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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 5,500 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: 1

Enrollment (12-month, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)
Undergraduate Students: 4,377
Graduate Students: 1,362
TOTAL: 5,739

Undergraduate Enrollment 2023 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 523
US center locations: 1013
Online: 514
Self-Paced: 474
TOTAL: 2,524

Graduate Enrollment 2023 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 24
US center locations: 130
Online: 444
TOTAL: 598

Student Demographics
Women: 58%
Men: 42%
Students of color (Domestic students): 26%
Undergraduate students age 25+: 64%
Average age of full-time students (graduate & undergraduate): 30

Residential campuses: 1
US centers (excludes Fayette Campus): 11

Degree Programs
Associate degree programs offered: 4
Bachelor’s degree programs offered: 46
Master’s degree programs offered: 6

Degrees Awarded 2022-2023
Associate degree: 54
Bachelor’s degree: 746
Master’s degree: 227

Full-time faculty: 35
Part-time faculty: 179
Student-to-faculty ratio (university wide): 22:1

Retention Rate
First-time, full-time bachelor’s degree seeking students (IPEDS Fall 2023): 59%

Graduate Rate
6-year graduation rate: 42%

Military Domestic Students: 18%

Post-Graduation (Alumni Office Database)

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

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Updated February, 2023