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Founded in 1876, University of Northern Iowa. is a Public college. Located in Iowa, which is a city setting in Iowa, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 10,104 full time undergraduate students, and 1,801 full time graduate students.
The University of Northern Iowa Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 566 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Northern Iowa include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at UNI are considered Less Selective, with ,78% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 38 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 48% were in the top quarter, and 19% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Northern Iowa.
176 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
135 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
187 Students rated campus food 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.
194 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
195 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
193 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
194 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
194 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated University of Northern Iowa
I think that the University of Northern Iowa is a great college to attend and I've enjoyed my time here. It's a medium-sized school, which means that you get smaller class sizes while still getting the opportunity to meet new people all of the time. It feels like the best of both worlds between small and large colleges. Additionally, the campus is very pretty and feels quite safe.
University of Northern Iowa is an amazing school. They have a nice campus. It not huge but it still is big enough that you don't feel like you're stuck on a small campus. The academics are very good and the faculty really cares. The dining services have a wide variety with plenty of healthy options. The sports and extracurricular activities offer a wide variety of things to spend your time doing.
The University of Northern Iowa is a great choice for people looking to go into teaching. The classes are a good size and the professors are always willing to meet after class and just talk about the class or life in general. The school is filled with introverts, which is an extrovert's dream. The campus is walkable and very safe, but it is designed for wind flow as it was built only to be used in the summer. So bring warm clothes for the winter and the wind!
Since starting at UNI, I absolutely love it. It really is the best of both worlds; the classes and campus aren't overwhelmingly large and so theres a strong sense of community but theres always something going on either on or around campus to keep you busy. The professors are amazing about helping when you reach out and the school itself offers various opportunities for extra help when it's needed.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Northern Iowa is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
If it feels right, then choose it, if you walk onto a campus and get a weird feeling, don't push it, just try a different campus. Each college can be better or worse for a specific college, do not go somewhere because your father did, or your greatgrandfather founded it, although it might be good financial aid. Find a place that specializes in what you would like to do, or has a broad program, like UNI. I love UNI because the theater teachers are well known, teach in multiple different countries and we have experiences that have changed my life and given me oppertunites I only wished for. Get involved, the more involved you are, the more fun college will be, if you sit in your dorm all day, of course you won't make friends, go out, meet new people, and try new things. You will be suprised where life will take you, like me, if I didn't come here, I would have never met my fiance. So go out and visit, and go with your gut, because you never know what you will find!
The best thing about being at UNI is the amount of pride shown by all students who attend here and the staff who works here as well. Everyone has a strong sense of community and would do anything to help a fellow student or coworker out. There is never a day when I don't see students showing school spirit and pride.
It is very cold in the winter time.
The kind of person that should attend the University of Northern Iowa should be anyone that wants to be in a very relaxed enviornment. Someone who truely values their education and is pushing themselves to move forward in life and enrich the lives of others as well as their own life.
I wish I had known more about opportunities for scholarships. However, when I applied for one scholarship, the committee for that scholarship recommended me for another scholarship that I had not applied for. I ended up receiving both scholarships, so I am very grateful to the faculty at this university.
I love my school. It is very friendly, and I feel there is always something going on. The professors are always willing to help me when I have a problem with what is going on in class.
My classmates are school oriented, but they also know how to relax and have fun when all the homework is finished.
Someone that just wants to party and not study. They will not make it through if they only party.
UNI is the size of a small private school with the backing and resources of a large public institution (and the price tag). The professors and faculty/staff are what make UNI shine, I know first hand that from the RAs to Academic Advisors to almost every Professor, their goal for you to succeed. Whether that is offering suggestions or providing opportunities (or even being woken up at 3 am to read your final paper as you silently freak out in the corner) the resources staff offers is truly invaluable.
the cold weather, but other than that I love UNI!
My school is best known for its Education majors and Business education. Also we are known for upsetting the number 1 team in the nation last year in the NCAA tournament!
That it is just the right size, they have an amazing theater program, and there are tons of ways to get invovled, and the people are nice, and willing to help with whatever. The eating place is open for those with allergies (like me) and assist well.
I don't think there are any stereotypes of the student body as a whole at the University of Northern Iowa. Although, I would say we are known for our school spirit! The Interlude Dance has been a huge factor in making our student section known nation wide. Also, we have a large enough campus that you can be who you would like and still be able to find a group to belong to. We don't have many fraternity or sorority groups, but they are a close knit group. We also have a lot of exchange students and that makes for a interesting and diverse student population.
UNI is a great school to go to! It is a very compact campus and is truly a home away from home! It's the perfect size for a college campus! Being a state school, we have plenty of resources for students to use also. Currently the NISG (Northern Iowa Student Government) is doing a trial of bringing the NY Times to campus. For a while, we get free copies of the New York Times newspaper in the Maucker Union on a first come first serve basis. NISG is going to try to extend it for the rest of the semester and perhaps even next year and after. UNI is a respectable school to graduate from, and if you want to be a teacher this is by far your best bet! It is a great school to go to for an education major. Also, there is a ton of school spirit here. Everyone loves the Panthers in Cedar Falls! Many of the people here are also Iowa or Iowa State fans too, which is okay. You can still bring in your old team favorite and still be a Panthers fan!
The biggest recent controversy on campus has been the rise in tuition prices that all of the state schools are now feeling. UNI is being most affected by the state cutbacks as compared to the other state schools of Iowa since we have a greater percentage of funds coming from the state. Besides tuition, one of the biggest complaints is the food in the dining centers. Usually, the food is good and there is a wide variety from pasta to ice cream to subs to pizza, and more! However, on the weekends the food selections aren't as good.
The academics at UNI are challenging but definitely doable. All of the professors that I've had have been very clear that they are willing to help if we need the help. Also, all professors have office hours, and most are flexible and allow you to schedule an appointment at other times if you can't make the set times. You can use these times to talk about homework, classes, or just go in and talk. They are willing to help if you make the time to go in and talk to them. Many of the classes I've taken have been in classes of less than 50, and so class participation is encouraged and sometimes required. There are also university tutors, where the university hires students to help their peers in virtually every subject free of charge. The classes here are also guiding you to do what you need to after college. Many of the Liberal Arts classes are set up just for learning, but once you get into the classes needed for your major they are geared toward practicality and what you are going to use in your job.
UNI has many student organizations that appeal to a diverse population of students. There are many service related organizations, which I believe seem to be very popular. For example, one group has "Volunteer Tuesdays" in which every Tuesday of the month students volunteer somewhere in the community. These events seem to be so popular that they often fill spots a month before. One of my favorite groups that I have been involved in is Colleges Against Cancer, which plans Relay for Life. It was a very positive experience that allowed students to show their passions. Many students also attend athletic events, especially since they are free for UNI students, which is rare. Athletic events have such a great atmosphere and sense of team spirit. I have meet my closest friends in my dorm my freshman year. The dorms have a great sense of community and allow you to meet many people. They usually have many activities for students to get involved in both during the week and on the weekends.
Because it was not too close, nor too far away from my hometown. Some of the bars are 18+ but it is not a huge party school. The teacher to student ratio is great and the campus is not too big
There are SO many food options! There are all different types of foods, but they get a little old after a few years.
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Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
82% of students
attending University of Northern Iowa receive some sort of financial aid.
29% were awarded federal grants.
While 58% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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