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

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This is the complete guide for transferring to Iowa. We suggest you read until the end...

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 Iowa, 22.0% of the entire student body are transfer students, so you won’t be alone.

What are the transfer requirements for Iowa?

Iowa 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 Some
Essay or Personal Statement Required of Some
Interview Not Required
Standardized Test Scores Required of Some
Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Not Required

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

Iowa requires a minimum of 24 credits.

What are University of Iowa’s Transfer Deadlines?

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

Closing Date Reported Deadline
Fall Transfer Deadline July 15
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline December 1
Summer Transfer Deadline April 1

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 University of Iowa transfer applicants?

If you applied to transfer to Iowa 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 rolling
Winter Transfer Deadline -
Spring Transfer Deadline rolling
Summer Transfer Deadline rolling

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

What is University of Iowa’s transfer acceptance rate?

In 2019, Iowa received 3299 transfer applicants.

The school accepted 2228 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for Iowa is 67.54%.

This indicates how hard it is to transfer into Iowa...

Additionally, of the 2228 accepted transfer students, 1131 students enrolled - that means the yield was 50.76%.

Iowa accepts 68 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

What are the University of Iowa transfer GPA requirements?

Iowa requires a minimum college GPA of 3.71 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

Additional Transfer Info. for Iowa

Iowa has noted the additional policies: Articulation agreements with in-state community colleges and with Black Hawk Coll and Waldorf Coll..

Will you enjoy transferring to Iowa?

There are a lot of reasons to transfer to Iowa. 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 Iowa City...

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 Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa

Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned.
Iowa accepts 67.54% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

To have a shot at transferring into Iowa, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.71 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 3.86. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

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

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
SAT Math 540 680 610
SAT Reading 480 640 560
2018 Total SAT Score 1020 1320 1170
25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
ACT Math 22 - 22
ACT Reading 22 29 25
2018 Total ACT Score 44 29 36

University of Iowa’s average SAT score is 1170. To be a competitive applicant for University of Iowa your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

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

Transfering to Iowa State University
Transfering to University of Kansas
Transfering to Kansas State University
Transfering to University of Missouri-Columbia