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Iowa State University - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Students applying for admission into the engineering college that have received unconditional admission to Iowa State University are automatically admitted into the college.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

New students that have been admitted into the engineering college can also be admitted to the department of their choice. Alternatively, these students can be admitted into as undeclared engineering students until they find the major that is the right fit for them.

However, before enrolling in the professional courses (200-level and above) offered by engineering departments they must:

1. Complete the basic program with a grade point average of 2.00 or better in the basic program courses.
2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better for all courses taken at Iowa State University.

The College of Engineering requires a grade of C or better for any transfer credit course that is applied to the basic program.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

For the purpose of applying to Iowa State, English may be considered your native language if you have been raised in an environment where English is the only official language of your locality and nation, and English has been the primary language used in your home. Applicants whose native language is not English must meet an English proficiency requirement. They may do so in one of the following ways:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 71 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) or 530 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is required. Official scores should be reported directly to Iowa State University by the testing agency. Iowa State's reporting code is 6306. (Photocopies are not accepted.)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An overall band score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5 is required. Scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the testing center where you took the IELTS. (Photocopies are not accepted.)

SAT I Critical Reading/ACT-English: A minimum score of 420 on the Verbal Section of the SAT I or an ACT English sub score of 16 (same for engineering applicants). Scores should be reported directly to Iowa State University by the testing agency. (Photocopies are not accepted.)

If a TOEFL score is too low, a student may wish to consider applying to Iowa State's full-time Intensive English and Orientation Program (IEOP) to improve their English proficiency. They may retake the TOEFL as many times as they would like. While ISU encourages students to take the TOEFL before coming to campus, they do not have to meet the minimum score to be offered admission. ISU does offer conditional admission to otherwise well-qualified applicants. Students would be invited to take our Institutional TOEFL the week before classes begin. If they achieve the required score, they would begin their academic program immediately. If they did not meet the minimum, they would be automatically admitted to the IEOP at Iowa State, and academic study delayed until the minimum requirement was met.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Nonresidents of Iowa, including international students, may be held to higher academic standards, but must meet at least the same requirements as resident applicants.

Residency Requirements

In determining resident or nonresident classification, the issue is essentially one of why the person is in the state of Iowa. If the person is in the state primarily for educational purposes, that person will be considered a nonresident. For example, it may be possible that an individual could qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting, or holding an Iowa Driver's license, and not meet the residency requirements as established by the Board of Regents for admission, tuition, and fee purposes.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants must submit an application for admission, and the appropriate application fee (see for current application fee information). Applicants must also request that each college they have attended send an official transcript of record to the Office of Admissions. Failure to provide transcripts from all colleges or universities attended may result in denial of the application or dismissal from the university. If less than 24 semester hours of graded transferable college credit is completed prior to entry at Iowa State University, applicants must also request that their official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Other transfer applicants are encouraged to provide high school academic information. Students who do not do so may be asked to take course placement examinations during orientation.

U.S. citizen and immigrant applicants who have not graduated from an approved U.S. high school and whose primary language is not English must meet the university's English communication requirement. This can be accomplished by achieving satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the SAT. Contact the Office of Admissions for minimum score requirements for each examination.

A. Transfer applicants with a minimum of 24 semester hours of graded transferable credit from regionally accredited colleges or universities, who have achieved for all college work previously attempted the grade point average required by Iowa State for specific programs, will be admitted. A 2.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 grading scale) is the minimum transfer grade point average requirement. Some programs may require a transfer grade point average higher than this minimum. Higher academic standards may be required of students who are not residents of Iowa, including international students.

Applicants who have not maintained the grade point average required by Iowa State University for specific programs or who are under academic suspension from the last college attended generally will be denied admission.

B. In addition to meeting the minimum transfer grade point average requirement described above, applicants who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of graded transferable college credit prior to their enrollment at Iowa State must also meet the admission requirements for students entering directly from high school.

C. Transfer applicants under disciplinary suspension will not be considered for admission until information concerning the reason for the suspension has been received from the college assigning the suspension. Applicants granted admission under these circumstances will be admitted on probation.

D. Transfer applicants from colleges and universities not regionally accredited will be considered for admission on an individual basis, taking into account all available academic information.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 261
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 87