are due January 1. Applicants will receive their admission decision by February 1, then have two weeks to accept their offer by paying the university’s $250 acceptance fee.

After Feb. 1, all students who meet the criteria and have submitted the supplemental application will be considered for Direct Admission to Nursing on a space-available basis until May 1. Students who aren’t admitted directly enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, then apply for competitive admission to Nursing after or while completing prerequisites.

Please see the additional details and deadlines for admission to Nursing below.

Additional Details and Deadlines for Admission to Nursing

College of Public Health—Direct Admission Program

To be eligible for admission, you must:

Applicants who meet these criteria will be strongly considered for direct admission. Admission is selective and available for fall only (starting for fall, 2016).

Applicants who meet course requirements and either the test score or GPA requirements also will be considered. Others are admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as public health interest majors and can apply to public health after completing prerequisite courses and earning the required GPA.

College of Education

The college offers degree and licensure programs for students interested in teaching at the elementary (grades K-6) and secondary (grades 7-12) levels.

First-year students enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate an interest in elementary education or major in the field they would like to teach (English, Spanish, mathematics, etc.) for secondary education. After completing required courses, students apply to a teacher education program in the College of Education. Admission is competitive.

First-year students who present an ACT composite score of 27 or higher (SAT: EBRW+M 1280) and a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher are admitted directly to the Elementary Teacher Education Program.

Additional Details and Deadlines for Admission to Education

Carver College of Medicine

The Carver College of Medicine offers undergraduate programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Radiation Sciences, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students interested in these majors should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Additional Details and Deadlines for Admission to Medicine

College of Pharmacy

The college offers a professional program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. First-year students enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years of pre-pharmacy study and then apply to the PharmD program. Admission is highly competitive and very selective.

Additional Details and Deadlines for Admission to Pharmacy