University Of Northern Iowa

University Of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa, or UNI, is a state-supported university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It was established in 1876. UNI has been consistently named one of the "Best in the Midwest" in the Princeton review's Best 351 College rankings guide. The university offers more than 120 majors through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The official mascot of UNI is the Panther, and their sports teams are nicknamed the Panthers. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and in the Missouri Valley Conference for various men and women sports.

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Contacting Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa
1222 W 27th St
Cedar Falls , IA 50614
General Phone: (319) 273-2311

Northern Iowa Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management524business management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, investments and securities, financial management, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching508education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, instructional media design, social foundations of education, special ed, gifted and talended education, ...
Liberal Arts391American studies, Asian studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Family and Social Work184family and community services, public administration, public policy analysis, social work
Media173communication studies, digital communications, organizational communications, public relations, graphic communications
Science167biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, ecology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy165parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling136psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, educational psychology
Engineering Technician67electromechanical tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech
Medical Support and Technology66speech pathology
Fine Arts63fine arts, art history and criticism
Security and Law Enforcement60criminology
Mathematics37mathematics, applied mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics courses
Music34music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, jazz
Medicine28gerontology, health professions
Real Estate and Construction Management25real estate, construction management
Computer Science and Engineering24computer and info science courses, computer science
Art Studies24art studies
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion
Construction Trades11apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts10drama, theatre design, acting, stagecraft
Design4interior design
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science
Engineering1engineering physics

Number of programs and degrees for Northern Iowa in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree48358
Bachelor's degree2,22191
Doctor's degree165

Northern Iowa Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern Iowa had a total enrollment of 12,692 students (11,861 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 26%
20-21 32%
22-24 23%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Northern Iowa Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 97 %

Northern Iowa Room and Board (2007)

Northern Iowa offers campus housing for 4,974 of its 11,861 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Cedar Falls, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northern Iowa Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal461580
SAT Math441591
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northern Iowa Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,376
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,596
Room and board $ 6,790
Room charge $ 3,230
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,560
Books and supplies $ 1,002
Other expenses $ 3,218

Financial Aid:
Northern Iowa participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 189000)

Northern Iowa Faculty

Northern Iowa has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6370
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2843

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year3$65,5854$70,173
Assistant professorcalendar year2*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year7$65,9637$62,376

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year107$87,33440$80,415
Associate professoracademic year105$70,10280$65,670
Assistant professoracademic year68$57,48460$53,231
Instructoracademic year35$48,83378$47,983
All faculty totalacademic year315$70,868258$59,716

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northern Iowa Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Missouri Valley Conference
Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports2379102

Northern Iowa Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Investments and Securities
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Physics

Engineering Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Community Services
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Asian Studies/Civilization
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Graphic Communications, General
Organizational Communication, General
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Northern Iowa Apart:

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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 12%Northern Iowa % of degrees in education and teaching
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% of degrees in media
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% of degrees in fine arts
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Top 18%Northern Iowa % of degrees in fine arts
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Top 18%Northern Iowa Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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