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Upper Iowa University


Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private residential school located in rural Fayette, Iowa. The school was established in 1854 by Elizabeth Alexander after receiving a grant of $10,000 from her husband Robert Alexander and $5,000 from her son-in-law Samuel Robertson. The school sits on a hundred acres in Fayette County, which came in at #26 on the “Best Places to Live” list for the Midwest. In addition to the Fayette campus, the school has distance-learning centers in other areas of the United States and internationally. In total, about 6,000 students are pursuing educational programs at UIU.


UIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award Associate of Arts, Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees. The school offers certificate, minor, and pre-professional programs too. Here is a sample of the educational programs you can study at Upper Iowa University:

Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communications Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Life Science
  • Public Administration
  • Sports Communication

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Higher Education Administration

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Chiropractic
  • Pharmacy
  • Art Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Mortuary Science

Upper Iowa University is most well known for its distance learning program, which is divided into two parts: online and independent study. Online programs are, perhaps, the simplest. Students receive instruction over the Internet and submit their assignments by email. This provides students with the flexibility to decide when and where they will attend class. The independent study program is modeled after the traditional correspondence courses where students use books, study guides and other materials to complete their assignments. Instead of paper mail, however, students connect with instructors via email.


Admissions requirements vary depending on the program the student is entering. In general, students must have graduated from an accredited high school or obtained an equivalent degree (e.g. GED). To enter the online programs, students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Applicants will need to send in copies of their school transcripts and their ACT or SAT scores. Transfer students can transfer up to 78 credits to Upper Iowa University.

Applicants applying to the graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a 2.75 grade point average, and have earned at least a 3.0 on the last 60 credits of their undergraduate work. The minimum GPA for entry into the Master of Education degree is 3.0. Graduate applicants must also take and pass the GRE or GMAT test.


Here is how much it will cost you per year to attend Upper Iowa University:

  • Undergraduate tuition (Fayette Campus): $23,356
  • Graduate tuition: $365 to $417 per credit depending on program
  • Room: $2,850 to $5,000 depending on room and occupancy
  • Distance education: $170 to $348 depending on program

Financial aid is available to students that need help paying for school. The state and federal government has several programs including grants and loans that students can apply for using the FAFSA. Upper Iowa University also has several scholarships available to qualified students.

Campus Life

Upper Iowa University requires all students to live on campus for two years. The only exceptions to this rule are students that:

  • Are aged 22 or over
  • Live within 30 miles of the school
  • Are Married
  • Have children
  • Are a veteran
  • Are enrolled for a fifth college semester

There are typically two students per room. Single rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis. The school has a total of four residence halls, two of which contain suites and apartments. All rooms in campus housing are furnished. Apartments have kitchens. All buildings have computer labs, game rooms, and vending machines.

Men and women who are interested in participating in intercollegiate sports can participate in baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, wrestling, cross country, tennis, and volleyball. There are also lots of student clubs and organizations on campus including Drama Club, Music Club, International Student Association, Peacock Club, Phi Beta Lambda, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee.


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