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Upper Iowa University: Narrative Description


605 Washington St., Box 1857
Fayette, IA 52142-1857
Tel: (563)425-5200; 800-553-4150; Admissions: (563)425-5281; Fax: (563)425-5277; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees (also offers continuing education program with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1857. Setting: 80-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 840. Faculty: 65 (57 full-time, 8 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 853 applied, 56% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 5 valedictorians. full-time: 627 students, 36% women, 64% men. Part-time: 56 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 7 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 15% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 70% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 65% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; education. Core. Calendar: 4 8-week terms. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $21,828 includes full-time tuition ($16,556) and college room and board ($5272). College room only: $2188. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $550 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 30% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: outdoor pursuits, Sigma Delta Phi, Alpha Nu Omega, Psychology Club, Campus Events Council. Major annual events: Greek Week, Homecoming, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 500 college housing spaces available; 288 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Henderson Wilder Library with 64,043 books, 9,501 microform titles, 3,241 serials, 4,031 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 75 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Fayette (population 1,500) is a rural area in northeastern Iowa, 50 miles from the Mississippi River. Community facilities include five churches and hospital service in the county seat 8 miles away. The city has a Chamber of Commerce and other civic and fraternal organizations. Part-time work is available for students and families. Outdoor sports include hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, and golf.

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