Catalog 2010-2012

Admission of Undergraduate Students Directly from High School

Applicants must submit a formal application for admission, together with a $40 application fee ($50 for international students), and have their secondary school provide an official transcript of their academic record, including credits and grades, rank in class, and certification of graduation. Applicants must also submit scores from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or the equivalent. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international students whose first language is not English. For undergraduate international students the minimum score for full admission is 550 on the paper‑based TOEFL or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL.  There are several alternatives to the TOEFL students can submit to prove their English proficiency.  Students with scores below this can qualify for conditional admission. Applicants may be required to submit additional information or data to support their applications.  For additional information, undergraduate and graduate international applicants should consult the Web site at

  1. Admission of undergraduate students directly from high school will be based on the Regent Admission Index (RAI) equation described below.  In addition, applicants must meet the minimum high school course requirements.

           (2 x ACT composite score)
      +  (1 x percentile high school rank)
      +  (20 x high school GPA)
      +  (5 x number of high school core courses)
          Regent Admission Index Score

  2. Applicants who are graduates of nonapproved high schools will be considered for admission in a manner similar to applicants from approved high schools, but additional emphasis will be given to scores obtained on standardized examinations.
  3. Applicants who are not high school graduates, but whose classes have graduated, may be considered for admission. They will be required to submit all academic data to the extent that it exists and achieve scores on standardized examinations, such as the GED, which will demonstrate that they are adequately prepared for academic study.
  4. Students with superior academic records may be admitted, on an individual basis, for part-time university study while enrolled in high school or during the summers prior to high school graduation.
  5. In rare situations, exceptional students may be admitted as full-time or part-time students before completing high school. Early admission is provided to serve persons whose academic achievement and personal and intellectual maturity clearly suggest readiness for collegiate-level study. The university will specify requirements and conditions for early admission.

Applicants from Iowa high schools who achieve at least a 245 RAI score and who meet the minimum number of high school courses required will qualify for automatic admission. Applicants who achieve less than a 245 RAI score may also be admitted; however, the university will review these applications on an individual basis.  After such review, applicants may:

           A. Be admitted unconditionally;

           B. Be admitted conditionally; or

           C. Be denied admission.

Applications from approved high schools in other states may be held to higher academic standards, but must meet at least the same requirements as graduates of Iowa high schools.

For purposes of calculating the RAI, SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalents, 99% is the top value for high school rank, 4.00 is the top value for GPA, and the number of high school core courses completed is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years (e.g., one semester equals 0.5 year).

The Regent universities recognize that the traditional measures of academic performance do not adequately describe some students' potential for success. Therefore, the Regent universities strongly encourage all interested students to apply for admission. Applicants who feel their academic record is not an accurate reflection of their potential for success are encouraged to provide supplemental information explaining their circumstances in addition to the application, academic transcripts, and test scores.