Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must:

If your school does not rank, we will base our admission decision on your GPA, ACT and/or SAT scores, and high school courses.

If you are a homeschooled applicant, we will base our admission decision on your GPA, ACT and/or SAT scores, and courses taken.

If you took the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), admission requirements are a minimum score of 15 on each of the five subtests (Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science) and a minimum total score of 75. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

First-Year Student Application Process

Application Deadlines

  • March 1—for Fall Semester or Summer Session (March 1 for international applicants)
    Due to space concerns from a high volume of applications for Fall 2017, our regular admission deadline has been moved to March 1, 2017.  Students can still apply for admission through May 1, 2017, but will be placed on a wait list after March 1. Students on the wait list are not eligible for merit-based scholarships and will only be accepted on a space-available, case-by-case basis. 
  • December 1—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)

If Your First Language is Not English

The university has English Proficiency Requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Areas of Study in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

This is the university's largest college. It offers nearly 60 areas of study and is home to about 16,000 undergraduate students at Iowa.

Undergraduate Areas of Study in Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Education Program

All students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn BA, BS, BFA, BLS, or BM degrees must complete the college's General Education Program in addition to the course work required for their specific major.