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University of Northern Iowa

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In the Midwest region of the United States, a small, nondescript state is often overlooked. However, the students at the University of Northern Iowa are proud of their state in the middle of the Great Plains. University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This four-year institution offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degree programs in several different colleges.

Over the past decade, the University of Northern Iowa is consistently lauded in the Princeton Review’s rankings of the best colleges in the nation. While it may not be able to compete with the large-scale schools on the American coasts, the University of Northern Iowa has gained the reputation as one of the “best in the Midwest.”

Although Iowa is one of the smaller states in the union, the University of Northern Iowa boasts an impressive enrollment of more than thirteen thousand students. While over ninety percent of the student population hails from Iowa, many students do travel from the surrounding Midwestern states to take advantage of this school’s excellent educational programs.


All students who attend the University of Northern Iowa are required to take a core grouping of liberal arts classes regardless of their intended major. The purpose of these classes is to provide all incoming students with a base of general education and general knowledge. The board at University of Northern Iowa believes that this liberal arts structure results in well-rounded, high-functioning graduates.

Students may choose to major in subjects that fall under one of five distinct colleges. The colleges include studies of business, arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and education. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree by majoring in one of over one hundred different major options. Students may also choose to pursue a double major or add a minor to their course of study. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, students may pursue a graduate-level degree in education, business, or the social sciences.

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Unique Programs

The University of Northern Iowa recognizes the limits that its location places on its students. Landlocked in the middle of the country, it is difficult for students to travel to large metropolises or significant historical and educational locations within the United States. Therefore, the University of Northern Iowa places a great emphasis on its study abroad programs.

These programs provide students with the opportunity to study in a foreign country without derailing their curriculum schedule. Students who participate in a study abroad semester will take humanities and arts courses that can be substituted for the core liberal arts classes required of all students.

The study abroad program at the University of Northern Iowa partners with thousands of international school programs that can be found in scores of different countries around the world. Students can attend a full semester program or opt for a briefer period of study or a summer semester. Some of these programs are led by members of the University of Northern Iowa faculty. Others are completely independent of the University of Northern Iowa.

The University of Northern Iowa also offers a program designed for non-native English speakers who desire to enter the American workplace. This program of study is called the Culture and Intensive English Program. Throughout the duration of the course, students will receive both written and oral instruction and engage in real-world English speaking practice sessions.


The students at University of Northern Iowa are very involved in on-campus activities. Most of the school’s large student body resides either on campus or in apartments in the very near vicinity. As such, campus is often the most “happening” place in town. Student organizations, clubs and groups are available for all students to participate in. The multitude of clubs available for student participation means that most students can find at least one organization that shares a similar interest or worldview as themselves.

Clubs and organizations are loosely divided into three main categories: academic clubs, social clubs, and recreational clubs. The academic clubs consist of study groups and academic passion groups that meet to promote academic excellence. Many clubs are available only for students of a particular major. For example, the theater club welcomes individuals of all majors, but most of the members are theater majors. Social clubs are clubs for people with similar interests, hobbies, or ideologies. These clubs exist to promote awareness, discuss hot topics, or volunteer on campus and in the community. Recreational clubs like the dance club or the kickboxing club give students a chance to actively participate in a recreational sport or activity.

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The University of Northern Iowa Panthers compete in the NCAA’s Division I in the Missouri Valley conference. By far, the most popular sport on campus is the Panther football team. With a huge arena that can seat several thousand spectators, the football games at University of Northern Iowa are the most exciting sporting events offered.

Men and Women can compete in a wide variety of additional varsity team and individual sports. Track and Field, Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Soccer are only a few of the varsity sporting opportunities offered at the University of Northern Iowa.

Students at UNI are proud supporters of their varsity teams. Supporting the tradition purple and gold colors of UNI, students fill the stadiums and stands where the varsity teams are competing. Students who do not participate in varsity sporting events can still play intramural sports or club sports. Intramural sports competitions are offered in both semesters of the school year and are available for all members of the student body.

Additional School Information

The University of Northern Iowa was originally founded as a combination orphanage and teacher’s college. After the devastation of the American Civil War, many children were left without parents. These children needed lodging, and they also needed qualified individuals to educate them.

Over time, the need for such a large orphanage disappeared, and the institution was renamed the Iowa State Normal School. Since 1876, the school has continued to expand. Today it sprawls on an impressive 900 acre campus that includes classrooms, libraries, dining halls, residence facilities, sports arenas, fitness centers, and laboratories.


  • Peterson, Gerald L. University of Northern Iowa. Chicago: Arcadia, 2000. Print.
  • UNI Alumni Association. 2011. Web. 19 May 2011. <http://www.unialum.org>.
  • University of Northern Iowa. 2011. Web. 20 May 2011. <http://www.uni.edu>.

Information Summary

Ranks 13th in Iowa and 492nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Iowa and 207th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 10 0.08
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.02
Burglary 8 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 70 0.53

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 55 0.14
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 11 0.03
Robbery 4 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 119 0.30
Larceny 453 1.15
Vehicle theft 33 0.08

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4663rd for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1356th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,648 $6,648 $16,144
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,037 $1,037 $1,037
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $277 $277 $673
FT Graduate Tuition $7,756 $7,756 $17,470
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,037 $1,037 $1,037
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $431 $431 $971
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,880 $19,880 $29,376
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,880 $19,880 $29,376
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,060 $12,060 $21,556

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,350 $7,635 $7,350 $7,635 $16,106 $16,721
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,054(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,426 $7,597
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,046 $3,132
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,426 $7,597
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,046 $3,132
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,046 $3,132

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,068 (1,674 male / 2,394 female)
Admitted 3,389 (1,333 male / 2,056 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,722 (646 male / 1,076 female)
FT Enrollment 1,689 (636 male / 1,053 female)
PT Enrollment 33 (10 male / 23 female)
Total Enrollment12,159

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Missouri Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

911th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

1333rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 2%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 640

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,198
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,810
Board Fee$4,010

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1157th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,555 ($78,131 male / $60,871 female)
Number of FT Faculty 530 (289 male / 241 female)
Number of PT Faculty 777
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $18,511,074

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