University of Northern Iowa

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $20,000—$25,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, Biology

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, HLC, AACSB, ABET, CAEP

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6+, TOEFL: 79+, Cambridge English: 170+, Duolingo: 100+, ACT Eng: 20+, PTE Academic: 55+, SAT Eng: 480+

  • Social Media

University of Northern Iowa Challenges you to Achieve Beyond 

The University of Northern Iowa is a comprehensive public university with 9,000 students representing over 55 countries.  UNI offers 90 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate programs as well as an intensive English program.  Students can expect small classes and courses taught by professors, not graduate students.   UNI is consistently recognized as one of the best public regional universities in the midwest as well as receiving recognition for high graduation rates, environmental responsibility and as a best college for your money.  UNI has also been recognized as a “Best Business School” by Princeton Review.   

UNI offers programs in the following colleges:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
  • College of Social and Behavioral Science  

All students have easy access to extracurricular opportunities with 94% of University of Northern Iowa students graduating with experience directly related to their future career.  These include:

  • internships
  • co-ops
  • field experience
  • undergraduate and graduate research
  • participation in one of the over 200 clubs and organizations
  • on-campus jobs

These types of hands-on experiences result in 96% of UNI students reporting that they were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP)

The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) at the University of Northern Iowa offers intensive academic English language instruction and a cultural and social introduction to the United States.  CIEP students participate in listening, speaking, reading and writing classes in order to practice English in a variety of situations and environments.  Class sizes are typically limited to 16 students, so students can easily establish meaningful connections with their instructors and peers.  Many students utilize CIEP coursework to improve their English and bridge into academic courses at the university.  

Campus and Community

The University of Northern Iowa's 370 hectare park-like campus features more than 65 major buildings including academic buildings, residence halls, recreation centers, extensive libraries. You will also find:

  • an entrepreneur incubator
  • a greenhouse
  • television studios
  • an indoor football arena
  • a metal casting center
  • a bio preserve
  • a water slide
  • and so much more! 

It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk across campus and you will feel at home as UNI has been recognized as one of the "Safest Campuses in America."   UNI is located in Cedar Falls, a small city that is welcoming and safe and has been selected as one of the "Best College Towns" in the U.S.  


Cost and Scholarships

UNI was recently ranked as the #17th "Most Affordable School for International Students" by College Factual (out of over 1000 schools) as a result of our tuition that is below the national average for both public and private universities.  The cost of living in Iowa is also well below the national average so students will save money on living and personal expenses.  Scholarship support is offered to international students including merit and international student scholarships ranging from $1000 - $12000.  Graduate assistantships and scholarships are also available for students applying for master's programs with a priority deadline of Feb. 1st.  There are many campus jobs for students interested in working to earn money and experience.  

It is easy to apply

  1. Submit your application for admission at
  2. Submit transcripts and results from all secondary and/or postsecondary education institutions attended
  3. Submit proof of English proficiency.  See list of accepted exams at
  4. For graduate applicants, some programs may require additional documentation.  Check for your specific department requirements at

Connect With US

The University of Northern Iowa offers personalized assistance to help navigate the admission process, scholarship options and any other questions.  We invite you to connect with us through the following resources:

  • Email -
  • WhatsApp - +13192732363
  • Arrange a one-on-one appointment with Admission staff -


University of Northern Iowa

002 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls IA 50614-0018
P: 319.273.2281
CEA EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
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