University of Northern Iowa

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1227 W. 27th Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Phone: (319) 273-2311
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Northern Iowa is a public institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,655, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 916 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Northern Iowa's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 13. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,685 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,181 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Northern Iowa is founded on a strong liberal arts curriculum and dedicated to providing a world-class university education for students in a personalized learning environment. UNI is committed to being an intellectually and culturally diverse community and offers affordable access to high quality undergraduate and selected graduate programs. With a student/faculty ratio of 16:1; academic programs, cooperative education, internships and international opportunities engage students in challenging learning experiences that encourage growth and enable timely academic progress. University facilities include a world-class wellness recreation center and a performing arts center that enhance the quality of student life.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $68,600,583


When applying to University of Northern Iowa, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at University of Northern Iowa is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.5%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Northern Iowa is 16:1, and the school has 43.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Northern Iowa include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 38%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Education 18%
Social Sciences 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%

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Student Life

University of Northern Iowa has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,655, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. University of Northern Iowa is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,273
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Northern Iowa offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Northern Iowa also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Northern Iowa, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Northern Iowa.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Northern Iowa, 64 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,227.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,685 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,181 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,820 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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