College Planning

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. 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 rank, high school cumulative grade-point average, and the number of completed high school core courses.

Because Lincoln High School issues a class rank, your RAI formula is as follows:

(2 x ACT composite score)
+ (1 x percentile high school “traditional” rank)
+ (20 x high school GPA)
+ (5 x number of year-long high school core courses)
= Regent Admission Index Score.

For assistance estimating your own RAI score, please see Lincoln counselors Julia Minnehan or click here:

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NCAA Eligibility Information
If you want to play NCAA Division I or II sports, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. And that means that you need to be more than a good enough athlete. You need to be a good enough student, too.

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses that will need to be completed prior to your seventh semester. For most of you, that’s the start of your senior year.

Division I student-athletes will be required to graduate with a minimum 2.3 GPA in those core courses.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements when you graduate, it’s still possible to receive athletics aid. And you may still be able to practice. But you’ll be stuck riding the bench. And who wants that? For the full list of initial eligibility requirements, visit and make sure you’ll have the grades to play.

For more information on NCAA Eligibility Requirements, visit: To review the NCAA’s list of approved courses for Abraham Lincoln High School, visit: Lincoln’s NCAA High School Code is 161180.

Planning for College
Planning for college can be a daunting task. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you organize your college planning and best prepare for your time after high school.


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