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Upper Iowa University, an award-winning, military-friendly university founded in 1857 with multiple education locations at military installations, is now offering courses at the U.S. Naval Air Station (NAS) in Meridian, Mississippi. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration and either an accounting or supply chain management emphasis. A Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting is also available.

UIU President William R. Duffy II

“We’re extremely proud and excited to partner with Naval Air Station Meridian and the United States Navy to offer classes at our newest course location beginning in August,” UIU President Dr. William R. Duffy II said. “This is the seventh UIU center or course location that supports our nation’s service men and women, veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and the total military family.”

Many UIU students blend their degree plan by taking face-to-face, online and self-paced courses. All majors utilize a unique, flexible course schedule. Each academic year consists of five 8-week sessions and one accelerated 6-week summer session. UIU undergraduate students typically take two to three classes at a time, while graduate students enroll in one class at a time. To further inspire success and empower lives, UIU provides evening classes, expert faculty, and supportive staff that students need to advance their career while still tending to family, job and other day-to-day responsibilities. Credits may also be earned through an individual’s work experience (e.g. military training captured on joint service transcripts), various college examinations and CLEP/DSST.

UIU has competitive tuition and highly skilled professionals to help students understand and make the most of financial aid. The UIU Military Family Grant extends the University’s $250 per credit hour tuition rate for undergraduate courses to the spouses and dependents of active duty servicemembers for undergraduate classes. UIU accepts tuition assistance, veteran’s educational benefits, scholarships and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts. UIU also offers annual Military Spouse Scholarships, a Patriot Grant for all veterans and active DOD card holders, and tuition grants through UIU’s Corporate Advantage Partnership program to eligible employees of participating companies.

Dr. Elizabeth Harmon Threatt, center director of the UIU NAS branch campus

 “UIU is honored to be one of the most proven military- and veteran-friendly universities in the country,” Dr. Elizabeth Harmon Threatt, center director of the UIU NAS branch campus, said. “UIU continues to be accessible no matter where our service member families are. Whether at home, at a military installation, in the field or out at sea, service members and their families have the opportunity to achieve a high-quality education whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them.”

 An Education Built for Life
Since its inception in 1857, UIU’s unwavering commitment to accessible higher education and lifelong learning ensures that current and future UIU students are provided with the skills they need to be successful in the classroom, career and life. A private, nonprofit university, UIU provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 4,500 students nationally and internationally–at its main Fayette, Iowa, campus and over 20 U.S. locations.

With a Universitywide 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the UIU experience helps inspire students to reach their full potential. This kind of hands-on learning is a key reason why 94% of UIU graduates are employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation [Source: 2019-20 Graduate Survey/Application, 1158 responses].

A participating institution in the Principles of Excellence and Yellow Ribbon programs, UIU has been named a top Military-Friendly School or University by VIQTORY, Military Advanced Education and G.I. Jobs on multiple occasions. Online undergraduate and graduate programs at UIU have also been ranked among the best online programs for veterans and service members by U.S. News & World Report.

To learn more about Upper Iowa University face-to-face, online and self-paced courses available at NAS Meridian, visit uiu.edu/meridian, email Harmon Threatt at [email protected], or call 800-553-4150, ext. 3901.