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A school was proposed by Elizabeth Alexander and funded by her husband, Robert Alexander, and son-in-law, Samuel Robertson in 1854, and in 1855, Alexander-Dickman Hall, later to be known as Upper Iowa University, was established. Andrew Carnegie donated $25,000 to build a library at Upper Iowa University in 1900 to the memory of his friend Colonel David B. Henderson. The University of Iowa, as stated in the university’s mission statement, “provides student-centered undergraduate and graduate educational programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems in an environment in which diversity is respected, encouraged and nurtured.”

Programs Offered

Students choose from over 40 majors at Upper Iowa University through four divisions and education centers in Illinois, Iowa, Kansa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and internationally in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Majors available include accounting, applied plant science, industrial technology, mortuary science, psychology, reading, sociology, and sports communication. Approximately 17 majors are offered online, as well as five certificate programs. Upper Iowa also offers four master’s degrees in education (offered online only), business administration, public administration, and higher education administration.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Upper Iowa University since January 1951. Upper Iowa University has also been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels since April 2008.


Upper Iowa University requires undergraduate applicants submit ACT or SAT scores, a high school transcript, a completed application, and a $50 application fee (application fee is waived if the prospective student visits the campus). Undergraduate students applying for the distance education program or education centers must prove graduation from a regionally accredited or state recognized public or private high school or equivalent. Upper Iowa also requires a minimum 2.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale for any previous college coursework.

Graduate applicants must submit an undergraduate transcript proving graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.75 grade point average or a 3.0 from the most recent 60 semester credits of undergraduate course work. Master of education applicants must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average, submit three letters of recommendation and provide photocopies of current teaching certificates. GRE or GMAT scores may be submitted, but are not required. Application deadline is rolling.

Admissions Contact

Upper Iowa University
Admissions Office
605 Washington St.
P.O. Box 1857
Fayette, Iowa 52142

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