Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB+
- Campus FoodA+
- Student LifeA
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.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Missouri Valley Conference
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.101 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses
Most Popular Majors
Elementary Education262 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching126 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities84 Graduates
Manufacturing Engineering Technician77 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.107 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.134 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.67 responses
University of Northern Iowa Reviews
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!
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.