• Minimum Requirements for Admission

    In the table below you will find the minimum requirements for admission of Iowa's public universities as well as recommendations for success in different areas of education.

School Foreign Language English / Language Arts Math Natural Science Social Studies Other Courses
ISU Two years of a single foreign language for admission to Liberal Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Foreign language courses not required for admission to Agriculture, Business, Design, or Human Sciences. Four years of English/Language Arts emphasizing writing, speaking, reading as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature. Three years, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra Three years, including one year of each from any tow of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics. Two years for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, Human Sciences, and Engineering. Three years for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Specific elective courses are not required for admission to Iowa State University.
University of Iowa Two years of a single foreign language. Four years, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech. Three years, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, for admission to Liberal Arts and Sciences. Four years, including two years of algebra, one year geometry, and one year of higher math (trigonometry, analysis, calculus), for admission to Engineering. Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics for admission to Liberal Arts and Sciences. Three years, including at least one year of chemistry and one year of physics, for admission to Engineering. Three years, with U.S. history and world history recommended for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Two years, with U.S. history and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Engineering. Specific elective courses are not required for admission to the University of Iowa
University of Iowa Two years of a single foreign language. Four years, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech. Three years, including two years of algebra & one year of geometry, for admission to Liberal Arts & Sciences. Four yrs, including two years of algebra, one yr geometry, & one year of higher math (trigonometry, analysis, or calculus), for admission to Engineering. Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics for admission to Liberal Arts and Sciences. Three years, including at least one year of chemistry and one year of physics, for admission to Engineering. Three years, with U.S. history and world history recommended for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Two years, with U.S. history and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Engineering. Specific elective courses are not required for admission to the University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa Foreign language courses not required for admission. Two years of a foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last term will meet UNI graduation requirement Four years, including one year of composition; also may include one year of speech, communication, or journalism. Three years, including the equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra. Three years, including courses in gen. science, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics; lab. experience highly recommended Three years, including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology Two years of additional courses from the required subject area, foreign languages or fine arts.
Optimum - Recommendations for success Four years of a single foreign language. Four years will take you beyond the basic skills and begin to use the language and reinforce your fluency Four years of English courses with an emphasis on communication skills of writing, reading, speaking & listening & the analysis and interpretation of literature. Four years, one in each year of high school. While advanced courses like calculus and statistics are good, it’s important that you gain a complete understanding of advanced algebra & trigonometry Four years, one in each year of high school. To be really well prepared for college, take at least one year each of biology, chemistry and physics (in any order). Three years is essential, but four is better. Take at least one year of U.S. and one year of world history. Additional courses in history are recommended. Explore! Courses in fine & performing arts, computers or technology will help round out your high school experience. Follow your interests talents & choose courses with high academic standards.