Admission to Iowa's Regent Universities:
Regent Admission Index

Use this to calculate your index, which is part of the admission requirements for Iowa high school students applying to Regent Universities.

Definitions and Additional Information

This page contains details about the Regent Admission Index, which is used to determine automatic admission of freshman applicants to the Iowa Regent Universities.

Definitions

Test score: Enter your ACT composite score, or, if you took the SAT, enter your critical reading and mathematics scores. Your SAT score will be converted to an ACT equivalent according to the following table:

SAT Score
(Critical Reading + Math)

ACT Equivalent
(Composite)
1600
36
1540-1590
35
1490-1530
34
1440-1480
33
1400-1430
32
1360-1390
31
1330-1350
30
1290-1320
29
1250-1280
28
1210-1240
27
1170-1200
26
1130-1160
25
1090-1120
24
1050-1080
23
1020-1040
22
980-1010
21
940-970
20
900-930
19
860-890
18
820-850
17
770-810
16
720-760
15
670-710
14
620-660
13
560-610
12
510-550
11

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High school rank: Enter your position in your high school class and the number of students in your class.

If your school does not provide a class rank, use the alternative RAI calculator which does not require rank. (list of Iowa high schools that do not provide class rank)

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Grade-point average: Enter your high school grade-point average and scale.

If your school provides more than one GPA (e.g.weighted GPA and non-weighted GPA), use the best GPA.

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Number of completed core courses: Enter the number of full-year courses that you've taken or plan to take in English, mathematics, natural science, social science, and foreign language. (A one-semester course counts as 0.5.) While additional courses in areas such as the fine arts and technology will help round out your high school experience and prepare you for future careers, they are not part of the core courses used to calculate your admission index.

Working with your high school guidance counselor, consult the following document to determine what courses count in the Regent Admission Index calculation:

Acceptable courses for Regent Admission Index (Adobe PDF document)

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What Does This Index Mean?

The Regent Admission Index combines factors that strongly predict success at regent universities: ACT or SAT test score, high school rank, high school cumulative grade-point average, and the number of completed high school core courses.

There are two RAI formulas for computing students’ RAI scores, the Primary RAI formula (for students whose high schools provide class rank) and the Alternative RAI formula (for students whose high schools do not provide class rank).

Iowa high school graduates must achieve a Regent Admission Index (RAI) score of at least 245 and take the minimum number of required high school courses to qualify for automatic admission as freshmen to Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. Students who achieve a score less than 245 will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

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If You Are Not an Iowa High School Student

If you are interested in applying to an Iowa Regent University, but you are not an Iowa high school student (e.g., you are a nonresident, transfer, or returning student), visit any of the university web sites below to learn about admission requirements.

University of Iowa | Iowa State University | University of Northern Iowa

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If Your Index Score is Below 245

Students who don't achieve a Regent Admission Index score of 245, but who otherwise demonstrate potential and commitment to succeed at a Regent University, may be offered admission after an individual review of their application.

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High School Course Requirements

In addition to meeting the Regent Admission Index requirement, students must complete the minimum number of high school courses specified below for the institution to which they're applying.

Subject Area
Iowa State University
The University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
English/Language Arts
4 years of English/Language Arts emphasizing writing, speaking, reading, as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature.
4 years, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech.
4 years, including one year of composition; may also include one year of speech, communication, or journalism.
Math
3 years, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
3 years, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 4 years, including two years of algebra, one year eacg of geometry higher math (trigonometry, analysis, or calculus), for admission to the College of Engineering.
3 years, including the equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
Natural Science
3 years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics.
3 years, including courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 3 years, with at least one year each in chemistry and physics, for admission to the College of Engineering. Nursing - 3 years including one year each of biology, chemistry and physics.
3 years, including courses in general science, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics; laboratory experience highly recommended.
Social Science 2 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. 3 years, with U.S. history and world history recommended for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 2 years, with U.S. history and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Engineering.
3 years, including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology.
Foreign Language
2 years of a single foreign language for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. Foreign language courses are not required for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, or Human Sciences.
2 years of a single foreign language are required for admission. For many degrees, the fourth year of proficiency is required for graduation. Nursing - 3 years in a single language or two years each in two different languages.
Foreign language courses are not required for admission. However, two years of a foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last term will meet the university graduation requirement.
Other Courses
Specific elective courses are not required for admission to Iowa State University.
Specific elective courses are not required for admission.
Two years of additional courses from the required subject areas, foreign languages, or fine arts.

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Freshman Admission Requirements to the Regent Universities

Freshman Admission Requirements (Adobe PDF Document)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Regent Admission Index Frequently Asked Questions (Adobe PDF Document)

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For More Information

Your high school counselor is an excellent source of information about planning for college. We recommend you speak with your counselor as early as possible about taking courses that will prepare you for success in college.

For more information about the Iowa Regent Universities and admission requirements, visit the web sites below:

The University of Iowa | Iowa State University | University of Northern Iowa

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