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University of Northern Iowa Overview

University of Northern Iowa is a public institution situated in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The location of UNI is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of Northern Iowa Known For?

2,500 Undergraduate Awards
$26,490 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at UNI is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UNI.
  • In 2017-2018, 75% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UNI with a bachelor's degree make about $44,600 a year. That's 9% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Northern Iowa Rankings

UNI landed the #183 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. UNI also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Iowa ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UNI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#95 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#216 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Industrial Production Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Teaching English or French Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Industrial Production Technology College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#23 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#67 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is University of Northern Iowa?

Location of University of Northern Iowa

Contact details for UNI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1227 W 27Th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
Phone: 319-273-2311
Website: www.uni.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofnortherniowa
Twitter: http://twitter.com/northerniowa

How Do I Get Into UNI?

You can apply to UNI online at: uni.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for UNI

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNI?

81% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
UNI has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to UNI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 670. Math scores were between 540 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 540 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 540 to 690 )
200
800
UNI received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Northern Iowa?

$26,490 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNI is $26,490. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNI, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,005 a year. That adds up to $24,020 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNI is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,228 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,953 undergraduate students at UNI, with 8,228 being full-time and 725 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNI

There are also 1,524 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,228 full-time undergraduates at UNI, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNI

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Northern Iowa students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNI Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 109
Black or African American 188
Hispanic or Latino 365
White 6,844
International Students 188
Other Races/Ethnicities 534

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at University of Northern Iowa. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 71 countries are represented at UNI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico.

Online Learning at University of Northern Iowa

636 Took All Classes Online
2,754 Took At Least One Class Online
-16.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at UNI. In 2017-2018, 2,754 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNI has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 13th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UNI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Northern Iowa was -16.9%. This is the #2,642 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNI regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UNI majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 3%
Fine & Studio Arts 15%
Health & Physical Education 10%
Library & Information Science 10%
Library Science 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 15%
Public Administration & Social Service 4%
Social Work 12%
Special Education 9%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNI ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UNI.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Education Philosophy #6
Biological & Physical Science #15
Fine & Studio Arts #32
Industrial Production Technology #36
Library & Information Science #53
Teaching English or French #72
Library Science #72
Health & Physical Education #125
Visual & Performing Arts #131
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #142
Instructional Media Design #145
Engineering Technologies #204
Special Education #220
Teacher Education Subject Specific #239
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #263
Teacher Education Grade Specific #348

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 348 43 0 391
Business Administration & Management 157 108 0 265
Social Work 75 50 0 125
Health & Physical Education 87 28 0 115
Finance & Financial Management 113 0 0 113
Marketing 113 0 0 113
General Psychology 110 2 0 112
Communication Sciences 46 49 0 95
Accounting 73 21 0 94
Teacher Education Subject Specific 76 13 0 89
General Biology 85 3 0 88
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 68 8 5 81
Industrial Production Technology 71 7 1 79
Liberal Arts General Studies 75 0 0 75
General English Literature 62 6 0 68
Communication & Media Studies 61 6 0 67
Criminology 62 0 0 62
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 58 0 0 58
Computer Science 57 0 0 57
Fine & Studio Arts 28 20 0 48
Management Information Systems 44 0 0 44
Other Health Professions 43 0 0 43
Real Estate 42 0 0 42
Educational Administration 0 35 6 41
Human Development & Family Studies 40 0 0 40
Public Relations & Advertising 34 1 0 35
Student Counseling 0 34 0 34
History 28 4 0 32
Economics 30 0 0 30
Allied Health Professions 27 2 0 29
Teaching English or French 16 11 0 27
Music 14 12 0 26
Romance Languages 24 1 0 25
Mathematics 23 1 0 24
Political Science & Government 23 0 0 23
Design & Applied Arts 23 0 0 23
Construction Management 21 0 0 21
Sociology 21 0 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 19 0 19
Geography & Cartography 10 7 0 17
Drama & Theater Arts 17 0 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 15 0 0 15
Gerontology 15 0 0 15
Natural Resources Conservation 14 1 0 15
Public Administration 15 0 0 15
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 13 0 0 13
Textile & Apparel Studies 13 0 0 13
Biological & Physical Science 6 7 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 13 0 0 13
Graphic Communications 11 0 0 11
Special Education 0 11 0 11
Physics 11 0 0 11
Instructional Media Design 0 10 0 10
Library & Information Science 0 10 0 10
Criminal Justice & Corrections 10 0 0 10
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 9 0 0 9
Statistics 9 0 0 9
Religious Studies 9 0 0 9
Chemistry 9 0 0 9
Mental & Social Health Services 1 7 0 8
International Studies 7 0 0 7
Philosophy 7 0 0 7
Anthropology 7 0 0 7
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 6 6
Education Philosophy 0 4 0 4
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 4
Public Health 0 4 0 4
General Education 0 0 1 1
Natural Resource Management 1 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,500 549 19 3,068

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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