University of Northern Iowa

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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.

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