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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?

2,598 Undergraduate Awards
$26,526 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UNI have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at UNI is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% 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 #198 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 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 #6 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
#47 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#185 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#188 Best 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 Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Gerontology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electromechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Electronics Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Teaching English or French Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Education 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
#2 Best Electromechanical Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#5 Best Industrial Production Technology Schools College Factual
#6 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#22 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#68 Best Education Schools College Factual
#70 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is University of Northern Iowa?

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Contact details for UNI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1227 W 27Th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
Phone: 319-273-2311
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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNI?

79% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 79%, UNI may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% 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 520 and 630. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 520 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 510 to 600 )
200
800
UNI received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 18 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Northern Iowa?

$26,526 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNI is $26,526. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UNI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,948 a year. That adds up to $23,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNI is 3.6%. 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

7,632 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,289 undergraduate students at UNI, with 7,632 being full-time and 657 being part-time.

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There are also 1,218 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,632 full-time undergraduates at UNI, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 98
Black or African American 179
Hispanic or Latino 366
White 6,382
International Students 141
Other Races/Ethnicities 466

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

909 Took All Classes Online
7,858 Took At Least One Class Online
11.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,858 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UNI

The following table shows how UNI is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Biological & Physical Science #1 #1
Education Philosophy #4 #4
Fine & Studio Arts #10 #19
Mathematics & Statistics #16 #7
Mathematics #19 #7
Industrial Production Technology #19 #10
Teaching English or French #25 #16
Visual & Performing Arts #28 #40
General English Literature #37 #25
Library Science #40 #31
Library & Information Science #40 #31
English Language & Literature #40 #34
Engineering Technologies #43 #43
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #46 #61
Health & Physical Education #61 #61
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #64 #67
Social Work #70 #64

Online Growth Rankings of UNI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Northern Iowa was 11.1%. This is the #1,348 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNI regardless of major.

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 380 13 0 393
Business Administration & Management 174 48 0 222
Teacher Education Subject Specific 164 22 0 186
Finance & Financial Management 137 0 0 137
General Psychology 118 5 0 123
Communication Sciences 50 53 0 103
Social Work 72 31 0 103
General Biology 90 5 0 95
Accounting 84 9 0 93
Marketing 92 0 0 92
Health & Physical Education 65 14 0 79
Liberal Arts General Studies 76 0 0 76
Communication & Media Studies 56 10 0 66
Industrial Production Technology 58 6 2 66
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 48 7 5 60
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 56 0 0 56
Mathematics 19 35 0 54
Management Information Systems 50 0 0 50
Criminology 50 0 0 50
Public Health 42 7 0 49
Computer Science 46 0 0 46
Human Development & Family Studies 45 0 0 45
History 37 6 0 43
Music 26 14 0 40
Real Estate 38 0 0 38
Construction Management 37 0 0 37
Economics 37 0 0 37
Student Counseling 0 36 0 36
Design & Applied Arts 36 0 0 36
Teaching English or French 29 6 0 35
Public Relations & Advertising 33 0 0 33
General English Literature 27 4 0 31
Educational Administration 0 29 0 29
Political Science & Government 29 0 0 29
Allied Health Professions 24 3 0 27
Fine & Studio Arts 23 0 0 23
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 20 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 20 0 0 20
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 19 0 0 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 18 0 0 18
Statistics 17 0 0 17
Geography & Cartography 14 2 0 16
Graphic Communications 15 0 0 15
Special Education 0 15 0 15
Romance Languages 14 1 0 15
Mental & Social Health Services 0 15 0 15
Criminal Justice & Corrections 15 0 0 15
Physics 14 0 0 14
Textile & Apparel Studies 13 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 11 0 0 11
Anthropology 11 0 0 11
Public Administration 11 0 0 11
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 0 10
Sociology 10 0 0 10
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 9 0 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 9 0 9
Biological & Physical Science 6 3 0 9
Public Policy 0 9 0 9
Library & Information Science 0 8 0 8
Philosophy 7 0 0 7
Religious Studies 6 0 0 6
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 4 4
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 4
Gerontology 3 0 0 3
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 2 0 2
Information Technology 1 0 0 1
Education Philosophy 0 1 0 1
Natural Resource Management 1 0 0 1
General Education 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,598 452 11 3,061

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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