Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private, not-for-profit organization offering higher education to more than 6,000 students annually. The college was set up in the year 1854 when a pioneering woman, Elizabeth Alexander, proposed the idea for setting up a college. In 1855, construction began for the college and in 1857, the first classes of the college were held. Since its establishment, the college has evolved and at present has its main campus in Fayette with extension centers in Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
The Fayette campus of Upper Iowa University is situated in the Volga River Valley in the scenic wooded hills to the northeast of Iowa. The university comprises several academic divisions: Andres School of Education, Division of Business, Division of Liberal Arts, Division of Science and Mathematics, and the Academic Extension division. The university offers a unique ‘Design your Own Major’ curriculum plan wherein students are given the flexibility of developing their own major course of study.
Upper Iowa University is a member of the North Central Association and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.