We understand that COVID-19 has caused limited access to ACT and SAT tests. Any academic disruptions you have experienced will not keep you from being considered for admission at the University of Iowa. We encourage you to apply for admission even if you do not have a test score. An individual review process will be used to make an initial admission decision for students who do not self-report a test score as part of their application. This temporary exemption by the Iowa Board of Regents removes the testing requirement for Fall 2021 applicants.

  • Students admitted to the University of Iowa without a test score may also be considered for direct admission to University of Iowa academic programs.
  • All admitted first-year students with or without an ACT or SAT score on file will be considered for scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions.
  • Students who are able to take the SAT or ACT after application or admission are encouraged to self-report or send official test scores prior to April 1, 2021 if they wish to be reconsidered for admission, direct admission to academic programs, or additional scholarship opportunities. Subsequent receipt of test scores will never negatively impact a previous admission or scholarship decision.
  • Any student who provides an ACT or SAT score either at the time of application or at a later date may be admitted using the established Regent Admission Index (RAI).

Individual Review Process

If you do not provide an ACT or SAT test score at the time of application, you may be required to submit additional academic documents, transcripts, or a personal statement to receive an admission decision. Students will be contacted via email for any additional documents.

If a personal statement is needed, this is an opportunity for the admission committee to get to know you beyond the information you supplied in the application and your grades on a transcript. Applicants may meet the personal statement requirement by submitting ONE of the following:

  • An existing/previously prepared personal statement, or
  • A response to any of the essay prompts on Common or Coalition applications, or
  • A response to this prompt: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

There are no strict word limits. We suggest that the personal statement stay around 650 words. While we won't as a rule stop reading after 650 words, we cannot promise that an overly wordy essay will hold our attention for as long as you'd hoped it would. Upload your personal statement via your Admissions Profile in MyUI.

Scholarships

All admitted first-year students entering Fall 2021 with or without an ACT or SAT score on file will be considered for merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions. Scholarship awarding decisions for students who do not provide test scores will be made following a review of a student's credentials. Students who are able to take the SAT or ACT after application or admission are encouraged to self-report or send official test scores prior to April 1, 2021 to be considered for additional scholarship opportunities. Subsequent receipt of test scores will never negatively impact a previous admission or scholarship decision.

This page will be updated regularly with information regarding testing and admission at the University of Iowa.