International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Freshman Academic Requirements:

  • 4 years of English or your native language
  • 3 years of science (including at least two years of laboratory science courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • 3 years of math (including algebra and geometry)
  • 2 years of social studies
  • SAT or ACT test scores are not required for admission, but providing them will speed up your admission decision. SAT or ACT is required for freshman scholarship consideration.

Transfer Academic Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.25 in all transferable courses attempted (note: applicants who have earned an associate’s degree may be admitted with at least a 2.00 GPA)
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English Proficiency Requirement

Option Minimum Score or Grade Required Iowa State University Code
TOEFL 71 IBT with a 17 or above on the Speaking and Writing sections
17 on all sections on the Paper Based TOEFL (PBT)
IELTS 6.0 overall score with all sub scores 5.5 or above IELTS doesn’t use codes
*Duolingo English Test
100 overall score DET doesn't use codes
PTE 48 overall score PTE doesn’t use codes
SAT 460 Evidence-Based Writing and Reading sub score (EWR) 6306
ACT 19 English sub score 1320

The DET may be only used for *undergraduate students who enter Iowa State beginning Summer 2020 or later.

All international applicants are required to submit an English Proficiency Exam unless you reside in a country where English is the ONLY official language. Exam results must be less than two years old.

International students transferring from a U.S. College: The English proficiency requirement can be waived if you have 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.

Conditional Admission

If you meet all admission requirements but do not meet our English proficiency requirements, Iowa State offers conditional admission to attend our Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP). If you would like to enroll in IEOP, on the application choose "I would like to enroll in Iowa State’s IEOP program before I begin academic study.”

Documents required to apply to Iowa State

  1. English proficiency exam
  2. Transcripts of all high schools or universities attended
  3. Iowa State financial statement
  4. Bank statement or sponsor letter showing one year’s expenses
  5. Copy of passport/visa

For admission purposes, scanned documents are accepted. If you are offered admission to Iowa State, official final documents will be required.