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 2.75 in all transferable courses for engineering applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 for all other majors
Hide Academic Requirements by Country

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.

Click on the name of your country below to download and view/print the requirements (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Afghanistan
Akrotiri
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia/Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d Ivoire
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Dhekelila
Dominica
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Macao
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent/Grenadines
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks/Caicos Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands British
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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)
6306
IELTS 6.0 overall score with all sub scores 5.5 or above IELTS 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

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.