University of Northern Iowa has a long and rich history of service dating back to the mid-1800’s. In 1866, an orphanage for children affected by the Civil War was established in Cedar Falls. In a few years’ time, it became apparent that the building’s usefulness would shortly be coming to an end as orphans grew up and moved out into the world. Iowans saw an opportunity and seized it; the Iowa State Normal School – an institution created for and devoted to the training of teachers – was founded in 1876. ]True to its roots, UNI continues to emphasize hands-on service learning and retains the proud distinction of leading Iowa’s number-one teacher education program. Today’s UNI also offers more than 90 majors to choose from, giving students the opportunity to explore a variety of interests and prepare for success after college.
UNI offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges:
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education
- College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
- Graduate College
The department of Continuing and Distance Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and endorsements.
Accreditation & Licensing
University of Northern Iowa is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)