University of Northern Iowa

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In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

midwest Regional
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Out-of-State Tuition
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The University of Northern Iowa, or UNI for short, is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The University was founded in 1876 and was known as Iowa State Normal School. In 1967, after three name changes, it became known as the University of Northern Iowa.

Student Body and Program Offerings

The University boasts an annual student enrollment of over 12,000 and offers over 90 undergraduate programs in a variety of academic disciplines. The University's four academic colleges of business, education, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities administer these 90 programs. The Graduate College administers the university's eight graduate programs, two PhD programs, and one professional licensing program.

Online and Distance Education

Through the University's office of Continuing Education and Special programs, students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees as well as endorsements, certificates, and professional licenses. While many of the programs are offered entirely online, some are considered "hybrid" programs, which require some classroom attendance and some online coursework.

Rankings and Recognitions

U.S. News and World Report has ranked UNI as second among Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Princeton Review has ranked the University as among the Best 351 Colleges in its College Rankings guide. The Princeton Review has likewise recognized UNI's College of Business Administration as a "Best Business School".


The University library, the Rod Library, is home to a staggering collection of 1.2 million print volumes and is open 24 hours each day, seven days a week making it a valuable resource for students.


UNI athletic teams are known as the panthers and there are teams for basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, golf, and many others.

General Information

Admission Office

1227 West 27th Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

(319) 273-2281

(800) 772-2037

Fax: (319) 273-2885

Contact: Christie Kangas

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1227 West 27th Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50614

(319) 273-2311

Total undergrads: 11,086

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,015

Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,835

Graduate enrollment: 1,912


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 84%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 84%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B
Biotechnology B
Ecology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Graphic Communications B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications B
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Business Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Engineering Physics B

Engineering Technologies

Electromechanical Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Gerontology B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Applied Economics B
Criminology B
Econometrics B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Northern Iowa Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (319) 273-2311
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,477
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 68%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 7,745 (74% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,938
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,222
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,655

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Northern Iowa Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Northern Iowa.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 123
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 43
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31
Education 1216
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 33
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42
Health Professions and Related Programs 44
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 23
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 14
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 92
Visual and Performing Arts 148
Grand total 9761

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Northern Iowa and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,938
Out-of-state $21,222
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,432
Out-of-state $22,648

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,378 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,101 67% $4,655
Student loan aid 930 56% $6,080

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,856 61% $5,506
Federal student loans 5,208 55% $6,028

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Northern Iowa. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Northern Iowa students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,701 1,804 2,897
Percent admitted 100% 76% 81%
Percent admitted who enrolled 31% 28% 33%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Northern Iowa Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 10,477
Undergraduate enrollment 8,953
Graduate enrollment 1,524

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Northern Iowa Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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