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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

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About This Campus

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, a pleasant community of 41,570 in the northeast part of the state. Travel time to Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, or Kansas City ranges from four to seven hours. Although UNI is noted for its outstanding teacher education programs, the curriculum also includes exceptional programs in business, humanities, arts and sciences and social and behavioral sciences. More than 90 majors are available to the 11,907 students who attend this medium-sized university. The attractive 900-acre residential campus has 50 major buildings and 10 residence halls are within easy walking distance of the classrooms. The UNI-Dome, a unique indoor stadium, and the McLeod Center, a multi-purpose arena, host sports and other special events, while the Wellness Center includes pools, courts, gyms, and an indoor track. The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center brings many internationally acclaimed artists to campus each season.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Cedar Falls
Population | 41,570
Enrollment | 11,212
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/20
Spring | 01/13-05/08

Campus Diversity

White | 86%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 4%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Enrollment in business, communications, computer science and special education courses is very competitive and cannot be guaranteed. Private music lessons require an audition, tape recordings are accepted. A 3.0 gpa is required for students enrolling in communication sciences and disorders.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Accounting
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education
  • Communication Disorders

Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Asian Studies, European Studies, Gerontology

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Investing, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration, Public Relations, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media Production and Management, Graphic Communication

Computer Science: System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Technology Education, Theatre Education

English: English

Environmental Studies: Ecology

Fashion: Textiles and Clothing

General Studies: Humanities, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Real Estate

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Promotion

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Administration and Management, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Systems

Languages: English as a Foreign Language, Spanish

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religion, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Applied Engineering and Technology, Biological Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Technology Education


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/28/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $61.40 Year Plan B Optional

Important Notes: Parking Fee is for a C permit.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/28/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 32% living on campus
  • Double: $4580.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: 1
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2350 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Detailed meal plans can be viewed here: https://dor.uni.edu/housing-dining-rates#mealplans Plans include All-Access, Block, and Weekly plans, as well as Meal Deals and Dining Dollars All-Access Meal Plans include unlimited meals & 16 FlexMeals per semester. Dining Dollars are distributed half per semester, carry over from fall to spring semester and expire at the end of the spring semester. Available for use at the two dining centers on campus. Per meal rates are based on 220 academic calendar days, three meals per day and are for illustrative purposes only. The per-meal price could be more or less depending on students’ individual usage. All-Access Plan Purple Silver Gold Per Meal $6.46 Per Semester $2,230 Per Academic Year $4,461 Dining Dollars(included)$75 $100 $150

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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