University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Brief Description

With the perfect combination of history, culture, and technology, the University of Northern Iowa is situated on a 916-acre urban campus in the heart of Cedar Falls. As a comprehensive public four-year institution providing a world-class university education, UNI is founded on a strong liberal arts curriculum in a personalized learning environment. Home to an intellectually and culturally diverse community of over 11,000 students, the University of Northern Iowa retains an impressive student-faculty ratio of 16:1 and boasts one of the most affordable tuition rates in the state.

Founded in 1876, the school was initially established by legislators Edward G. Miller and H.C. Hemenway as an orphanage to care for the children affected by the Civil War throughout the northern region of the state. However, as the orphans grew up and moved out into the world, the building was transformed into a public teacher training institution devoted to the training of high-quality teachers. Since its inception, the institution has also gone by the names of the Iowa State Normal School, Iowa State Teachers College, and the State College of Iowa. True to its roots, UNI retains the proud distinction of leading Iowa's top teacher education programs.

Nationally recognized for excellence in education, the University of Northern Iowa is currently ranked as the 13th best college, 2nd top public school, and 6th top university for military veterans in the Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report. UNI is fully accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in over 90 majors. Among the prominent degree options, the accounting program has consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation for the pass rate of first-time CPA exam candidates. UNI is also ranked fourth in the country among master's institutions for the number of students studying abroad.

Outside of the classroom, the vibrant campus of the University of Northern Iowa is home to more than 300 student clubs, four fraternities, and four sororities. Nicknamed the Panthers, the University of Northern Iowa participates in the Missouri Valley Conference of the NCAA Division I with high-achieving varsity teams in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, wrestling, and more. Some of the most notable former Panthers include novelist Bess Streeter Aldrich, NFL Pro Bowler Bryce Paup, poet Mary Ellen Solt, and TV personality Mark Steines.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 12413

Total institution enrollment: 14106

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

University of Northern Iowa
1222 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614


(319) 273-2311


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 42%

Female undergraduate population: 58%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Acting And Directing
Actuarial Science
American Studies / Civilization
Applied And Resource Economics
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Arts And Design
Asian Studies
Audiology / Hearing Sciences
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemistry General
Chemistry Other
Clothing / Apparel And Textile Studies
College / Postsecondary Student Counseling
Communications General
Communications Other
Community Health Liaison
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Science General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Curriculum And Instruction
Dietetics / Human Nutritional Services
Drama / Theater Arts General
Drama / Theater Literature And History
Dramatic / Theater Arts And Stagecraft
Econometrics And Quantitative Economics
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Education Of The Gifted And Talented
Education Of The Mentally Handicapped
Education Other
Educational / Instructional Media Design
Elementary Middle And Secondary Education
Elementary Teacher Education
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Family And Community Studies
Finance General
Fine / Studio Arts
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
French Language And Literature
Geological And Related Sciences Other
German Language And Literature
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Health Teacher Education
History General
Home Economics Teacher Education
Hospitality Administration / Management
Housing Studies General
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Information Sciences And Systems
Interior Design General
Junior High / Intermediate / Middle School Teacher
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Library Science / Librarianship
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Mathematics Teacher Education
Miscellaneous Biological Specializations
Music General
Music General Performance
Music Other
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory And Composition
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Parks Recreation Leisure And Fitness
Philosophy And Religion
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physics General
Physics Other
Political Science And Government General
Political Science And Government Other
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Public Relations
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Reading Teacher Education
Real Estate
Recreational Therapy
Religion / Religious Studies
Russian And Slavic Area Studies
Russian Language And Literature
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education General
Social And Philosophical Foundations
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Special Education Other
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology
Teaching English As A Second Language
Technical Theater / Theater Design
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Women Studies