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University of Northern Iowa – Tuition & Success Analysis

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 9,943

Average annual cost of attendance: $15,666

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $20,354

Campus Setting: Small City

Religious Affiliation: None

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University of Northern Iowa Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $12,714

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $13,155

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $14,339

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $17,009

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $17,811


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by University of Northern Iowa. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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University of Northern Iowa Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 66%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 83%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $44,600

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 77%

University of Northern Iowa Admissions

University of Northern Iowa Acceptance Rate: 83%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 460 to 620

SAT Critical Reading: 425 to 600

SAT Writing: 360 to 550

ACT English: 19 to 25

ACT Math: 18 to 25

ACT Writing: 6 to 8

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to University of Northern Iowa actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

University of Northern Iowa Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 26%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 56%

Typical student debt: $20,354

Typical monthly loan payment: $216

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Majors at University of Northern Iowa


These are the most popular areas of study offered at University of Northern Iowa:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 6%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 18%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 8%
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services – 1%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 2%
  • Education – 16%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 2%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 3%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences – 4%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 1%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 4%
  • History – 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 3%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 2%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 6%
  • Physical Sciences – 1%
  • Psychology – 4%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 3%
  • Social Sciences – 7%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 6%

For more information about the various majors at University of Northern Iowa, visit their website.

University of Northern Iowa Diversity


Overall Composition at University of Northern Iowa

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of Northern Iowa full time:  92%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of Northern Iowa part time:  8%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at University of Northern Iowa:  10%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 1%

Black: 3%

Hispanic: 4%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Two or more races: 2%

Unknown: 4%

White: 83%

University of Northern Iowa Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 2.2

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.8

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 17.2

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.