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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

IOWA’S STATE UNIVERSITIES

SOUTH DAKOTA’S STATE UNIVERSITIES

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

UNIVERSITY OF

IOWA

IOWA

STATE

UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY

OF

NORTHERN IOWA

SOUTH

DAKOTA

UNIVERSITIES

UNIVERSITY

OF

NEBRASKA

English

4 years

4 years

4 years

4 years

4 years

Mathematics

3 years (e)

3 years (e)

3 years (g)

2-3 years (f)

4 years (h)

Laboratory

Science

3 years

3 years

3 years

2-3 years (f)

3 years

Social Studies

3 years

2 years (b)

3 years

3 years

3 years

Foreign

Language

2 years

2 years (c)

2 years

Computer

Science

1/2 year

1/2 year

Fine Arts

1 year (a)

1 year

1/2 year

Electives

2 years (d)

(a) Not required, but recommended

(b) 3 years for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

(c) Requirement for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

(3 years of H.S. Foreign Language will fulfill the college Foreign Language requirement)

(d) Could be Foreign Language or other core course selections

(e) 4 years of math for the College of Engineering

(f) Must have 3 years of either Science or Math, 2 years of other

(g) Including Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry

(h) Must be Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry and Pre-Calculus

Besides the above requirements of high school study, each university may have other stipulations such as upper 1/2

of graduating class or a minimum ACT score. To be sure of what all requirements for admission are, you should refer

to the college catalogs or visit with a representative from the college.

What’s Your RAI Score?

Effective fall semester 2009,

if you wish to enter any of the Iowa Regent universities as a freshman, you must meet the new

Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirement. If you meet the new high school course requirements listed below and you earn

an RAI score of at least 245, you will automatically qualify for admission to any of the Iowa Regent universities. If you meet

the minimum high school course requirements and you earn an RAI score below 245, you may still be considered for

admission to any of the Regent universities on an individual basis.

The most effective way to increase your RAI score

is to take additional core courses (i.e., college-prep courses offered by

your high school in any of the following subject areas: English, math, science, social studies, or foreign language). It will not

only enhance your chances for gaining admission, it will also increase your likelihood for academic success after you’ve

entered college! If you have questions about which of your high school’s courses are considered core courses, just ask your

guidance counselor.

RAI SCORE

(2 x ACT Composite Score)

+ (1 x Percentile H.S. Rank)

+ (20 x H.S. GPA)

+ (5 x Number of H.S. Core Courses)

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