Entry Path: High School

Students entering the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to present evidence of the following high school preparation:

  • English — 4 years
  • Mathematics — 3 years (1 year each of algebra, geometry, advanced algebra)
    A fourth year of study involving analytic geometry, trigonometry, linear algebra, and/or calculus is strongly recommended for students who will major in mathematical or scientific disciplines.
  • Science — 3 years (Including 1 year each of two of the following: biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Social Studies — 3 years
  • World Language — 2 years
    Three years or more of a single world language are strongly recommended for students who wish to continue their work in that language.

Required courses of all students at Iowa State:

  • English 150 and English 250: If you scored less than or equal to 23 on the English portion of the ACT, you will be placed in English 150; if you scored 24 or higher you are exempt from English 150 and will be placed in English 250; if you scored 23 and have a high school rank of 75% or higher, you will also be exempt from English 150 and will be placed in English 250.
  • Library 160: This is a one credit, half semester course that is completed almost entirely online. Students are encouraged to take the class their freshman year, before taking English 250.
  • U.S. Diversity: Helps students to prepare to meet the challenges of responsible citizenship and effective professional roles in the multicultural society of the United States.
  • International Perspectives: Helps students to meet the challenges of responsible citizenship and effective professional roles in a culturally diverse and global community.
  • World Language: Students who declare a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete at least one year of college level world language study unless he/she has had three or more years of a single world language at the high school level.

Transferring?

There are different requirements for students transferring from an accredited two or four year institution.