Founded in 1857 in Fayette, Iowa, Upper Iowa University is now worldwide and offers classes on campus, online and in communities near you.

About UIU

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study.

From our Fayette Campus to our U.S. Centers, our International Centers to our Military Centers, UIU has the people in place to help you succeed.

Through our student success stories, you’ll learn how others have benefited from a UIU education—and you’ll begin to understand the significant advantages a UIU education can bring to your life, and ultimately to the lives of your family members.

Learn more about UIU through our fast facts. If you have more specific questions, our directory will help you find the people who have the answers.

Interested in working at UIU? We offer many employment opportunities.

In three minutes you'll learn why Upper Iowa has a learning options to fit your lifestyle, no matter where in the world you live. UIU provides YOU with a chance to get your degree in a classroom, from your living room or while serving your country. 

Upper Iowa University’s flexibility makes it the perfect fit for any learner. Check out this brief video to see how you can earn your degree – your way.

At UIU you can graduate taking two or three classes per term. That means less stress and you can focus better.

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Barbara (Rankin) Csomay graduated with a teaching degree from Upper Iowa in 1946. Her teaching career began in Fayette on an Emergency Teaching Permit during World War II. She also taught in Heidelberg, Germany; Garner, Iowa, and Parma, Ohio. In 2010, Barbara returned to the University to present a commitment of $847,000 toward the creation of the Csomay Center for Honors on the Fayette campus and the Csomay Endowed Scholarship. The UIU alumna died at the age of 90 in November 2015.

The first students to complete the Upper Iowa University Csomay Honors Program were officially recognized for academic excellence during the 2016 Commencement ceremonies. The award recipients ¬(pictured) were Sydney Cyzon, DePere, Wis.; William Kenney, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Lucas Braun, Jesup, Iowa; Bradley Kuboushek, Calmar, Iowa, and Dustin Osier, Greene, Iowa.