Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

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Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus, 25 US education locations, and locations in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Whether a new high school graduate, non-traditional student, or a member of the US military, UIU strives to meet each individual’s needs with convenient daytime and evening classes. With flexibility and a commitment to high standards and quality, Upper Iowa’s unique academic year consists of eight-week terms. Undergraduate students can usually take just two courses most terms and complete a May term or online course to still graduate on time. 

Adding online classes allows students to work aggressively toward completing a degree. Many students blend their degree plan by taking hybrid (both face-to-face and online) courses. Other incoming students easily transfer up to 90 college credits from other schools. Up to 12 credits can be transferred at the graduate level. Additional credits may also be earned through work experience through an experiential learning portfolio or various college examinations.

The UIU Center for International Education (CIE) is responsible for all initiatives related to internationalizing the campus. About 11% of students on the Fayette campus are international, representing 28 countries. The CIE includes education abroad, international admission, Intensive English Program, and International Student and Scholar Services to help international students with immigration and cultural adjustment.

UIU offers some 40 majors to students through four academic schools, which means there’s something for everyone. Some partnership majors allow students to complete pre-professional programs. UIU encourages hands-on experience, and required field experience is built into most majors. Upper Iowa consistently connects students with the opportunity to interact with professionals within a desired field.

In addition to master’s degrees in Education, Business Administration, and Public Administration, Upper Iowa now offers graduate programs in Science in Counseling and Sport Administration. Most recently launched, the UIU Master of Sport Administration (MSA) online degree program is available in a fast-paced curriculum. Each MSA student is required to complete a minimum of 36 credits with an emphasis in Sport Management or Coaching and Leadership Education.

Upper Iowa University not only wants its students to obtain academic success and enjoy their entire college experience but also looks forward to best preparing them for a successful career. All students have the support and encouragement of a faculty academic advisor in their major field of study. The advisors assist in ensuring each individual student meets their respective degree requirements for their respective degree(s). In addition to helping the student select a major, the advisor can also guide them through the process of changing majors or preparing for a professional program or graduate school.

Campus sports and activities
UIU students are provided a variety of athletics, wellness programs, and other activities to participate in throughout the school year.

The Upper Iowa University Peacocks are the only NCAA Division II college/university in Iowa, with student-athletes participating in 16 varsity teams, including soccer, golf, and basketball for both women and men; softball, tennis, cross-country, track & field, and volleyball for women; and football, baseball, and wrestling for men. A competitive co-ed spirit squad is also available.

Among the popular activities available to all students is a full slate of intramurals, including flag football, billiards, basketball, softball, and volleyball leagues; bocce ball, disc golf, kickball, bowling, bean bag(s), indoor soccer, and ladder golf tournaments. At the same time, UIU’s Outdoor Pursuits schedule includes fishing, camping, paintball, skiing, white-water rafting, and much more. Outdoor Pursuits also provides various equipment for students to check out at no cost. In addition, UIU recognizes approximately 30 student clubs, organizations, and club sports.

Making it affordable
Assistance comes in three forms at Upper Iowa University: gift aid (grants or scholarships), loans, and/or work opportunities. The University offers renewable merit scholarships to incoming freshmen at the Fayette campus. In addition, Upper Iowa awards more than $100,000 each year to current students based on their college accomplishments. In addition to providing career development, counseling, service learning, and similar assistance to students, the UIU financial aid team, along with personal admission counselors, works with all students to develop a financial aid package that makes attending UIU affordable.

A campus visit is the best way to get to know Upper Iowa University and all of the opportunities that await perspective students. While group visits are scheduled several times a year, UIU admissions counselors and student ambassadors are readily available to help design a visit that meets each student’s individual needs.

For additional information about Upper Iowa University, visit uiu.edu or call 800-553-4150.

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