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University of Northern Iowa: Narrative Description


1227 West 27th St.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Tel: (319)273-2311
Free: 800-772-2037
Admissions: (319)273-2701
Fax: (319)273-2885
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 916-acre small town campus. Endowment: $46.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9947 per student. Total enrollment: 12,927. Faculty: 784 (649 full-time, 135 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 4,216 applied, 80% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 9,989 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,277 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 58 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 9% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Iowa Regents' Universities Student Exchange, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, rank in upper 50% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4702 full-time, $196 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,020 full-time, $501 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $685 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5261. College room only: $2431. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 185 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: American Marketing Association, Public Relations Student Society, Iowa State Education Association, United Students of Iowa, Golden Key. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,921 college housing spaces available; 3,816 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Rod Library with 1.2 million books, 1.1 million microform titles, 6,814 serials, 28,342 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.8 million. 1,900 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Cedar Falls is an active industrial community on the Cedar River, situated in northeast Iowa. Along with nearby Waterloo, the area population is well over 100,000. All forms of commercial transportation are available. Recreational facilities include many parks, Cedar River for fishing and boating, and two public golf courses. Part-time work is available.

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