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?
- 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.
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.
|#95||Best Master’s Degree Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#122||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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards UNI has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for UNI are given below.
|Address:||1227 W 27Th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005|
How Do I Get Into UNI?
You can apply to UNI online at: uni.edu/admissions/apply
Admission Requirements for UNI
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into UNI?
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.
Can I Afford University of Northern Iowa?
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
There are also 1,651 graduate students at the school.
Of the 8,745 full-time undergraduates at UNI, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Northern Iowa students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||225|
|Hispanic or Latino||344|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNI has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Fine & Studio Arts||15%|
|Health & Physical Education||10%|
|Library & Information Science||10%|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||15%|
|Public Administration & Social Service||4%|
|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|
|Biological & Physical Science||#15|
|Fine & Studio Arts||#32|
|Industrial Production Technology||#36|
|Library & Information Science||#53|
|Teaching English or French||#72|
|Health & Physical Education||#125|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#131|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies||#142|
|Instructional Media Design||#145|
|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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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