Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applying for Admission

Make arrangements to have the following documents sent directly to Upper Iowa University, PO Box 1857, Fayette, IA 52142:

  1. A completed application for admission. Apply online and the application fee will be waived.
  2. Official transcripts from each college and university you previously attended. Official reports for advanced placement may also be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution. They must not pass through your hands.
  3. Official transcript of your high school record for those seeking admission as a freshman. This requirement is fulfilled by one of the following:
    1. An official high school transcript
    2. Official GED certificate or score report
    3. Evidence of a passing score on tests recognized by the state such as the High School Equivalency Test (HSET) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
    4. Official college or university transcript that lists the high school graduation date
    5. For International students only, official transcripts verifying completion of secondary education
  4. For those seeking admission as a freshman, submit ACT or SAT scores. If English is not your native language, submit official proof of English proficiency (see page 19 for details on meeting English proficiency requirements).

Each application is reviewed by the Director of Admission. Primary consideration for admission is based upon academic preparation, academic performance, and test scores with secondary consideration based on extracurricular activities and leadership qualities.

Our presumption is that candidates selected for admission to Upper Iowa University will continue to maintain a level of academic accomplishment equal or superior to their record at the time of application. Additionally, applicants who receive an offer of admission while completing high school must understand that the offer of admission is contingent upon the completion of their high school diploma, or the equivalent. Upper Iowa University reserves the right to rescind offers of admission to candidates whose final academic records are at levels lower than the record on which the admission decision was based. As well, Upper Iowa University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission to anyone who has falsified, or otherwise misrepresented information related to the admissions process, or for reasons of conduct inappropriate to the ethos of the university.

Each applicant learns of the admission decision within seven days following receipt of the completed application and supporting papers. In the case where a student has completed all application requirements with the exception of submitting an official transcript(s), Upper Iowa University may provide provisional admittance immediately prior to each session if the student meets the following conditions:

  1. Application to UIU has been submitted late, i.e., approximately 30 days prior to the start of a given session.
  2. Evidence is provided indicating that the transcript(s) has (have) been requested.
  3. Evidence is provided indicating that the student is in good standing with any previously attended college or university from which he/she is transferring.
  4. Evidence of a high school diploma or GED is provided.

A student entering Upper Iowa University under provisional admittance will be cleared for full acceptance upon receipt of the official transcript(s). The official transcript(s) are expected to be received by Upper Iowa University within 14 days of the date on the provisional admittance letter.

Failure to comply with the above conditions may result in the offer of admission being rescinded.

Students offered acceptances submit the following before enrolling:

  1. An enrollment deposit of $250 deposit. (Students register for classes and housing after the University receives the deposit.) The deposit is refundable through May 1 of the application year (December 31 for second-semester applicants).
  2. Final transcripts of all high school and college work completed.
  3. Housing and health forms will be sent by Student Life.


Admission Guidelines


Each application for admission is considered based on the following factors:

  1. Graduation from a secondary school, or completion of the General Education Diploma (GED).
  2. Grade point average of secondary school work.
  3. Rank in secondary school graduating class.
  4. Results on standardized tests (ACT or SAT).
  5. Extracurricular activities and leadership.

Early admission

With the recommendation of their principal and guidance counselor, high school students may apply for early admission to the University. This permits outstanding students to begin their college program during the summer prior to their senior year or while completing their final high school units. Individuals interested in early admission should contact the Office of Admission.

Honors Program

The UIU Honors program is designed to enrich the academic experience of students through student-centered education in interdisciplinary course work, small classes, and thoughtful discussion. Students’ views are respected, innovation is encouraged, and ideas are developed. The UIU Honors experience culminates with an individual project that is designed by the student and carried out under the mentorship of faculty. Students with a composite ACT score of 26 or above and a high school GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply online for admittance to the UIU Honors program.

UIU Honors Program Mission
Participants of the UIU Honors Program will have a broad interconnected and ever evolving view of the world. They will be adaptable, self-motivated individuals who constantly challenge their assumptions about the world and their role in it. They will develop the capability to be innovators and leaders in a dynamic global community. Honors Program information