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University of Northern Iowa is a public institution situated in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The location of UNI is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

7,632 Full-Time Undergraduates
$7,780 Avg In-State Tuition

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University of Northern Iowa Rankings

UNI is ranked #95 out of 1,440 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 26 schools in Iowa.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UNI has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#107 Best Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNI.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Electromechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Electromechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Industrial Production Technology Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNI has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Manufacturing Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#7 Best Industrial Technology Schools College Factual
#9 Best Industrial Production Technology Schools College Factual
#31 Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#40 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#136 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is University of Northern Iowa?


Contact details for UNI are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1227 W 27Th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0005
Phone: 319-273-2311

Can I Afford UNI?

$7,780 In-State Tuition
53% Take Out Loans
2.8% Loan Default Rate
For the 2019-2020 academic year, part-time UNI students paid $325 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $770 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $7,780 $18,480
Fees $1,273 $1,273
Books and Supplies $800 $800
On Campus Room and Board $9,160 $9,160
On Campus Other Expenses $2,396 $2,396

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UNI, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $5,948 a year. That adds up to $23,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNI is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,632 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,289 undergraduate students at UNI, with 7,632 being full-time and 657 being part-time.


There are also 1,218 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,632 full-time undergraduates at UNI, 39% are male and 61% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Northern Iowa students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 98
Black or African American 179
Hispanic or Latino 366
White 6,382
International Students 141
Other Races/Ethnicities 466

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at University of Northern Iowa. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 71 countries are represented at UNI. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico.

Online Learning at University of Northern Iowa

909 Took All Classes Online
7,858 Took At Least One Class Online
11.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,858 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNI has changed over the last few years.


Online Affordability Rankings of UNI

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Iowa was $8,938 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $21,222. The following table shows how UNI is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Industrial Production Technology #19 #10
Industrial Technology #19 #10
Engineering Technologies #37 #34

Online Growth Rankings of UNI

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Northern Iowa was 11.1%. This is the #1,182 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNI regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Northern Iowa Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Industrial Technology 26 26
Manufacturing Engineering Technology 24 24
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 18 18
Athletic Training 12 12
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 0 0
TOTAL 80 80


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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