Iowa State University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Iowa State University was founded in 1858 as the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. It was the first land-grant university in the United States and the first college west of the Mississippi to be designated a land-grant university. The college’s mission was to teach agriculture, horticulture, and mechanical arts. By 1899, Iowa State had become one of the nation’s leading colleges of agriculture and home economics. In 1958, it became Iowa State University of Science and Technology. It adopted its current name in 1959.

The campus has grown significantly over the years, with new buildings being constructed for research, teaching, and student life. The campus now covers over 2000 acres and is home to more than 34,000 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries worldwide. The university is renowned for its contributions to science and technology; it has produced 15 Nobel Prize winners since 1901. Notable alumni include Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, astronaut Steve Hawley, former US Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, and former US Senator Tom Harkin. Today, Iowa State University continues to be a leader in research, teaching excellence, service learning opportunities for students, global engagement initiatives, sustainability efforts on campus and beyond. Check Searchforpublicschools for a list of public schools in Tennessee.

Iowa State University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Iowa State University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Iowa State University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Iowa State University’s admissions process is highly competitive and selective. In 2019, the university received a total of 23,812 freshman applications and accepted 9,711 of them. This indicates an acceptance rate of 40.9%. The average GPA for admitted freshmen was 3.8 out of 4.0 and the middle 50% range for SAT scores was 1110-1300. For the ACT, the middle 50% range was 24-30. Out of the accepted students, 73% were in the top 25% of their high school class and 8% were international students from over 70 countries around the world. The student body is diverse with almost one quarter being non-white/non-residential aliens. The gender ratio is split almost evenly with 52% female students and 48% male students enrolled in 2019.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 81%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 81%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 15,066
Female applicants 7,269
Male applicants 7,797
Applicants accepted 12,135
Female applicants accepted 5,969
Male applicants accepted 6,166
Freshman enrollment 4,552
Female freshman enrollment 2,085
Male freshman enrollment 2,467
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 73%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 100%
Average high school GPA 3.5
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 9%
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 460-640
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 530-670
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 93%
Average ACT Composite score 25
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 22-28
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 21-28
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 22-28