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Photo: Books on shelf in light and shadow Admission to Iowa's Regent Universities: Regent Admission Index
Use this to estimate your index, part of new admission requirements for Iowa high school students applying to regent universities.
Iowa State University The University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa
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Definitions and Additional Information

This page contains details about the Regent Admission Index, which will be used to determine automatic admission to the Iowa regent universities beginning with Iowa high school students who enter in fall 2009.

Definitions
What Does This Index Mean?
If You Don't Have One of the Required Factors
If You Are Not an Iowa High School Student
If Your Index is Below 245
High School Course Requirements
Freshman Admission Requirements to the Regent Universities
Frequently Asked Questions
So What's Your RAI Score?
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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 rank, your application will be evaluated individually by the institution when you apply.

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Grade-point average: Enter your grade-point average.

If you do not have a grade-point average, your application will be evaluated individually by the institution when you apply.

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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 four factors that predict college success: ACT/SAT test score, high school rank, grade-point average, and the number of completed core courses. An index score of 245 or above is one of the requirements for Iowa high school students to be automatically admitted to Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa.

Students must also take the minimum number of high school courses required by the university to which they are applying and submit a formal application for admission.

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If You Don’t Have One of the Required Factors

If you don’t have one of the required factors used to calculate your Regent Admission Index (e.g., your school doesn’t rank or you can’t enter a grade-point average), your application will be evaluated individually by the institution when you apply.

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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.

The 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
Four years of English/Language Arts emphasizing writing, speaking, reading, as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature.
Four years, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech.
Four years, including one year of composition; also may include one year of speech, communication, or journalism.
Math
Three years, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
Three years, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Four years, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of higher mathematics (trigonometry, analysis, or calculus), for admission to the College of Engineering.
Three years, including the equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
Natural Science
Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics.
Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Three years, including at least one year of chemistry and one year of physics, for admission to the College of Engineering.
Three years, including courses in general science, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics; laboratory experience highly recommended.
Social Science 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. 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.
Three years, including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology.
Foreign Language
Two 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.
Two years of a single foreign language.
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 to The University of Iowa.
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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Regent Admission Index Frequently Asked Questions

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RAI Poster

So What's your RAI Score?

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For More Information

Your high school guidance 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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