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Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

$26,526 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
79% Acceptance Rate

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University of Northern Iowa Rankings

UNI landed the #70 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 1,358 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UNI has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#59 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Teaching English or French Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Education Philosophy Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching Schools College Factual
#15 Best Teaching English or French Schools College Factual
#37 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#37 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools College Factual
#68 Best Education Schools College Factual
#198 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is University of Northern Iowa?

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Contact details for UNI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1227 W 27Th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
Phone: 319-273-2311
Website: www.uni.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofnortherniowa
Twitter: http://twitter.com/northerniowa

How Do I Get Into UNI?

You can apply to UNI online at: uni.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for UNI

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNI?

79% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
UNI has an acceptance rate of 79%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to UNI submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 630. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 520 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 510 to 600 )
200
800
UNI received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 18 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Northern Iowa  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Northern Iowa?

$26,526 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNI is $26,526. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UNI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,948 a year. That adds up to $23,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNI is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,632 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,289 undergraduate students at UNI, with 7,632 being full-time and 657 being part-time.

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There are also 1,218 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,632 full-time undergraduates at UNI, 39% are male and 61% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Northern Iowa students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 98
Black or African American 179
Hispanic or Latino 366
White 6,382
International Students 141
Other Races/Ethnicities 466

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at University of Northern Iowa. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 71 countries are represented at UNI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico.

Online Learning at University of Northern Iowa

909 Took All Classes Online
7,858 Took At Least One Class Online
11.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,858 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNI has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UNI

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Iowa was $7,817 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $18,005. The following table shows how UNI is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Education Philosophy #4 #4
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education #4 #4
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching #10 #4
Music Education #18 #15
Teaching English or French #25 #16
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #25 #16
Reading Teacher Education #49 #49
Teacher Development & Methodology #57 #53
Elementary Education #64 #97

Online Growth Rankings of UNI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Northern Iowa was 11.1%. This is the #975 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNI regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Northern Iowa Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
General Education 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0
Other Education 0
General Special Education 0
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Art Education 0
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
Modern Language Education 0
Music Education 0
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0
Physics Education 0
Reading Teacher Education 0
Social Science Teacher Education 0
Technology Education 0
Early Childhood Education 0
Elementary Education 0
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 0
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 0
Teacher Development & Methodology 0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0
TOTAL 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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