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University of Iowa 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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The 2019 admissions at the University of Iowa saw an 86% admit rate. As per the survey conducted in Fall 2019, a total number of 32,535 students were enrolled at the University of Iowa, out of which 23,482 were enrolled in various undergraduate programs. 70% of the students enrolled, ranked in the top 30% of their class. 90% of those enrolled were in the top 50% of their class. 

The University of Iowa offers admissions to students under various UG, PG and doctoral courses. As per the US News and World Report (2019), the institute has 11 graduate programs that rank under the top 10 in the US, making it a popular choice for pursuing higher studies from an American college. The University of Iowa has an 86% first-year retention rate and around 95% of the graduating students find a job or pursue higher education within six months of their graduation.

The average SAT score accepted for 2018 admissions at the University of Iowa was 1240, while the average ACT score was 25.7. The application fee differs for international students, for both UG and PG courses. The admissions are offered during the Fall, Spring and Summer seasons.

  • Applications for international UG students begin around September for Spring, Summer and Fall session admissions.
  • The admissions decisions are received within 4 – 5 weeks, post-application submission.
  • UG students can apply through the official application portal of the University of Iowa via My UI Admission Portal.
  • Deadlines, application portals, and academic requirements vary for each Graduate program. The application fee is the same for all graduate courses.


Application PortalUG: My UI Admission Portal
PG: Varies
Application FeeUG: 80 USD
PG: 100 USD
Acceptance Rate81%
Graduation Rate70%
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard Credit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)Math + EBRW: 1130 - 1310
ACT Score (middle 50%)23 – 28
Average GPA (2019)3.76
International Application DeadlinesUG/PG: Varies
Student to faculty ratio15:1
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring/Summer
Work ExperienceRecommended for MBA and MSBA aspirants
InterviewRequired for admission to MBA full-time program
Financial AidAvailable

University of Iowa Admission Deadlines

The admission process at the University of Iowa begins either during the Fall, Spring or Summer season. The following table indicates the application deadline for international students:

Course NameDeadline
Undergraduate CoursesSpring: October 1
Fall: May 1
Postgraduate CoursesVaries with program

University of Iowa International Admissions

The University of Iowa accepts meritorious and hard-working international applicants into its various programs given that they fulfill the given requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Secondary school diploma/ certificates or undergraduate degree(depending on the type of program opted)
  • Grades above average
  • Evidence of English language skills
  • Program-specific required standardized tests scores

SAT/ACT is not necessary unless the applicant wishes to be considered for scholarships provided by the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa English Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the University of Iowa:

  • TOEFL (IBT): 80, with no part score less than 17
  • IELTS: 6.5

Visa Requirements

International students who have applied for a program at the University of Iowa must wait for their offer of admission before they request an F-1 or J-1 visa status.

Upon receiving the offer, they must log in to their MyUI account and access iHawk to upload the necessary financial documents required by the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) office.

Once the I-20 form is issued from the University of Iowa, the applicant can visit the nearby US Consulate for their visa appointment and apply for an F-1 visa status.

International students must request their immigration documents via eShipGlobal through express mail. For this, students need a username and password. Students can request the documents once they have ana account using their University of Iowa ID number, mailing address and other needed information.

University of Iowa International Undergraduate Admission

Around 200 majors and minors are offered at the undergraduate level at the University of Iowa. The prospective students can apply through the official application portal.

Application Portal: Iowa Office of Admissions

Application Fee: 80 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application if they wish to apply for a scholarship or use them to prove their English language proficiency. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The average scores accepted for the recent 2018 admissions are as follows:

Test NameAverage Scores25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Math640570730
SAT EBWR600530670
SAT Composite124011001400
ACT Composite262328

Supporting Documents: Unofficial transcripts, 12-13 years of primary and secondary education proof, leaving certificate, above average grades in a secondary school program and official financial statement.

University of Iowa International Graduate Admission

More than 100 areas of study are offered for graduate and professonal students by the University of Iowa. The university offers several combined degree, online and distance-education programs.

Applcation deadlines and admission requirements differ with the area of study opted for. International applicants must apply at their earlist to provide enough time for application evaluation and visa process.

Academic Requirements

Minimum academic requirements for admission into a University of Iowa Graduate College are:

  • An undergraduate/bachelor's degree equivalent to that of a regionally accredited American College
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Finacial statement(upon acceptance)
RequirementsMBAMS ECEMA Journalism and Mass CommunicationMA Political ScienceMS Mechanical Engineering
DeadlineSummer – May 1,
Fall(priority) – March 15,
Fall(Final) – August 1
Fall – January 1Fall – January 10Fall – January 7Fall – Janurary 15,
Spring – September 1
Application Fee100 USD100 USD100 USD100 USD100 USD
Application PortalOwen Tippie College of BusinessIowa Office of AdmissionsIowa Office of AdmissionsIowa Office of AdmissionsIowa Office of Admissions
GRE/GMATRequiredNot required if not taken testRequiredRequiredRequired
TOEFL/IELTSRequiredRequiredMinimum 108/7.5 requiredRequiredRequired
CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequiredRequired
LORRequiredThree requiredRequiredThree requiredThree required
Additional RequirementsUnofficial transcripts, personal essays, 2 references and proof of 18 months full-time work experience.Academic transcripts, LORs, personal statement, writing samplesMinimum GPA 3.0, Contact infor of the recommendersSOP, Financial statement, Application for Graduate awards, writing sampleUnofficial transcripts, SOP, minimum GPA- 3.0

Programs that require letters of recommendations will need contact information of the recommenders. They will be contacted by the University and provided to submit the recommendation electrically.

The admission committee at the University of Iowa holistically evaluates each application. The students receive a decision within a month of application submission. The university releases the I-20 visa’s information as soon as the applicant accepts the offer. The applicant must pay the SEVIS fee of 200 USD within two weeks of visa application notification. 

Non-US students can avail financal asistance from the University of Iowa, however there are limited number of merit scholarships. International students are suggested to seek financial aid and scholarships from other sources as well.

The total number of applications received for 2018 admissions was 24,097 out of which 19,518 were admitted, thus An admit rate of 81% for the 2018 admissions was seen. Overall the admission rate has been higher at the University of Iowa in comparison to other universities in the US.

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