University of Northern Iowa
002 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
(319) 273-2281
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Northern Iowa is a four-year, public institution in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The University of Northern Iowa was established in 1876. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Northern Iowa No. 22 in the Regional Universities (Midwest) category of the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. According to its website, the University of Northern Iowa was also ranked one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The university serves 13,168 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Programs Offered

The University of Northern Iowa is composed of the College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Graduate College. These colleges offer several majors, including majors in the areas of accounting, anthropology, art history, graphic design, biology, biomedical, chemistry, communication, communication studies, computer sciences, criminology, economics, philosophy, physics, gerontology, management, metal casting, marketing, mathematics, and world languages and culture. The University of Northern Iowa also offers distance education degree and certificate programs through videoconferencing and online. Degree programs offered through distance education include bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and liberal studies, and graduate degree programs in early childhood education, literacy education, music education, philanthropy and nonprofit development, science education, and science education. Certificate programs are available online in educational leadership, driver education, environmental health, and health education.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the University of Northern Iowa since 1918.


Students are admitted to the University of Northern Iowa based on the Regents Admissions Index, which is based on a student’s ACT composite score, high school grade point average, high school class rank, and the number of high school courses that student has completed in the core subject areas. The University of Northern Iowa requires students to have completed four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, three years of social studies, and two years of electives in order to be considered for admissions. Students must submit an application with a $40 application fee and official high school transcript. Transfer students may send in college transcripts for transfer credit consideration.


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