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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
The University of Northern Iowa, founded in 1876, is a public, comprehensive institution. Students at UNI experience a remarkable amount of change, not only in their personal growth, but also in the new facilities, methods and technologies provided on campus. All of these changes focus on improved educational opportunities and services to students. What remains unchanged is UNI's commitment to its students. Over 90% of classes have fewer than 50 students and the low student-to-faculty ratio coupled with the fact that the overwhelming majority of classes are taught by full-time professors make the education at UNI both challenging and personal. UNI believes in its motto, "Great teaching makes the difference." Its 788-acre campus is located in Cedar Falls, seven miles from Waterloo.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 10,104
   Women 5,752 (56.9%)
   Men 4,352 (43.1%)
Graduate Students 1,801
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 82% of 5,287 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.49
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25-20 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance In-state: $19,888
Out-of-state: $30,430
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $8,309
Out-of-state: $18,851
  Room and Board $8,629
Average Percent of Need Met 69%
Average Freshman Award $8,733
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 556
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Cedar Falls Population 40,566
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 91% of freshmen, 75% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Panthers
Sororities 6% of women participate
Fraternities 3% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
2.8% Black/African-American
4.0% Hispanic/Latino
2.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
85.7% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students 4.0% from 68 countries
First-Year Students Returning 85.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 39.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 16.5%