Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Northern Iowa have made it clear they are extremely proud of their institution.
Prospective students and their families quickly learn that “Purple for Life” is more than just a saying…it’s a reality.
UNI is nationally recognized for its high educational standards, and students are provided with a variety of opportunities to live and learn together. The reasons why students choose to be “Purple for Life” are endless.
Discover where you belong
Discovering your place at UNI means discovering a university where credits will transfer seamlessly. Where students fit in and make friends their very first day. Where faculty and advisors provide expert guidance so they can graduate on time.
Each year, more than a third of our new students have transferred from a community college or other college/university. But you’d never know it, because they’re just as involved in class discussions, leadership positions, and residence hall life as any other Panther.
Discover the right campus for learning
With enrollment at nearly 12,000, UNI is proud to be recognized for the past 20 years as one of the “Best Midwest Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. Transfer students will be challenged and encouraged to apply what they learned at their previous college.
UNI’s colleges offer more than 160 majors, minors, and graduate and doctorate programs to prepare students for success after college.
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.
The College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences produces nearly 30% of Iowa’s STEM teachers, a percentage that’s higher than any other Iowa university.
And UNI’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers the only undergraduate Gerontology degree in Iowa.
Most affordable public university in Iowa
UNI is the most affordable public university in Iowa. More than 86% of UNI’s transfer students receive some sort of financial aid. And when UNI students graduate, they owe less money than students who graduate from any four-year public institution in Iowa.
Breaking away from national trends in student borrowing, UNI has seen its average student loan indebtedness decrease by nearly 11% over the past seven years.
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.
UNI also has 260+ student clubs and organizations, so there’s bound to be at least one that sounds like fun.
And, with 17 Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams, the campus community has the opportunity to cheer from the stands, play in the band, or join a team.
Purple for life
UNI has seen many successes in the past 141 years. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will continue to be “Purple for Life” and look toward all of the successes that are yet to come.
Number of UNI students who are transfer students
of new freshmen come to UNI with college credit earned while in high school
Number of UNI students with AA degrees
Average size of an undergraduate class at UNI
of classes are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
Top 5 graduating majors for 2015–2016:
Elementary Education, Psychology, Communication, Management: Business Administration, and Social Work
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
Success After Graduation
Approximately 95% of last year’s
graduates found success