An Update for our Fall 2021 Students :

Hello Fall 2021 Cyclones!

What a year we have all had. Here at Iowa State, we have been working hard all summer to make the admission process easier for you. As you begin your senior year of high school, with a lens toward your college adventure, we want to let you know we are here for you and ready to serve. ...

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Our Application for Admission is Open!

Students looking to enter Iowa State for Fall 2021 can apply today! Our application opened on July 1, and we look forward to reserving your seat in our next class.

ACT/SAT Testing

Because the pandemic continues to limit opportunities for students to take the ACT or SAT, Iowa State University will be test-optional for Fall 2021 freshman applicants. This temporary waiver of Iowa State’s normal admission requirements has been granted by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Understanding that many students do not have standardized test scores or may have scores that are several years old, Fall 2021 freshman applicants may now decide for themselves whether they wish to self-report their test scores and have them factored into their admission decision.

  • Students who self-report their test scores when they apply will be admitted as they always have been – based upon their Regent Admission Index (RAI) score.
  • Students who do not self-report their test scores when they apply will be admitted based upon a holistic review of their educational records. These students will not be required to submit test scores prior to enrolling.
  • All freshman applicants will also be considered for academic scholarships awarded through the Office of Admissions regardless of whether or not they submit ACT or SAT scores.
Campus Visits
Virtual Visits

We have options for everyone ranging from virtual student visits, transfer virtual visits, and specifically designed programming for admitted students. Offered most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:00 PM.

Tour Guide Live

You can also join our current students as they show you around campus using our YouVisit virtual campus tour. They will share live information on academics, traditions, housing, and their own student experiences at Iowa State. Offered most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bringing Iowa State to You

You should also check out our series of Bringing Iowa State to You sessions! These engaging sessions will focus on specific topics each week and give you a special inside look at resources, academics, and student life at Iowa State. Offered specific Thursdays.

Check out our Campus Visits website to schedule your visit today!

High School Visits

While many schools are still finalizing what the school year will look like, we are planning ways to interact with you whether you are doing your classes in your school building or at home. Watch for more information about virtual high school visits from your admissions counselor as well as additional opportunities outside of the school day.

Parent Sessions

As a parent or guardian of a soon-to-be Cyclone, this series is a great way to stay informed about upcoming deadlines, find out key information from a series of different offices around campus, and hear from guest speakers who are current Cyclone parents. Register for a Cyclone Families Connect session today!

Offered specific Tuesdays and Thursdays

Orientation Invitations

Orientation invitations will likely be sent to incoming students sometime during the month of March for the incoming Fall 2021 class.


As always, your admissions counselor is here to answer all of your questions. Don’t know who your admissions counselor is? Check out the Connect with Us section of the Iowa State website for more information. You can also schedule a 1:1 virtual appointment.

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from the comforts of your home through one of our new virtual visits
or take the opportunity to enjoy our virtual campus tour.

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