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About Upper Iowa University

 Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to roughly 5,000 students-nationally and internationally-at its Fayette, Iowa, Campus, and education centers through the U.S. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, affordable, and quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree programs. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age.

UIU At a Glance

Note: Unless specifically stated otherwise, data provided are for the entire University as of the official Census Day. Source of data: IPEDs, UIU’s offices –  Alumni, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness, and Registrar.

President: Kathy Franken

Board of Trustees Chair: Scott Lebin

University Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Number of Academic Schools: 3

Enrollment (12-month, July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)
Undergraduate Students: 5,295
Graduate Students: 1,433
TOTAL: 6,728

Undergraduate Enrollment 2022 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 552
US center locations: 1,351
Online: 349
Self-Paced: 211
TOTAL: 2,463

Graduate Enrollment 2022 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 35
US center locations: 182
Online: 392
TOTAL: 609

Student Demographics
Women: 59%
Men: 41%
Students of color (Domestic students): 31%
Undergraduate students age 25+: 60%
Average age of full-time students (graduate & undergraduate): 29

Residential campuses: 1
US centers (excludes Fayette Campus): 23

Degree Programs
Associate degree programs offered: 4
Bachelor’s degree programs offered: 29
Master’s degree programs offered: 6

Degrees Awarded 2021-2022
Associate degree: 79
Bachelor’s degree: 1,004
Master’s degree: 232

Full-time faculty: 56
Part-time faculty: 217
Student-to-faculty ratio (university wide): 13:1

Retention Rate
First-time, full-time bachelor’s degree seeking students (IPEDS Fall 2022): 57%

Graduate Rate
6-year graduation rate: 42%

Post-Graduation (Alumni Office Database)

UIU graduates employed or continuing their education within 12 months of graduation [Source: 2022 Graduate Survey/Application]: 95.8%

Military Domestic Students: 15%

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Updated May 22, 2023