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Regents Approve Dropping College Entrance Exam Requirements

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents has voted to remove the ACT and SAT requirements for admission to the state’s public universities.

The requirements were temporarily waived in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and Regents Chief Academic Officer Rachel Boon says it gives the three state schools more options.


The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa use what’s called the Regent Admission Index (RAI) for classifying students. Boon says that won’t really change.


Boon says they’ve been studying the use of the college entrance exams for some time.


She says high school grades remain a big factor in admissions.


The change still needs to be approved by the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee.

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