International Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Below are the general admission requirements for international students. To view the admission requirements for freshman or transfer students, select the appropriate type from the menu to the right.
Minimum performance requirements have been determined for students educated in most countries.
If your country is not listed, please send us an email with the name of your country, whether you are applying as a freshman or transfer, and we will send you the admission requirements separately.
English Proficiency Requirement
For the purpose of applying for admission to Iowa State University, English may be considered your primary language only if you have been raised in an environment where English is the ONLY official language of your locality and nation, and English has been the primary language used in your home.
Applicants whose primary language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirement by any one of the options listed below.
|Option||Minimum Score or Grade Required|
|TOEFL||Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) score of 71 with a minimum score of 17 in both the Writing and Speaking sections|
|Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) score of 530|
|IELTS||Overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5|
|PTE||Score of 48|
|SAT||If test was taken prior to March 2016, Critical Reading (CR) score of 420|
|If test was taken in March 2016 or later, Evidence-Based Writing and Reading (EWR) score of 460|
|ACT||English sub score of 19|
Scores from any of the exams above must be sent to Iowa State University directly from the testing agency. Scanned copies, photocopies, and web results are not accepted. Below is the Iowa State University reporting code used by each testing agency:
|Testing Agency||Iowa State University Code|
|IELTS||IELTS does not utilize institutional codes|
|PTE||PTE does not utilize institutional codes|
For international students transferring from a U.S. College: The English Proficiency Requirement can be waived if a student completed a course equivalent to Iowa State University's English 150 or English 250 with a grade of B or better from an accredited US two-year or four-year college or university (note: grade must be earned prior to enrollment at Iowa State).
If you apply for conditional admission, you will be asked on the application form if you wish to apply for Iowa State's Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP). If you would like to enroll in IEOP, please answer "Yes" to that question. IEOP is a full-time English language training program that offers classes at the same time as our regular classes.
If you meet the other admission requirements, a conditional admission letter for the bachelor's program will be issued along with the I-20 for IEOP. Please note that you must pass one of the required English proficiency examinations before you can begin regular classes.
If you prefer to improve your English proficiency on your own, please select "I do not meet this requirement yet or choose not to apply for IEOP." Your application will be held until you can submit your official examination results.