#3 Best Public Universities in Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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University of Northern Iowa overview
Location Cedar Falls, Iowa
Online uni.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
University of Northern Iowa overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Northern Iowa, situated in Cedar Falls, is a public university that is recognized for its comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including notable majors in education, business, and the performing arts. The campus, characterized by its blend of classic and modern architectural designs, offers a variety of residential facilities, accommodating a significant portion of the student body in on-campus housing. Founded in 1876 as Iowa State Normal School, it has evolved into an institution that promotes rigorous academic standards with a moderately selective admissions process. Located approximately 110 miles from Des Moines, the university provides a serene, yet vibrant atmosphere, largely due to its active student involvement in various organizations and academic endeavors. The University of Northern Iowa's athletic teams, known as the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference, with its wrestling program gaining particular recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 4,772 prospective students applied, and 4,094 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,553 enrolled in the school.  7,739 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,478 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $7,780 plus fees of $1,273. UNI is ranked 419 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UNI is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Northern Iowa overview
SAT 980/1190
ACT 20/26
GPA 3.61

Applications Accepted

University of Northern Iowa overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Iowa Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Northern Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,273
Room and Board $9,160
Budget for Other Expenses$2,396
Total One Year Cost$21,409

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Northern Iowa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,273
Room and Board $9,160
Budget for Other Expenses$2,396
Total One Year Cost$32,109

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

67% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Northern Iowa students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Education 17%
Social Sciences 8%
Communication 6%
Biology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154095 IPEDS survey data for University of Northern Iowa.

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