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002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018
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Phone:  (319) 273-2281
Fax:  (319) 273-2885
eMail:  admissions@uni.edu

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Freshmen Admission Requirements

Regents Admissions Index

Students who wish to enter the University of Northern Iowa directly from high school will be considered for admission based upon four factors:

  1. ACT composite score.
  2. High school grade point average.
  3. High school class rank.
  4. Number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas.

A Regent Admission Index (RAI) score will be calculated for each applicant, based on the following equation:

RAI = (2 x ACT composite score) + (1 x high school rank) + (20 x high school grade point average) + (5 x number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas)

Note: For purposes of calculating the RAI, ACT composite score has a top value of 36 (SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalent); high school rank is expressed as a percentile, with 99 as the top value; high school GPA is expressed on a 4-point scale; and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years of study.

To calculate your unofficial Index score use the online RAI Calculator.

Applicants who achieve at least a 245 RAI score and who meet the minimum high school course requirements are guaranteed admission. Applicants who achieve less than a 245 RAI score but meet the minimum high school course requirements will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Applicants from high schools that do not provide class rank will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

 

Minimum High School Course Requirements for Admission

Students who wish to enter the University of Northern Iowa directly from high school must also meet the minimum high school course requirements for admission as indicated below:

*Two years of one foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last course meets the university graduation requirement. The university highly recommends that students fulfill this requirement while in high school.

**Fine arts courses count toward meeting the 15 minimum core course requirements, but are not counted in the RAI calculation. 

NCAA's List of Approved CoursesUNI uses the NCAA's List of Approved Courses as the primary resource in determining whether a course is acceptable toward high school course requirements. You may access your high school's List of Approved Courses at the following Web site: http://www.eligibilitycenter.org.

SubjectRequirementDescription
English4 yearsMay include one year of speech, communications and/or journalism.
Mathematics3 yearsMust include equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
Science3 yearsGeneral science, biology, chemistry, earth science and/or physics are acceptable. Laboratory experience is highly recommended.
Social Studies3 yearsAnthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology and/or sociology are acceptable.
Electives2 yearsAdditional courses from subject areas identified above are acceptable. May include foreign language* and/or fine arts**.