Upper Iowa University


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 29th in Iowa and 1629th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 70.7
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $43,750
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 23 / 1170
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 32 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 71% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,392


Upper Iowa University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificate programs.

Undergraduate Programs

Upper Iowa University offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. The Associate of Arts degrees are offered in general business and liberal arts. Students opting for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees can major in areas such as Accounting, Applied Plant Science, Art, Information Technology, Industrial Technology, Life Science, Management, Business Administration, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Nursing.

Graduate Programs

The university offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.), and Master in Higher Education Administration (M.H.E.A.) degree programs.

Career and Technical Education

Upper Iowa University also offers career-oriented certificate programs for students who want to prepare for specific occupations, and those who want to upgrade their skills. The areas in which various certificate programs are offered include Human Resources Management, Emergency and Disaster Management, Organizational Communications, Marketing, and Organizational Leadership.

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To seek admission in Upper Iowa University, students are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT test scores. Admissions are primarily granted on the basis of academic performance, educational preparation, standardized test scores, high school coursework, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities.

For students seeking admission in graduate programs, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. Graduate students need to have 2.75 GPA in their undergraduate coursework. Graduate students can also submit their GRE/GMAT scores.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

Upper Iowa University provides financial aid to students to help them meet their academic expenses. The financial aid office provides information on aid eligibility, types of aides, and policies for federal, state, and institutional programs. Upper Iowa University offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based awards offered to eligible students are: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant, and Iowa Grant. Students can avail various loans such as Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, McElroy-Upper Iowa Student Loans, and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans. Students can apply for numerous scholarship programs such as Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and Achievement Scholarship. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions.


To apply for financial aid from Upper Iowa University, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.

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The student life at Upper Iowa University offers various opportunities to ensure that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms. There are numerous opportunities for the students to hone their leadership skills by volunteering to accept roles such Resident Assistant, Student Ambassadors, Student Orientation Assistant, and Wellness Strategies Assistant. The Student Development Office is responsible for organizing the ‘Peacocks for Progress’ program in which students of Upper Iowa University participate in community service activities. There are a number of student clubs and organizations where students can interact with people having similar interests. The Office of Career Development helps students make the right career decisions and provides assistance with job searching. The Counseling Center assists in the personal development and psychological well-being of the students by providing free counseling sessions to help them cope up with the stress associated with college life.

The Henderson-Wilder Library has a huge collection of books, media, and electronic books, subscriptions of national newspapers, and periodicals.

Housing and Dining

Upper Iowa University offers housing facilities at four residence halls. The Garbee Hall is a traditional-style residence hall and offers double and single occupancy rooms. The Hofmaster Apartments and Lee Tower offer apartment-style housing units for men or women. The South Village offers suite-style housing units with suites ranging from a single room to 6-people rooms.

Dining facilities are available for the students at the Café, Pete’s Place, and Bean Me Up. The food options include breakfast items, pizza, toasted sandwiches, soup, salads, chicken sandwiches, burgers, expanded deli, freshly baked pastries, coffees, espresso drinks.

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Upper Iowa University is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams compete in men’s football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, golf, and baseball, and women’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, tennis, and softball. The athletic teams are known as the Peacocks and the college colors are blue and white.

The athletic facilities available for the students of Upper Iowa University include Robertson Woods Field, Dorman Gymnasium, Eb Eischeid Stadium, Pattison Field, Eischeid Softball Complex, Big Rock Country Club, and Prochaska Court.


  • Upper Iowa University. About UIU. Web. 26 December 2011.
  • Upper Iowa University. Student Life. Web. 26 December 2011.
  • Upper Iowa University. University Catalog 2011-2012. 2011. Print.

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