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University and College Admission Requirements
The following table shows the academic requirements for admission from some of the universities and colleges that are of interest to many students. It is always to the advantage of the students to take as many of the requirements in high school as possible as well as begin to earn college/concurrent enrollment of AP credits that will transfer to their college of choice. This saves a significant amount of time and money, plus it is possible that students get into the courses of their major interest sooner and even graduate earlier than they could otherwise.
|Iowa State University||The University of Iowa||University of Northern Iowa||Optimum Recommendations for Success|
|Foreign Language||Two years of a single foreign language for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering ●Foreign language is not required for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design or Human Sciences.||Two years of a single foreign language.||Foreign Language courses are not required for admission. However, two years of foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last term will meet the University graduation requirement.||Four years of a single foreign language. By taking foreign language during all four years of high school, you’ll go beyond the basic skills and begin to use the language and reinforce your fluency.|
|English/Language Arts||Four years of English/language arts, emphasizing writing, speaking, reading, as well as an understanding and appreciation of literature.||Four years, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of literature, composition, and speech.||Four years, including one year of composition; also may include one year of speech, communication, or journalism.||Four years of English courses with an emphasis on the communication skills of writing, reading, speaking, and listening and the analysis and interpretation of literature. In addition, courses such as journalism and media literacy are valuable. Activities such as debate, speech contest, newspaper, and yearbook develop essential skills.|
|Math||Three years, including one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.||Three years, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ● Four years, including 2 years of algebra, 1 year of geometry, and 1 year of higher math (analysis, trigonometry or calculus), for admission to the College of Engineering.||Three years, including equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.||Four years, one in every year of high school. While advance courses like calculus and statistics are good, it’s more important that you gain a complete understanding of advance algebra and trigonometry.|
|Natural Science||Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics.||Three years, including one year each from any two of the following: biology, chemistry, and physics for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ●Three years, including at least one year of physics, for admission to the College of Engineering.||Three years, including courses in general science, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics; laboratory experience highly recommended.||Four years, one in each year of high school. To be really well prepared for college, take at least one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics. These can be taken in any order and may be taught productively in either a separate or integrated fashion, depending on your school.|
|Social Studies||Two years for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design, Education, Engineering, and Family and Consumer Sciences. ●Three years for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.||Three years, with U.S. history and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ●Two years, U.S. and world history recommended, for admission to the College of Engineering.||Three years, including courses in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, or sociology.||Three years is essential, but four is better. Take at least one year of U.S. history and one year of world history. Additional courses in history are recommended, if available. Beyond that, courses such as economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology provide an important understanding and background.|
|Other Courses||Specific elective courses are not required for admission to Iowa State University.||Specific elective courses are not required for admission to The University of Iowa.||Two years of additional courses from the required subject areas, foreign languages, or fine arts.||Explore! Courses in fine arts, performing arts, computers, or technology will help round out your experience. Your future career may lie in one of those areas. Follow your interest, your talents, and the strengths of your school. Choose courses with high academic standards.|