UIU Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Rankings 

Jan 15, 2019 - The online undergraduate programs at Upper Iowa University are once again ranked among the top online bachelor degree programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. To determine the 2019 rankings, schools were evaluated on their scores for student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinions of high-ranking peer academic officials.

Jan 15, 2019 - The online undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University is once again ranked among the best online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report

Jan 9, 2018 - The online undergraduate programs at Upper Iowa University are ranked highest in Iowa by U.S. News & World Report. UIU’s online bachelor’s program was ranked in the top 30 percent of online bachelor degree programs nationwide.

Jan 9, 2018 - The online undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University is once again ranked among the best online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. To ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top half of schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Online Programs rankings.

Jan 10, 2017 - The online undergraduate programs at Upper Iowa University have been ranked for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. The UIU online bachelor’s programs are ranked near the top third of online bachelor degree programs nationwide.

Jan 12, 2016 -  The online undergraduate programs at Upper Iowa University have been ranked for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News published the latest UIU ranking among its “2016 Best Online Programs.” The UIU online bachelor’s programs are ranked in the top half of online bachelor degree programs nationwide.

Military-Friendly/Veterans Programs/ Champ

Jan 22, 2019 - Upper Iowa University announces that it has been named a Military Friendly® Top 10 Gold School Award recipient in the private university, not offering a doctorate, category for 2019-20 by VIQTORY (formerly Victory Media).

Jan 15, 2019 -  The online undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University is once again ranked among the best online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report

Oct 22, 2018 - Upper Iowa University has once again been named a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times. The Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings are based on the results of the Military Times’ annual survey as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies.

Jan 9, 2018 - The online undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University is once again ranked among the best online programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. To ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top half of schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Online Programs rankings.

Jan 4, 2018 - Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) once again awards Upper Iowa University the designation of a “Top School” in its 2018 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities.  

Dec 15, 2017 - Upper Iowa University announces that it has been named a Military Friendly® Top 10 Gold School Award recipient for 2018.

Nov 20, 2017 - Upper Iowa University has once again been named a Best College by Military Times. The Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets, factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey.

March 1, 2017 - SR Education Group recognizes Upper Iowa University as a Top Military-Friendly College for online programming.

Dec 5, 2016 - Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) once again awards Upper Iowa University the designation of a “Top School” in its 2017 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.  

Nov 1, 2016 - Upper Iowa University is named the top college in the nation for serving veterans. According to Military Times, UIU ranks first among colleges and universities providing online and nontraditional programming to former and current military personnel.

March 24, 2016 - Chad Cook, UIU director of Military and Veteran Services, announces that Upper Iowa is among 30 schools nationwide to be newly named to the PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) network. Headquartered at University of Michigan Medical School, PAVE is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they face, refer them to appropriate resources on or off campus, and provide additional ongoing support. 

STEM Jobs 

May 29, 2015 - Upper Iowa is designated a STEM Jobs Approved College. More than 1,600 schools participated in the STEM Approved Colleges application process and UIU was only one of six Iowa schools selected to the inaugural list. 

January 21, 2015 - UIU is named a 2015 STEM Jobs(SM) Approved College by Victory Media recognizing the university’s STEM programs and preparation of students for jobs in science, technology and math after graduation.


Affordability/Best Buy/Best Value 

August 2, 2019 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top schools in Iowa for online RN to BSN nursing programming. UIU is ranked 5th in the state by TopRNtoBSN, a leading online information source for current and prospective nursing students. 

July 18, 2019 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top 10 schools in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s in Software Engineering Degree Program. UIU is ranked 9th overall by TheBestSchools.org, an organizational member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and American Council on Education (ACE).

July 17, 2019 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top 15 schools in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance. UIU is ranked 11th overall by Successful Student, a leading online authority on college rankings and degree rankings, considered from a students’ point of view. 

June 1, 2019 - Value Colleges announces that Upper Iowa University has been ranked #5 in its ranking of the Top 15 Best Online Graphic Design Bachelor's for 2019. 

January 17, 2019 - Upper Iowa University has been recognized for offering the Top Online MBA Program in Iowa by Online MBA Report. The website evaluated over 300 online MBA programs nationwide in their rankings. The criteria used in creating the rankings included academic reputation, value related to tuition, relative MBA program enrollment, admissions selectivity, and program quality and rigor.

July 18, 2018 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top 25 schools in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services. UIU's online health services administration program is ranked 23rd overall by TheBestSchools.org.

Oct 4, 2017 - Upper Iowa University announces it has been named the Best Online College in Iowa by TheBestSchools.org. A leading education resource, TheBestSchools.org reported its rankings were based on the quality of educational programs, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

Sept 19, 2017 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top schools in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science for 2017. UIU is ranked 30th overall by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.

Aug 16, 2017 - Upper Iowa University is ranked 18th by College Choice for Best Online Bachelor's in Graphic Design.

July 17, 2017 - College Choice ranks Upper Iowa University 29th in the nation for the Best RN to BSN Online program.

July 10, 2017 - Upper Iowa University is recognized by Money magazine as one of the "best colleges for your money" in the United States.

June 5, 2017 - Upper Iowa University is ranked 12th in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees for Accounting for 2017 by College Choice.

March 2, 2017 - Upper Iowa University is named the best regionally accredited online school in Iowa by Collegestart.org. The rankings were based on graduation rate, tuition cost, acceptance rate, enrollment rate, retention rate, student-faculty ratio, percentage of students receiving financial aid and the loan default rate. 

Feb 27, 2107 - Nonprofit Colleges Online ranks Upper Iowa University 17th for offering students the best value for a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. 

Feb. 24, 2017 - SR Education Group ranks UIU 10th among the top universities to earn an MBA online.

Feb 15, 2017 - SR Education Group ranks UIU 14th in its ranking of the top value online colleges for software engineering degrees.

Feb 15, 2017 - SR Education Group ranks UIU 10th among the top graduate schools in the nation. The ranking is based entirely on student feedback.

Feb 8, 2017 - Value Colleges announces that Upper Iowa University has been ranked at number 40 in its ranking of the Top 50 Best Value Online Bachelor's of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for 2017. 

Jan 31, 2017 - Nonprofit Colleges Online recognizes Upper Iowa University's online bachelor's degree programs in sociology, human resources and marketing with its 2017 Students Before Profit awards. Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked UIU’s online program in sociology, eighth, bachelor’s in human resources, 17th, and bachelor’s in marketing, 21st. The awards were created to recognize nonprofit colleges and universities offering degrees that put students before profits, and education before the bottom line.

Dec 14, 2016 - BestDegreePrograms.org ranks Upper Iowa University among its top 30 colleges for best online bachelor's in finance programs.

Aug 2, 2016 - Upper Iowa University is ranked among the top 25 colleges for adult education by Best College Reviews. Best College Reviews ranks UIU 24th and praises the University for providing adult learners global access to education. 

July 14, 2016 - Due to extremely high student satisfaction ratings, GraduatePrograms.com has ranked Upper Iowa University #9 among online MBA programs in the nation. The rankings represent the top-reviewed graduate schools by program, according to feedback from actual graduates. The graduate school rankings were entirely based on the insights of students from over 1,700 schools.

June 18, 2016 - ValueColleges ranked Upper Iowa University as the 37th best value in online MPA programming in the nation. UIU was the only Iowa university to be ranked in the top 50. 

Jan 8, 2016 - Upper Iowa University’s online art program is ranked second in the nation by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online).