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UNI Demographics & Diversity

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at UNI are mostly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has very low racial diversity. 17% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of University of Northern Iowa students
Race Percent of Students
White 83%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 4%
Race Unknown 3%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 76% more female students than male students enrolled at University of Northern Iowa with a gender ratio of 64% women to 36% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, UNI has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for University of Northern Iowa students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 36%
Women 64%
Enrollment by gender for University of Northern Iowa students
Gender Number of Students
Men 3,239
Women 5,706

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

UNI serves a very low number of students outside of Iowa, with 91 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of Northern Iowa students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 91%
Out of State 8%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$56,117 per year

21% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 9.6%
Part time Undergrads 8.7%

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

Last updated February 24, 2024