University of Northern Iowa Review

University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is rated one of the best universities in the Midwest. The college offers a broad range of bachelor's and master's degree programs that include e-learning options.

University of Northern Iowa Overview

The University of Northern Iowa was established in 1876 as a teacher's college. Today, UNI has expanded its offerings to include more than 120 majors. Students may earn degrees in areas such as music, engineering and political science. Certain programs allow students to complete some courses online. Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa.

UNI was named as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by both the The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report in their 2010 rankings. G.I. Jobs Magazine designated the University of Northern Iowa as a 'Military Friendly School' for reaching out to returning U.S. veterans; this ranking was also made for 2010.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

New students must submit a high school diploma and ACT or SAT scores when they apply for admission. Transfer students will need to meet minimum GPA requirements per hours transferred. Individuals applying for graduate programs are required to submit letters of recommendation.

UNI students have access to government financial aid. The college also awards student scholarships. Many of UNI's scholarships are designed for students enrolled in specific programs or belonging to specific demographic groups. For example, the Wells Fargo Financial scholarship is awarded through the accounting department. UNI has a scholarship search engine on its website. The majority of students at UNI receive some type of financial aid.

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

The University of Northern Iowa is located in the mid-size Iowa city of Cedar Falls. There is a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1. The majority of UNI students are enrolled on a full-time basis.

The University of Northern Iowa provides on-campus housing, a recreation center and a full service library. The recreation center gives students access to a gym and an indoor track, and also provides rental of bikes, kayaks, canoes and other outdoor sports items. The Center for Multicultural Education provides services and programs for all UNI students. The center's mission is to help ethnic and racial minority students feel welcome and successful at UNI. The campus' main library, the Rod Library, houses nearly one million books. The library subscribes to 27 daily and weekly newspapers and more than 3,000 journals.

Colleges and Schools at the University of Northern Iowa

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1222 West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614
  • Phone Number: (319) 273-2311