Regents Admissions Index: what you need to know.

High school students applying to UNI with a test score are considered for admission based on their completion of high school course requirements and their Regent Admission Index (RAI). 

To qualify for automatic admission as freshmen, students must achieve a Regent Admission Index (RAI) score of at least 245 and meet the minimal high school course requirements. Students who achieve a score less than 245 will be considered for admission on an individual basis. 

The RAI combines factors that predict success: ACT or SAT test score, high school cumulative grade-point average and the number of completed high school core courses.

RAI Formula

ACT Composite x 3
+ (30 x Cumulative GPA)
+ (5 x Number of years of high school core courses)
= RAI score 


Note: For purposes of calculating the RAI, ACT composite score has a top value of 36 (SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalent); high school GPA is expressed on a 4-point scale; and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years of study.

Minimum High School Coursework Requirements

*Two years of one foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last course meets the university graduation requirement. The university highly recommends that students fulfill this requirement while in high school.

**Fine arts courses count toward meeting the 15 minimum core course requirements, but are not counted in the RAI calculation.

Check with your school counselor for your high school's Core Courses Approved for RAI for the Iowa Regent Universities. For students from out-of-state, UNI uses the NCAA's List of Approved Courses as the primary resource in determining whether a course is acceptable toward high school course requirements. To view your high school's list of Approved Courses, go to this website: https://web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction