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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  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 9,146 undergraduate students. The Northern Iowa acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 65% of students, Northern Iowa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,100.
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
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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
83%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
885-1220
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,831/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,714/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,155/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,339/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,009/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,811/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,146Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 74 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • Ambitous
    23%
  • Spirited
    12%
  • 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.103 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Accepting
    30%
  • Community
    24%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Growing
    13%
  • Broad
    6%
  • Joke
    3%
  • Evolving
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,800/ 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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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!
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The University of Northern Iowa is a great school to go to! I completed my undergraduate degree in education there and absolutely loved it. I have felt more than prepared for my student teaching experiences, as well as my first teaching job. I am now onto my graduate degree and couldn't be happier. I thank UNI for giving me the education I needed to be successful. You get the small town feel on a university campus that is second to none!
The University of Northern Iowa is the perfect size with such a positive community. The layout of the campus makes travel to classes and dining services quick and easy. On top of that, they have many services included in your tuition that lower costs for you, such as laundry, athletic events, and printing!