The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business offers a nationally ranked business degree and unique, hands-on opportunities to set you apart. Tippie students choose from six majors in addition to learning fundamental business principles from the college's core curriculum.

The Tippie College of Business admits highly qualified first-year students through its Direct Admission Program.

In order to be admitted, you must:

  • Meet the high school course requirements.
  • Present an ACT composite score of 26 or higher (SAT: EBRW+M 1230).   
  • Present a high school GPA of 3.60 or higher.

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

For students entering in Fall 2022, you may be admitted to this college without a test score. 

What if I don't meet direct admit criteria?

Students who are not admitted directly into the College of Business still have a path to a business degree. If you meet the admission criteria for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you will start as pre-business major in that college. During your second year at Iowa, you'll apply for standard admission to the Tippie College of Business

First-year students admitted to Iowa as a pre-business student also have the option to petition for direct admission. 

Petition for direct admission:

If you're not selected for direct admission, you can petition for the Tippie College of Business to review your specific situation again. You must be admitted to the University of Iowa as a pre-business student in order to petition. Graduating high school seniors may petition for Fall 2022 direct admission beginning October 1, 2021. Petitions will be accepted through August 1, 2022. Please contact the Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Program Office at 319-335-1037 if you have questions or need more information about the direct admission petition process.

petition for direct admission 

Application Deadlines

November 1

Early Action Priority for Fall Semester


May 2

Summer Session or Fall Semester