University of Northern Iowa

1,169 reviews
  1. Cedar Falls, IA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
University of Northern Iowa is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
963-1183
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,026/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,283/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,340/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,655/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,481/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,350/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.90 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.91 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,122Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Ambitous
    25%
  • Spirited
    13%
  • Hardworking
    12%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Idiot
    3%
  • Stuck-up
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.97 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.124 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Accepting
    29%
  • Community
    25%
  • Amazing
    22%
  • Growing
    14%
  • Broad
    6%
  • Joke
    3%
  • Evolving
    2%

After University of Northern Iowa

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.67 responses

Reviews

1,169 reviews
  • Excellent
    139
  • Very Good
    456
  • Average
    488
  • Poor
    60
  • Terrible
    26
UNI is a middle of the road choice when it comes to choosing a college. It has the opportunities that would come with a large university while maintaining the intimacy of a small school atmosphere. Since UNI is an R2 school, the faculty that come here know that their primary responsibility is to teach. As a music major, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with my professors. I get to learn from them and watch them perform regularly. The faculty in the school of music also get along very well, so the atmosphere is very energizing since everyone is pursuing knowledge. Many departments will collaborate and put together fantastic performances. There are also plenty of opportunities for student leadership. I have been able to put together my own chamber ensembles and have had my music read by Jazz Band One. My experience has been incredible and this is just the beginning of UNI's rise to the top!
  • College Senior
  • 6 months ago
I didn't make my best friends through the residence halls because I'm a music major and whenever I wasn't in class, I was practicing. I met my friends through student orgs and ensembles, but I was able to use my dorm for alone time, which I really appreciated. My floor mates respected my privacy and a couple still came to my concerts! Living in the dorms is nice at UNI. They're safe, they're close to every building and the RAs take great care in fostering a positive atmosphere in the hall.
  • College Senior
  • 6 months ago
There are pros and cons of course with any school, in my experience so far with 3 semesters under my belt this is what I've learned:

Make friends at least to the point of getting their phone numbers, it comes in so handy to have a BUNCH of people to contact in case you get stuck with a bad professor or miss a bunch of days for whatever reason.

There ARE bad professors, but there are also some outstanding ones who really are in love with their subject and want you to learn to love it too! Talk to your contacts and ask what their professors are like, its very likely you'll end up having some professors in common. CHECK rate my professor before signing up for classes for God's sake. READ the actual reviews because some people rate professors poorly because they make you actually learn and some people rate good because you don't do anything and it's an easy A.

Even if a professor rubs you the wrong way at first or vise versa your mind/his mind might change by the end of the semester. Try to find some way to relate to each of your professors and speak up in class at least once a week. Make sure the professor knows you by name; they like effort.

Sometimes the advisers are unhelpful; I'm not going to lie. Their supposed to be there to help you figure out how to navigate the terribly coded and designed website, but sometimes they really don't want to do their jobs. LUCKILY, you usually have more than one advisor (and if you happen to be an athlete, you have AMAZING athletics advisers!(Stacia, Alex, Andrea))

So in conclusion, UNI could be an amazing college experience, or it could be awful. It requires some work to get it right and once in a while you might get it wrong, but overall I like this school, it's a home for me.

(By the way, the dorms are the worst)
  • College Sophomore
  • Nov 19 2015