The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the main undergraduate college at Iowa, and works closely with the Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Education, and other UI colleges.

Choose from 68 majors—you can choose more than one, and add minors and certificates, too—to create an individualized academic experience that will help you achieve your professional goals.

Transfer Admission to Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs

For admission to the 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.

Degree Audit

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

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

Transfer Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates 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.

  • Review our Transfer Policies to find out about calculating your transfer GPA, Iowa's course-repeat policy, and other Iowa transfer policies.
  • 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.
  • Some programs have developed transfer plans for students planning to transfer from select colleges. Review our Transfer Planning Resources for more information. 

Application Deadlines

July 15

Fall Semester or Summer Session


December 1

Spring Semester