Iowa Regents add computer science as course category of consideration in Regent Admission Index

The state Board of Regents approved the addition of computer science to the Regent Admission Index to be considered when students apply to the three state universities at their meeting on Thursday.

The Regent Admission Index is a formula that takes into account a student’s high school grade point average, number of core courses taken, and ACT score. Adding computer science to the index will create a sixth category among the core courses taken into consideration, said regent Chief Academic Officer Rachel Boon.

The index already takes English, math, science, social studies, and world language courses into account. The change will be effective for students applying for admission into the regent universities beginning summer 2021, Boon said.

The Admissions Study Team requested that the regents include four computer science courses in the index: AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Science Principles, and IB Computer Science.

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