Post-Secondary Admission

  • No one pattern of preparation will invariably meet admission requirements at all colleges. A four-year comprehensive and balanced program in the major academic subjects is strongly advised and will meet most college requirements and/or recommendations.

    Regent Admission Index (RAI)

    Iowa high school graduates must achieve a Regent Admission Index (RAI) score of at least 245 and take the minimum number of required high school courses to qualify for automatic admission as freshmen to Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. The RAI Core Course Lists provide each Iowa high school with a list of their respective courses that are accepted for the RAI. Students who achieve a score less than 245 will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

    The RAI combines factors that strongly predict success at the Regent Universities: ACT or SAT test score, high school cumulative grade-point average, and the number of completed high school core courses. The Alternative RAI formula is used for Valley High School students because Valley High School does not provide class rank.

    Below is a list of the RAI approved courses at Valley High School, as well as the formula needed to calculate the Regent Admission Index Score.

    Formula:  (3 x ACT composite score) +  (30 X high school GPA) +  (5 X number of high school core courses) =

    2023 RAI Core Course List

  • Iowa Regents Schools

    Students need to refer to college requirements found online on college websites. Listed below are college requirements for the three state universities, set forth by the Iowa Board of Regents.

  • Iowa State University

  • The University of Iowa

  • University of Northern Iowa

  • Private Schools

  • Highly Competitive Colleges/Universities

Last Modified on December 13, 2023