University of Northern Iowa

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,111
4.25% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$15,782
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.12%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94.9%
4,594 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
8,945
82.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
63.8%
1,248 Graduates

About

University of Northern Iowa is a higher education institution located in Black Hawk County, IA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Northern Iowa were Elementary Education & Teaching (281 degrees awarded), General Psychology (111 degrees), and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (90 degrees).

In 2022, 2,755 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Northern Iowa. 62.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,262 degrees), 21.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (104 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Iowa is $8,111, which is $−15,885 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Northern Iowa is $8,111, which is $−15,885 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,782.

In 2022, 74% of undergraduate students attending University of Northern Iowa received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,111
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Northern Iowa was $8,111. The cost of tuition at University of Northern Iowa is $−15,885 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$15,782
2022 Value
3.62%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Northern Iowa had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,782. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Northern Iowa grew by 3.62%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,160
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Northern Iowa was of $9,160 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

74%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
47%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

74% of undergraduate students at University of Northern Iowa received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 8.82% with respect to 2021, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.12%
2019 Default Rate
29
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Northern Iowa was 1.12%, which represents 29 out of the 2581 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of Northern Iowa received 4,594 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 3.73% annual growth. Out of those 4,594 applicants, 4,362 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.9% acceptance rate.

There were 8,945 students enrolled at University of Northern Iowa in 2022. 1% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Northern Iowa has an overall enrollment yield of 32.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
4,362
Accepted Out of 4,594

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Northern Iowa was 94.9% (4,362 admissions from 4,594 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 85.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 3.73%, while admissions grew by 6.55%..

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SAT Scores

1%
Submission Percentage (2022)
16
Scores Submitted (2022)

1% of enrolled first-time students at University of Northern Iowa in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Northern Iowa had a total enrollment of 8,945 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Iowa is 7,375 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,570. This means that 82.4% of students enrolled at University of Northern Iowa are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Northern Iowa, both undergraduate and graduate, is 84.1% White, 5.28% Hispanic or Latino, 2.88% Black or African American, 2.59% Two or More Races, 1.63% Asian, 0.112% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0447% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Northern Iowa in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (53%), followed by White Male (31.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.77%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (59.6%), followed by White Male (17.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Northern Iowa in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,945 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Northern Iowa is 7,375 and the part-time enrollment is 1,570. This means that 82.4% of students enrolled at University of Northern Iowa are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Northern Iowa was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), University of Northern Iowa had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,522 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    472 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    258 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Northern Iowa is 84.1% White, 5.28% Hispanic or Latino, 2.88% Black or African American, 2.59% Two or More Races, 1.63% Asian, 0.112% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0447% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2022, 689 more women than men received degrees from University of Northern Iowa. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Northern Iowa is white (2,262 degrees awarded). There were 21.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (104 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Northern Iowa is Elementary Education & Teaching (281 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (111 degrees) and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (90 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Northern Iowa, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (626 degrees awarded), Library Science (13 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (117 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,604,919 people), Secondary school teachers (492,436 people), Education administrators (278,119 people), Special education teachers (191,639 people), and Social workers, all other (177,700 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa in 2022 are Education (626 degrees awarded), Library Science (13 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (117 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (156 degrees), and History (36 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa are Education (626 degrees awarded), Library Science (13 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (117 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (156 degrees), and History (36 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa are Elementary & secondary schools (2,866,836 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (316,547 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (218,356 people), Individual & family services (149,465 people), and Outpatient care centers (124,351 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Northern Iowa are Education (626 degrees awarded), Library Science (13 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (117 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (156 degrees), and History (36 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Northern Iowa.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 281 degrees awarded
  2. 111 degrees awarded
  3. 90 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Northern Iowa was Elementary Education & Teaching with 281 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,033
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,722
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,033 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Iowa, which is 0.6 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,722).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 67 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Iowa in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.77 times less than the 87 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 254 degrees were awarded to men at University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 9.41 times more than the 27 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%
100% Completion Time
64%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 41% of students graduating from University of Northern Iowa completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 64% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 65% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (92.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Northern Iowa is Female and Asian (92.9% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.85% of graduates (48 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,262 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    104 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    64 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Northern Iowa is white (2,262 degrees awarded). There were 21.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (104 degrees).

2.94% of degree recipients (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,434 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    828 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    67 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Northern Iowa is white female (1,434 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (828 degrees).

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Operations

University of Northern Iowa has an endowment valued at nearly $168M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−3.08%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, University of Northern Iowa had a total salary expenditure of 262M. University of Northern Iowa employs 144 Associate professors, 116 Professors and 70 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Northern Iowa are Male Associate professor (77), Male Professor (70), and Female Associate professor (67).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Iowa are: Office and Administrative Support, with 160 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 146 employees, and Service with 143 employees.

Endowment

$168M
2022 Endowment
4.93%
decline from 2021

University of Northern Iowa has an endowment valued at about $168M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Northern Iowa declined 4.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $121M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $12.1M - Federal
  2. $2.57M - State
  3. $31.1k - Local

As of 2022, University of Northern Iowa received $12.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.57M from state grants and contracts, and $31.1k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$121M
2022 Salaries
0.545%
decline from 2021

In 2022, University of Northern Iowa paid a median of $121M in salaries, which represents 46.3% of their overall expenditure ($262M) and a 0.545% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$30.8M
Instructional Salaries
399
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Northern Iowa paid a total of $30.8M to 399 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
144 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
160 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Northern Iowa were Associate professor with 144 employees, Professor with 116 employees, and Assistant professor with 70 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Northern Iowa were Office and Administrative Support with 160 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 146 employees, and Service with 143 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Northern Iowa was Male Associate professor with 77 employees, Male Professor with 70 employees, and Female Associate professor with 67 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Northern Iowa.

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