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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Upper Iowa is an above-average private university located in Fayette, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,939 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Upper Iowa acceptance rate is 50%. Popular majors include Business, Human Services, and Psychology. Graduating 43% of students, Upper Iowa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,400.
605 Washington St
Fayette, IA 52142
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Upper Iowa University Rankings

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

Upper Iowa Admissions

Acceptance Rate
50%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
940-1170
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$21,630/ 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
$22,576/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
34
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
9
Online Associates Programs
4
Online Bachelor's Programs
21
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    29%
  • Online
    41%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,939Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,802
Undergrads Over 25
48%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Friendly
    74%
  • Athletic
    19%
  • White
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
30%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.43 responses
Poll
36%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Convenient
    38%
  • Expensive
    23%
  • Unique
    18%
  • Average
    10%
  • Fast-paced
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
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I enjoyed the ability to work talk and work with other students around not only the United States but the world. Their only courses give the availability to learn and get opinions from people in different states and regions then what I might just experience in Iowa. I am a student of the Waterloo Center and the staff at the center was nothing but wonderful and helpful. The President and his wife, Bill and Sharon Duffy, are nothing but wonderful people who are proud of their students!
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I am a new student at Upper Iowa University. Go Peacocks! However, my experience so far has been excellent. As an adult student(online/offline) I was nervous about the process and hesitant to believe I could actually achieve enrollment status.

Let me tell you what, the advisors and all other staff included have blown my mind with how efficient and easy they made this process. Whatever your student type, UIU will ensure you have the information and resources needed for success in your pursuit for education.

My only wish is that with the online training they include some sort of video-based classroom instruction.

Over all, keep up the fantastic work UIU!
The experience was regular , but the employees were incompetent! They need to work on advising and helping the students with financial assistance. Also, they need to be more transparent and helpful when letting the students know what is needed to graduate and complete their major. The teachers were nice and very knowledgeable but some were not so understanding. I can not wait to graduate and be done with this school. I only chose the school for the flexibility and it’s campus site.