The National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering


City and State: Iowa City, Iowa

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Phone, FAX, Email: Phone: (319) 335-6148 Fax: (319) 335-5151

Year in which program began: 1999

Director of program: Dr. Nicholas Colangelo

Public or Private institution?
Public Institution

What is the age of students who attend? Is there a minimum or maximum age for students who enroll?
Students enter the program after completing their junior year of high school, the average age is at least 16.

What degrees does the school grant? AA, BA, BS, BFA?
Students will receive degrees from the University of Iowa, BA’s, BS’s, BFA’s, Masters and even Doctorate degrees.

Number of students enrolled.
The class of 2008 enrolled 15 students.

Number of years students attend?
Students are enrolled for one year.

Boarding? Day students? Both?
Students have the option of living together in the Honors Dorm on Campus, which is adjacent to the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education

Tuition and Fees? Different for in-state, out of state, international students?
Tuition and Fees for in-state students: $7,417
Tuition and Fees for out of state students: $23,713

Room and Board? Different for in-state, out of state, international students?
Room and board is the same for all students: $8,331

Single gender or Co-educational?

Accreditation? When and by whom?
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


Requirements to Apply? Tests, recommendations, interviews?
Students must score in the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5. Students must detail all of their school and extracurricular activities. They must also submit an essay detailing why the want to enter the program, describe something in their community they are passionate about, or explain how they are going to use their talents to help the world, in 500-1,000 words. Parents must also answer several questions regarding how much they support their child’s choice, what they hope their child will gain from the program, etc. Students must then submit two recommendations from a teacher, counselor or principal. All qualified applicants are then interviewed.

SAT/ACT/GPA of admits?
Average ACT is 32. Average High School GPA is 3.97

Gender: how many girls and boys?
The class of 2008 was 63% female and 37% male

Numbers of in-state v. out-of-state v. international students?
The class of 2008 had 66% in-state and 34% out of state students including one student from South Korea

Opportunities for financial aid or scholarships:
All students who are admitted and enter the program are given a $2,000 academic achievement scholarship. They are also encouraged to take advantage of the other loans, grants and scholarships opportunities available to all students at the University of Iowa.


Kids get their high school diploma as well as accumulating college credits?
All of the students who have been in the program have received a high school diploma. It is just a matter of speaking with the high school and ensuring that they complete their high school requirements during their year at college if they have not done so already.

Students have already graduated from high school and are purely college students?
The students matriculate in the Honors College at the University of Iowa with other honors college students.

Curriculum: Does the school have a focus on STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Which majors available?
Students are able to major in any of the programs that available at the University of Iowa. Click here for a list.

Is the curriculum a standard college one, or one specially designed for highly talented students? Are standard courses at the college challenging enough?
Students take courses in the Honors College. If they are not challenging enough then they can take a course at a higher level within the Honors College.

What is the grading system? A-F, numbers, pass-fail?
Traditional GPA

Are there lab facilities that would facilitate the upper level science courses necessary for certain science majors? If not, do students use labs off campus?
The students utilize the facilities at the University of Iowa’s Honors College.

Are assignments monitored by the day/week/month to see how well the student is keeping up/understanding the material?
During their first-year, students have individual biweekly meetings with a Belin-Blank Center graduate assistant to discuss any issues or questions they have in their studies or life in general on the campus. There is also a University Programs Peer Advisor program that provides first-year students with upper class peer advisors with whom to contact and connect with regarding questions about being a student at Iowa. These peer advisors are chosen from our outstanding upper class NAASE students, and they work closely with the staff of the Belin-Blank Center.

Students in classes only with cohorts, or with the “regular” college/university students?
The students take courses with students in the Honors College


If residential, separate dormitory buildings or floors for program’s young students? Girls and boys in separate dorms, or separate floors?
All residence halls are coed, housing both men and women on alternating floors or wings.

Rules regarding alcohol/tobacco/drugs?
The possession and use of alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco products are prohibited in the residence halls. Alcohol possession and consumption is not allowed even if a student is 21 or older. Students may possess tobacco products but may not use them in the halls or on campus because Iowa is a smoke-free campus.