Upper Iowa University

2014 Quick Stats
Box 1857

Fayette, IA 52142

Phone: (800) 553-4150
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Upper Iowa University is a private institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,645, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Upper Iowa University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $24,400 (2013-14).

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

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,600 students - nationally and internationally - at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.

UIU's Residential Campus which is located in Fayette, Iowa, has over 900 students. The largest capital improvement campaign in the University's history, $75 million is currently underway on campus.

UIU's Distance Education Programs (an award-winning Online Program and Independent Study) offer the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime.

UIU has 15 U.S. Center locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin offer evening classes. UIU is global, with International Centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and offers a study abroad program.

UIU is a Military-Friendly university, offering credit for military training, military spouse scholarship opportunities, and tuition discounts for the Total Military Family. UIU is a member of Post 9/11 GI Bills Yellow Ribbon Program and works closely with Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, GoArmyEd, the Navy College Program Distance Learning Program, the Army National Guard Education Support Program, the Coast Guard Institute, and the Air Force AU ABC program.

UIU has a unique schedule, offering two full-credit courses at a time for four eight-week terms. UIU offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with over 40 majors to choose from. UIU ranks in the top 25% of colleges nationally for the enhancement of student learning [Source: CLA Learning Report-2009].

UIU offers competitive merit scholarships and financial aid packages, enabling our students to graduate with less debt than at any other private institution in the State of Iowa [Source: Iowa Student Aid Commission 2008].

UIU is the only NCAA Division II Athletic Program in Iowa and member of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NCIS).

Upper Iowa University celebrates 21 percent diversity among its student population.

Upper Iowa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org) and is approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education (for teacher education in Iowa only). The programs offered are approved by the states of Iowa, Kansas (restricted), Louisiana, and Wisconsin for veterans' benefits.

Upper Iowa University has produced a long and distinguished list of alumni who include one of the founders of the YMCA and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives west of the Mississippi River, a world-famous archaeologist and scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a founder of a Fortune 500 Company (Target stores), just to name a few. 70% of UIU graduates were employed or attending graduate school for the period 2004 - 2008.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $9,301,511


When applying to Upper Iowa University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 23. The application fee at Upper Iowa University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 23

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Upper Iowa University is 19:1, and the school has 86.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Upper Iowa University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 43%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 20%
Social Sciences 12%
Psychology 8%
Health Professions and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

Upper Iowa University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,645, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. Upper Iowa University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,178
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

Upper Iowa University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. Upper Iowa University 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 Upper Iowa University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Upper Iowa University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Upper Iowa University, 26.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,819.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $24,400 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,510 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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