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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Northern Iowa is an above-average public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,100 undergraduate students. The Northern Iowa acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Business. Graduating 68% of students, Northern Iowa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,100.
About University of Northern Iowa...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Website

University of Northern Iowa Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1080-1360
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$15,942/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,677/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,100Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
861
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    44%
  • Ambitous
    23%
  • Spirited
    13%
  • Hardworking
    11%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Idiot
    3%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.104 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.131 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • Accepting
    29%
  • Community
    24%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Growing
    13%
  • Broad
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Joke
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.67 responses
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I have had a great experience at the University of Northern Iowa so far! They have opportunities for everyone! The student organizations are a great way to meet people and gain experiences that are hard to find elsewhere. The campus size is great! It is big enough to feel like you are getting the college experience but small enough that the walk to class is typically at most 10 minutes. The on campus living is also wonderful! I have made lots of great connections with students and faculty at this organization!
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The University of Northern Iowa is a smaller university, where you have a better chance of getting to know your peers and professors. There are a variety of clubs to get involved in that fit everyone's interests. If there isn't you can create your own club! I have felt more comfortable talking with my professors and truly have met some of the greatest people at this University!
I really like how close-knit the community is at UNI. It made me feel like I was right at home! The dining center was super easy to find, and the food was really good. UNI is also great about sponsoring high school events in the state, and I really like that they care about the community.