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Regent Admissions Index


RAI Calculator


Effective fall semester 2009, freshman applicants who wish to enter the Regent Universities (UNI, Iowa, & Iowa State) will be held to the new Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirement. The RAI score is based upon four factors: ACT composite score, high school class rank, cumulative high school grade point average, and the number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language.

RAI Calculation:

(2 x ACT composite score)
+ (1 x high school percentile rank)
+ (20 x high school GPA)
+ (5 x total number of core courses completed in high school)
= Your RAI Score

Applicants who complete the minimum high school course requirements and who achieve an RAI score of at least 245 will automatically qualify for admission to any of the Iowa Regent Universities. Applicants who complete the minimum high school course requirements and who achieve less than a 245 RAI score may still be admitted to a specific Regent University; however, these applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis and the admission decision will be specific to each institution. The new index places greater emphasis on your high school course selections. The more core courses you take, the higher your RAI score. Plan your high school courses carefully.



Iowa Postsecondary Institutions


Community Colleges

  • May offer an associate's (two-year) degree, certificate or diploma program.
  • Specialized occupational preparation.
  • Many students attend before transferring to a four-year college or university.
  • Class size is generally small and students are able to receive individual attention.
  • An affordable option.

Clinton Community College

Des Moines Area Community College

Ellsworth Community College

Hawkeye Community College

Indian Hills Community College

Iowa Central Community College

 Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Western Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Marshalltown Community College 

Muscatine Community College 

North Iowa Area Community College   

Northeast Iowa Community College 

Northwest Iowa Community College

Scott Community College 

Southeastern Community College 

Southwestern Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College


Heath Profession Institutions

  • May offer several levels of degrees (certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate).
  • Programs offered may include heath care administration and management; nursing, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine.
  • Class size varies by institution.
  • Length of program varies by major.
Allen College 
Des Moines University  

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Palmer College of Chiropractic  

St. Luke's College


Private Colleges/Universities

  • Offer undergraduate students a bachelor's (four-year) or associate's (two-year) degree.
  • Broad base of courses are available (such as social sciences, humanities, sciences and business).
  • Courses of study begin with general education requirements; students choose at least one area of in-depth study as their major.
  • Total enrollment is lower than at Iowa Regent Universities.

AIB College of Business 

Ashford University

Briar Cliff University

Buena Vista University 

Central College

Clarke College

Coe College 

Cornell College

Divine World College

Dordt College 

Drake University

University of Dubuque 

Emmaus Bible College

Faith Baptist Bible College

Graceland University 

Grand View College 

Grinnell College

Iowa Wesleyan College 

Kaplan University 

Loras College 

Luther College 

Maharishi University of Management

Morningside College 

Mount Mercy College 

Northwestern College 

Simpson College 

St. Ambrose University 

Upper Iowa University 

Vennard College 

Waldorf College 

Wartburg College 

William Penn University


Regent Universities

  • Offer several levels of degrees (bachelor's, master's and doctorate).
  • Include a liberal arts college as well as professional colleges and graduate programs.
  • Divided into several colleges such as the College of Business or the College of Education.
  • Wide variety of academic programs.
  • In general, universities are larger than liberal arts colleges (although there are smaller universities) with larger classes.
  • Classes are often taught in a lecture format.
Iowa State University University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa