Undergrad Profile


At the University of Northern Iowa, students have the opportunity to discover the ideal major for their success, student life, their interests, academic resources, and more! UNI is nationally recognized for its high educational standards and is consistently rated by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best public regional universities. 

AT A GLANCE

Fast Facts

26
average size of an undergraduate class at UNI

17:1
overall student-faculty ratio 

95%
of last year’s graduates are employed or in advanced studies within six months of graduation

99%
of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants

93%
of classes with fewer than 50 students; 98% with fewer than 100 students

More than 750 employers routinely recruit
UNI alumni.

Top 5 majors for 2016–2017
UNI graduates
Elementary Education, Psychology, Communications, Management/Business Administration,  and Social Work

260+
student clubs and organizations
Students can participate in everything from music, Greek Life, and honor societies to student government, faith-based organizations, and many more.


Discover where you belong
The faculty and staff at UNI know that choosing a major is a process that often reflects how a student feels about their career goals. It can be a direct journey or an opportunity for exploration. The good news is that UNI has more than 90 majors and plenty of assistance for choosing one.

UNI’s College of Education is the largest of Iowa’s 32 teacher education programs. More than 450 new teachers graduate from UNI each year.

The College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)—the most prestigious business school accreditation in the world. Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business schools have received this honor.

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences produces nearly 30% of Iowa’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, a percentage that’s higher than any other Iowa university.

And UNI’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences hosts the largest annual student research conference in the state.

UNI faculty put students first
As a teaching-focused school, UNI’s great faculty put students first. They bring their experience and expertise into the classroom and supplement their courses with knowledge gained through intensive research and discovery as well as service and engagement.

Undergraduate students at UNI can enhance their knowledge and skills through student-faculty research beginning their very first year. Employers and graduate schools are always looking for hands-on experiences. Being able to offer an ever-expanding list of internships, student teaching, study abroad, and research opportunities really make UNI students stand out.

One of the most affordable universities
UNI is one of the most affordable universities in Iowa. More than 94% of UNI’s first-year students receive some sort of financial aid. And when UNI students graduate, they have the second-lowest average debt when compared to graduates from all other four-year institutions in Iowa.

Breaking away from national trends in student borrowing, UNI has seen its average student loan indebtedness decrease by nearly 13% over the past seven years. It’s no surprise that UNI ranks in the top third of all US institutions in Money magazine’s “2017 Best Colleges for Your Money” list.

Discover your home away from home
Students, faculty, and staff at UNI have access to one of America’s best college dining services, outstanding health and wellness services, a performing arts complex, and venues for playing and watching sports. UNI offers Living Learning Communities in each of its 10 residence halls. Students are surrounded by other students who share their interests, whether academic or non-academic.

And UNI has found that everyone looks good in purple. With 17 Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams, the campus community has the opportunity to cheer from the stands, or play in the band or on a team. 

Discover your future
UNI alumni are making their mark on the world in nearly every field and every profession. From leading international corporations to educating young children in schools of all sizes and making an impact in our national government, UNI graduates have found success in a number of unique ways.

Discover where you belong at UNI!