University of Northern Iowa Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

UNI - University of Northern Iowa
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University of Northern Iowa Description:

The University of Northern Iowa, UNI, is a public university located in northeast Iowa, just west of Cedar Falls. The university consistently ranks highly among Midwest Master's universities. Among undergraduates, business and education are the most popular areas of study. 93% OF UNI students come from Iowa, but the university has a global focus and a significant percentage of students study abroad. In athletics, the Northern Iowa Panthers compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Football Conference for football, and the Missouri Valley Conference for all other sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 11,905 (10,104 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,309 (in-state); $18,851 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,629
  • Other Expenses: $2,950
  • Total Cost: $20,788 (in-state); $31,330 (out-of-state)

University of Northern Iowa Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 67%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,971
    • Loans: $5,819

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminology, Elementary Education, English, Family and Community Services, Finance, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Marketing, Parks and Recreation, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Work

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Northern Iowa Mission Statement:

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"The University of Northern Iowa is a comprehensive institution dedicated to providing a personalized learning environment, founded on a strong liberal arts curriculum. It is committed to being an intellectually and culturally diverse community. The University focuses both on undergraduate education, and on selected master's, doctoral and other graduate programs. It is characterized by excellence in three areas: teaching and learning; research, scholarship, and creative work; and service. Through its varied endeavors, UNI shares its expertise with, and provides service to, individuals, communities and organizations throughout the state, the nation and the world. "

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