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  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 8,745 undergraduate students. The Northern Iowa acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Business. Graduating 65% of students, Northern Iowa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,100.
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

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.

UNI Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1240
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$16,453/ 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
$4,718/ 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.101 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    20%
  • On Campus
    78%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,745Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
791
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 77 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    45%
  • Ambitous
    22%
  • Spirited
    13%
  • Hardworking
    10%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Idiot
    3%
  • Stuck-up
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.107 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.134 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Accepting
    28%
  • Community
    23%
  • Amazing
    20%
  • Growing
    12%
  • Broad
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Joke
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
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 am a sophomore at UNI studying Biology, and I fall in love with it more and more each day. My advisor reached out and helped me before I even started classes as a freshman, and continues to help me with any questions/concerns I have. The science department is small in comparison to other state schools, but provides high quality education and hands-on experience to its students. All of my professors make themselves available for office hours and are willing to schedule other times if those don't work. I work on campus, and they are very diligent about working around my course schedule and ensuring that academics do come first. I also got involved with Greek Life, which has greatly enriched my experience and introduced me to some amazing people. This school is absolutely amazing and I am so thankful I get to attend!
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My experience at UNI has been amazing so far! I look forward to going back every fall semester because it is such a great place to be. The professors, faculty, and staff that all work on campus are so helpful and hands on with your education. There are so many resources available on campus with tutors, rentals, private study rooms and many other things that are constantly available to students. UNI always puts on fun activities for students on campus for study breaks. The overall place of UNI is amazing because it is not too big and not too small, everything is within walking distance and that is especially good for the dining centers.
Online learning has been a challenge, but all my teachers are handling it well. They all have educated themselves on Zoom and can use it effectively so during our class sessions we can focus on learning instead of trying to figure technological problems. When those issues do sometimes come up, the teachers handle those well and work around them well too. They use break out rooms sometimes as well so we can talk to our classmates and still connect to people even though we can't interact in person. I only have one on campus class, but the teacher has made it available on Zoom as well so if any of the students are worried, they can still attend class from home. Overall, the school has incorporated online learning excellently.