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1222 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA

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University of Northern Iowa is a public institution located in Cedar Falls, IA and provides a large number of program options for students. Around 13,000 students enroll at UNI per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs UNI offers:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • History

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Most students admitted to University of Northern Iowa score in-between 21 to 26 on the ACT. UNI accepts about 80 percent of applicants yearly. Of those students admitted, about 54 percent of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found at uni.edu.

The cost of tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay around $8,100, while out-of-state residents pay $18,000 per year. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is approximately $4,000. Students attending University of Northern Iowa may qualify for aid which is usually grants and loans.

The University of Northern Iowa Panthers participate in several athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Athletic programs offered include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.uni.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates University of Northern Iowa accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to University of Northern Iowa.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 25
ACT ® Math18 - 25
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UNI

The chances for admission at University of Northern Iowa can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions3,607 (77%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,942 (54%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Northern Iowa is around 13,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 14% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $6,600-$8,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $16,000-$18,880
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $280-$330 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $660-$790 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid91%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships63%$5,212
Receiving Student Loans63%$5,616

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, University of Northern Iowa may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of UNI is close to 67%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years37%
Graduating in 5 Years26%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (since 1988)
  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 1942)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Northern Iowa is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Football (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)


  • Elementary Education (B, M)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Special Education (M)
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration (M)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Social Science Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education (B, M)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (B, M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (M)
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (M)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services (M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (D)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Technology Teacher Education Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (D)
  • Middle School Education (M)
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education (B)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation (B)
  • Education (D)
  • Speech Teacher Education (B)
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education

Business and Marketing Studies


Biological and Biomedical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

English Language and Literature

  • English (B, M)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (B)

Social Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Community Services (B)
  • Apparel and Textiles (B)

Communications and Journalism

Public Administration and Social Services

Health and Clinical Professions

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Studio Arts (B, M)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B, M)
  • Drama (B)
  • Music Performance (B, M)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (B)
  • Art History (B)
  • Acting (B)
  • Jazz and Jazz Studies (B)
  • Conducting (M)
  • Music Theory and Composition

Mathematics and Statistics

Engineering Technology

  • Industrial Technology (B, D, M)
  • Manufacturing Technology (B)
  • Electromechanical Engineering and Technology (B)
  • Engineering Technologies

Computer and Information Sciences

Library Science

  • Library Science, Librarianship (M)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (B)
  • Russian Language and Literature

Communication Technology

  • Graphic Communications (B, M)

Physical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (B, M)
  • Gerontology (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Asian Civilization Studies (B)
  • Womens Studies


  • Engineering Physics

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