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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

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  1. Voted #1 "Best College Food" in Iowa by niche.com
  2. 92% of classes have less than 50 students
  3. UNI's College of Business has earned accreditation from the AACSB

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 nearly 10,000 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.

Location Information

Located in the Cedar Valley, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro has a combined population of approximately 170,000. There are more than 110 miles of trails to explore, with parts of the trail accessible from the campus. The surrounding community offers live music, comedy clubs, two waterparks, festivals, and a welcoming environment for students and families.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Cedar Falls
Population | 41,570
Enrollment | 8,949
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/15
Spring | 01/16-05/10

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 2%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 3%
White | 82%
Other | 4%
International | 4%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Anthropology... ++ show all


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
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 Home Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/19/23

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $40.00 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $70.00 Year Home Optional

Important Notes: Parking Fee is for a C permit.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/19/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 31% living on campus
  • Double: $4825.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1
Notes About Housing
UNI offers plentiful housing and a variety of options. You can find more details at https://uhd.uni.edu/.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2350 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
UNI offers a variety of dining plans and options. You can find more details at https://uhd.uni.edu/dining/meal-plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/19/23

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1500 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Students exchanging from Canada are required to purchase UNI Health Insurance. Otherwise, students aren't required to purchase additional coverage at UNI. But health coverage is available for any student who wishes to purchase coverage. Specific details about health and dental coverage requirements and plans available can be found here, https://health.uni.edu/insurance-information

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,500 per semester.


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