Upper Iowa University

605 Washington St, Fayette, IA 52142-1857

School Details

Established in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private institution located in rural northeastern Iowa, in the town of Fayette.  The idea of founding Upper Iowa University was that of a local pioneer woman named Elizabeth Alexander, who in 1894 obtained $10,000 from her husband, and $5,000 plus ten acres from her son in law and used these donations to create the university.     In January of 1857, the first classes began in what was then known as the “Fayette Seminary of the Upper Iowa Conference,” and was affiliated with the Methodist Church.  In 1858, the name of institution was changed to Upper Iowa University.  Upper Iowa University maintained its affiliation with the Methodist Church, until 1928 and then separated from the church and became an independent university.  Until the time of the separation, the Methodist Church had helped to maintain and support the university.  As result of the separation, the university broadened its curriculum and added academic advisors to assist with personalizing the education of its students.
The main campus of Upper Iowa University is situated on 100 acres in Fayette, Iowa.  Undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 40 majors are offered to the estimated 900 students that study at the main campus.  Students can receive an Associate of Arts Degree in general business and liberal arts, and Pre-professional advising is also available in a variety of areas.  The academic year at Upper Iowa is composed of six eight week terms.  Students take two classes per term, which allows them to focus more on the classes that they are taking, while still being able to complete their degree on time.  To view a complete list of academic majors and requirements, please visit the Upper Iowa University website.

In addition to the main campus, Upper Iowa University also has 15 distance education centers located across the country, as well as international educational centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.  The university makes it possible for active military members to receive an education by offering classes at Military Learning Centers as well as online and independent study classes and, offering flexibility in working with military students as the status of their duty is often likely to change.   Upper Iowa offers an online program that makes it easier for students that need a more flexible schedule to earn a degree, and offers 17 post-secondary degree program majors, three master’s degree program majors and five certificate programs.  The online program is internet based, and allows students to work on their own schedule.  Students participating in the online program can begin taking classes in any of the terms during the year.  An independent study program is also available, and offers 14 post-secondary degree program majors and five certificate programs.  Students participating in the Independent Study Program have up to six months to complete their courses and use text books, study guides and various other types of course material to complete their lessons and assignments which are then submitted electronically or by mail to the instructor.  Upper Iowa offers 100 courses to those participating in the independent study program.  Both the Online and Independent Study Programs are beneficial to students that are not available to study in the traditional classroom setting.
Undergraduate tuition at Upper Iowa University is $23,356 per year.  The annual cost of board ranges from $3,172-$4,274, and the room charges range from $2,850-$5,000, depending on location and occupancy.  Students attending Upper Iowa at one of its distance education centers or through the online and independent study programs can expect to pay $157-$348 per credit hour.  The cost of attending as a graduate student ranges from $365-$417 per hour.  Students interested in receiving financial aid should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form after January 1st.

There are many ways for students to have fun while be involved in campus life at Upper Iowa University. Fraternities and sororities as well as other clubs, organizations and intramural sports available to students that choose to join them.   The student life programs at Upper Iowa are a good opportunity for students to socialize and learn outside of the classroom.
Upper Iowa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Not applicable
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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