University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls, IA

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University of Northern Iowa offers 552-degree programs and 45 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 78%. The most popular test is SAT - 1% of students submitted it in comparison to 97% of students who submitted ACT. 39.9% are women, and 60.1% are men. 6% percents of international students. University of Northern Iowa is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at University of Northern Iowa is 14980$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $12113 and $20159 per year. 65% of full-time University of Northern Iowa students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $42,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The University of Northern Iowa is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, University of Northern Iowa students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,283
$30,001 - $48,000$12,340
$48,001 - $75,000$14,655
$75,001 - $110,000$16,481

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 4176

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    5543 of University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 55 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes University of Northern Iowa number 11 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Iowa.

    Students at University of Northern Iowa awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in University of Northern Iowa.


    ROTC - Army

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    University of Northern Iowa graduation rate is above the national average.

    65% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to University of Northern Iowa completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    3 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      University of Northern Iowa acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 8%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so University of Northern Iowa acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 12%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The University of Northern Iowa full-time retention rate is 80% and part-time retention rate is 57%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Northern Iowa students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1240 - 1730

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 410 - 570
      Math: 470 - 610
      Writing: 360 - 550

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Northern Iowa students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      20 - 25

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 19 - 25
      Math: 18 - 25
      Writing: 6 - 8

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at University of Northern Iowa is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In University of Northern Iowa the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at University of Northern Iowa and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., location unknown.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 1222 W 27Th St address in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of University of Northern Iowa with 0.19% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      University of Northern Iowa offers 552 programs in total: 312 are for Bachelor's degree and 219 are Master's degree.

      This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 92 universities in Iowa state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 45 distance learning programs that are provided in the University of Northern Iowa: 39 are for Master's degree and 6 are Bachelor's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Iowa state average data to help you compare.


      University of Northern Iowa provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 9142 students with 274247 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1478 with 26600 credit hours.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for University of Northern Iowa

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      Really disappointed in my education and experience. Most classes are lectures read word for word from powerpoints. "Advisers" are just other professors that do not make any attempt to reach out to you...and they change often. I've had 4 different advisers in 4 years. (as well as they often sending you somewhere else to ask questions). Housing is horribly overpriced. Maintenance in the winter is awful about clearing snow and ice. I really wish I would have gone somewhere else. I commute to avoid being on campus.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Snows a lot. They don't mention that in the literature.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I started my undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa in August 2014 and ended May 4th, 2018. I originally didn't want to go here because my parents pretty much forced me to go here and because the some concrete buildings gave me the impression that UNI looked like a concentration camp. Yet again, I never found a college that hasn't given me an ugly/prison-looking vibe at first, so take this first impression for granted. After starting marching band camp the week before class started my freshman year, I was completely wrong. Going to UNI won't be some prison sentence. Rather, it would be a terrific experience I would remember forever. I participated in the UNI marching and pep bands for four years, and it was great because I got to travel on two abroad marching band trips (London 2015 and Rome 2017) and learned the inside band nerd sayings said at the opposing team at basketball games. Another major extracurricular I got involved with was the UNI Forensics Speech Team. I spent four years traveling across the Midwest to go to competitions that we used memorized speeches about advocacy to get our messages across. I also went on the Cuba Capstone in May-June of 2017, and it was great because of all the wonderful sights and perspectives we had and also because two of my high school classmates went there too. I ended becoming a Spanish major (not teaching, just Spanish) on accident because I wanted to learn more Spanish after high school, and the classes in their Department of Languages and Literatures were always the classes I kept enjoying and wanting to continue. My advice is to get the English-Spanish Translation minor like I did because it only requires an additional class of intro to linguistics (a TESOL class). I also got a creative writing minor because I enjoy writing, but one thing I would do if I went back and repeated these years again would be to get the interdisciplinary writing major, that isn't widely known and talked about because of its smallness, which is basically the combination of the professional and creative writing minors. Overall, my experience at UNI was spectacular. I got to be involved with the church at St. Stephen the Witness right next to the book store while having the ability to make new friends, see the world, and get out of my personal bubble. I highly recommend going to this university because I clearly underestimated UNI's ability to grow on me, and one's first impressions on a place does not determine the outcome. Rather, it's one's ability to grow with perspective and taste that really defines what someone would experience as a student at this establishment.

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      Overall Rating:

      Great food court,everything on Campus is no more than ten minutes away from one another, but it’s still big enough to be a beautiful campus ,everyone is friendly, and all the staff care.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I went to college here when I did my undergraduate. It's a very good college for a person who wants small classes and individual intention from the professors. The professors were very good and I enjoyed most of my classes.

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      Location & Website

      Address: 1227 W 27th St


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +3192732311

      Institution is active in current year: 1

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