Iowa State University Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

This is the complete guide for transferring to ISU. We suggest you read until the end - you can also use the below calculator to estimate your likelihood of being able to transfer to ISU.

What are your chances at ISU?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at ISU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

    At ISU, 20.0% of the entire student body are transfer students, so you won’t be alone.

    To read about regular admission requirements for Iowa State University, click here

    What are the transfer requirements for ISU?

    ISU requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

    Admission Item Required?
    High School Transcript Required of Some
    College Transcript Required of All
    Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
    Interview Not Required
    Standardized Test Scores Required of Some
    Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Required of All

    In addition to the above requirements, ISU also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

    ISU requires a minimum of 24 credits.

    What are Iowa State University’s Transfer Deadlines?

    Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down ISU transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

    Closing Date Reported Deadline
    Fall Transfer Deadline rolling
    Winter Transfer Deadline rolling
    Spring Transfer Deadline rolling
    Summer Transfer Deadline rolling

    Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

    We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

    In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

    When are decision dates for Iowa State University transfer applicants?

    If you applied to transfer to ISU on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

    Deadline Notification Dates
    Fall Transfer Deadline
    Winter Transfer Deadline
    Spring Transfer Deadline
    Summer Transfer Deadline

    Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

    What is Iowa State University’s transfer acceptance rate?

    In 2019, ISU received 3198 transfer applicants.

    The school accepted 2578 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for ISU is 80.61%.

    This indicates how hard it is to transfer into ISU. You can use the free calculator below to predict your chances of getting accepted.

    What are your chances at ISU?

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    Additionally, of the 2578 accepted transfer students, 1542 students enrolled - that means the yield was 59.81%.

    ISU accepts 81 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

    How can you afford ISU

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    What are the Iowa State University transfer GPA requirements?

    ISU requires a minimum college GPA of 2.0 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

    In addition, ISU requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.0.

    Will you enjoy transferring to ISU?

    There are a lot of reasons to transfer to ISU. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

    Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

    Or perhaps you’re drawn to Ames...

    Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

    Finding success at ISU is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

    These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

    If you’re considering transferring to ISU then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

    Final Verdict: How to transfer into ISU

    Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned. If you still have questions about transferring, check out the ISU website for more info.
    ISU accepts 80.61% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

    To have a shot at transferring into ISU, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.64 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 3.79. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

    The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of ISU students.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    SAT Math 520 660 590
    SAT Reading 460 610 535
    2018 Total SAT Score 980 1270 1125
    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    ACT Math 22 28 25
    ACT Reading 21 28 24
    2018 Total ACT Score 43 56 49

    Iowa State University’s average SAT score is 1125. To be a competitive applicant for Iowa State University your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

    What are your chances at ISU?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at ISU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    If you’re considering transferring to ISU, you may also want to consider the schools:

    Transfering to Missouri State University-Springfield
    Transfering to University of Nebraska-Lincoln