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The Bridge to Success program provides an alternative first-year path for students who have the desire and determination to succeed, but do not yet have a preferred GPA (1.9/4.0) and ACT score (16). You begin the program taking Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) classes at Upper Iowa University (UIU) and living at UIU’s beautiful Fayette Campus. Once you successfully complete 24 credits with NICC, you will transition to full admission at UIU. Throughout the program, you benefit from strong academic and support systems from both institutions.

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Course Schedule Example

From the moment we first meet you, our staff and faculty are here to help you along the path to achieving success.

Fall Semester, Year One

  • College Composition I
  • College Experience
  • Public Speaking
  • Environmental Science

Spring Semester, Year One

  • College Composition II
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity & Identity

Academic Resources

  • Students receive exceptional services from NICC and UIU during the respective parts of the program.
  • Writing and tutoring assistance is available through UIU throughout the program.
  • Regular check-ins from helpful staff.
  • Faculty who have real-world experience in the fields they teach.
  • Your course faculty are available before and after class.


As all program classes are held at UIU’s Fayette Campus, Bridge to Success program students live at UIU’s Fayette Campus and enjoy all of the benefits of campus life. Housing amenities include free laundry, cable TV and WiFi. Most housing is centrally located near classes, dining services and the UIU Recreation Center.

Campus Life

You will have equal access to all of the same Recreation Center, events, club sports, intramurals, clubs, organizations, outdoor activities, and organized transportation to professional sporting events, concerts, and other events and activities that all Fayette Campus students enjoy. UIU students also enjoy free golf at nearby Big Rock Country Club. Fayette Campus offers two eating options: The Servery featuring brick-oven pizza, grill food, a large salad bar, expanded deli, the region’s first Mongolian grill on a college campus, and daily specials; The Café offers various items for sale and a menu of grill and other items.


Students are responsible for their day-to-day transportation needs. However, a free shuttle is available to students at breaks. This shuttle goes to the Coralville Transit Facility, Iowa City Bus Station, Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), and Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) as needed. Upon request, a return shuttle picks students up from these locations and brings them back to UIU’s Fayette Campus. More information may be found here.

Program Costs

As both institutions are affordable in comparison to their peers, you will earn a great degree with less debt. Program participants will also have their UIU Housing deposit waived.

  • NICC: Bridge to Success students pay $220/credit, totaling $5280 for the first year of college (plus books).
  • UIU: One of Iowa’s most affordable private, nonprofit universities. A Garbee Hall double room is $3399 for the year, and a Peacock Platinum meal plan (all meals served, $300 in Dining Dollars, 10 guest meals) is available for an annual cost of $4845. Students who successfully complete the program and enroll at UIU are automatically eligible for a special $15,000 Bridge to Success Scholarship.


All students in this program start in Fall Semester and take classes together in their first year. Inquiries are welcome at any time.