University of Northern Iowa

1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, United States
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Overview of University of Northern Iowa

About this school

The University of Northern Iowa, founded in 1876, is a public, comprehensive institution. Students at UNI experience a remarkable amount of change, not only in their personal growth, but also in the new facilities, methods and technologies provided on campus. All of these changes focus on improved educational opportunities and services to students. What remains unchanged is UNI's commitment to its students. Over 90% of classes have fewer than 50 students and the low student-to-faculty ratio coupled with the fact that the overwhelming majority of classes are taught by full-time professors make the education at UNI both challenging and personal. UNI believes in its motto, "Great teaching makes the difference." Its 788-acre campus is located in Cedar Falls, seven miles from Waterloo.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:10,005
    • Men:4,262 Men (42.6%)
    • Women:5,743 Women (57.4%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Northern Iowa is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
2
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 15
SAT Only
Recommended
August 15
ACT Only
Recommended
August 15
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Not used if submitted
August 15
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1227 West 27th Street
City, State, Zip
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Phone
(319) 273-2281
Fax
(319) 273-2885
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
July 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
4 years of English; 3 years each of math, science and social studies; 2 or more years of electives, which may include foreign language and fine arts required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
81% of 5,494 applicants were admitted
Women
82% of 3,159 applicants were admitted
Men
79% of 2,335 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
2,729 (61%) of 4,441 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,545 (59%) of 2,606 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,184 (65%) of 1,835 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.52
375 And Above
34%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
24-21 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
6%
• Score 24 - 29
36%
• Score 18 - 23
53%
• Score 12 - 17
5%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $8,699|Out-of-state: $19,241 (42.58%)
  • Room & Board: - $8,781 (42.98%)
  • Other Expenses: - $900 (4.41%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,050 (10.03%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Northern Iowa accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001890
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,653 (84.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,160 (70.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,121 (96.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
181 (16.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$8,210
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 646 (57.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,964
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 781 (69.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,494
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 828 (73.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
423 (21.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,224

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
6,943 (76.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
5,448 (78.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
5,185 (95.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
738 (14.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$8,499
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,122 (60.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,844
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,709 (71.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,360
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 2,574 (49.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,043 (11.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,256

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
66%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$23,887
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
8.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Members of Minorities, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


508

Part-Time Faculty


195

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


57%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 13% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 21% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 34% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 17% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 9% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 5% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 26% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 56% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 13% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,368,496
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1900
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Northern Iowa provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


81.1%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


39.9%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


64.1%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


67.3%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (89)


  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Communications, General
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Housing and Human Environments, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Interior Design
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Microbiology, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Real Estate
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Education, Social sciences

Online Degrees


Nursing, medical technology with University of Iowa Medical School, cytotechnology with Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences and Mercy College of Health Sciences, chiropractic with Logan College of Chiropractic and Palmer College of Chiropractic

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Education, Doctor of Industrial Technology

Master's Programs of Study (58)


  • Accounting
  • Allied Health--General
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art Education
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community College Education
  • Community Health
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Public History
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


40,566

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Campus Size


908 acres

Weather


Temperature
7.7 average low in January, 78.4 average high in September
Rain
108 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Cedar Falls
Nearest Train Station
150 mile(s) from campus in Ottumwa

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


38% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


62%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Panthers
School Colors
Purple and old gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, cheerleading, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Northern Iowa offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, dance marathon, colleges against cancer/relay for life, accounting club, phi eta sigma, students today alumni tomorrow

Sororities


6% of women participate

Fraternities


3% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


9,100

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
10,005
Women
5,743
Men
4,262

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1.4% Asian
  • 2.8% Black/African-American
  • 4.0% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 85.0% White
  • 4.2% Unknown

International Students


3.7% from 65 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


1,902

Student Resources

Study resources