#13 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

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Upper Iowa University overview
Location Fayette, Iowa
Online uiu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Rural
Upper Iowa University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Upper Iowa University is a private institution established in 1857 and situated in the rural town of Fayette, Iowa, roughly two hours from Des Moines. The university is housed on a scenic campus known for its blend of traditional and modern architectural styles, offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Among its academic offerings, the university is noted for an emphasis on business, education, and human services majors. Upper Iowa operates on a unique term schedule, with six eight-week terms throughout the year, allowing students the flexibility to take courses at a pace that suits their personal schedules. With an open admissions policy, Upper Iowa University is less selective, aiming to provide access to higher education for a diverse student body. The campus includes residence halls, providing students with options for on-campus living. While Upper Iowa University does not boast a reputation for high-profile athletics, it does compete in NCAA Division II sports with teams known as the Peacocks.

In the most recent statistical year 1,405 prospective students applied, and 762 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 216 enrolled in the school.  1,717 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,355 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $32,589 plus fees of $1,050. UIU is ranked 737 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UIU is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Upper Iowa University overview
SAT 890/1050
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.34

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Upper Iowa University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,652
Other Fees$1,050
Room and Board $9,644
Budget for Other Expenses$3,487
Total One Year Cost$48,422

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

45% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Upper Iowa University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 40%
Human Services 17%
Social Sciences 13%
Psychology 10%
Education 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154493 IPEDS survey data for Upper Iowa University.

Current students may use the Upper Iowa University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.