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GradReports has ranked Upper Iowa University among the 2021 best colleges for proven outcomes and salaries of 2020 graduates. Upper Iowa University is ranked 22nd in the nation for Best Online Psychology Bachelor’s Degrees and 8th in Iowa for Best Bachelor’s Degrees. GradReports compared the salaries of over 4.6 million college graduates to determine salary scores for more than 885 college degrees, then used the scores to rank the 2021 best colleges.

“For more than 160 years, UIU graduates have achieved an exceptional education and the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career,” Dr. Doug Binsfeld, UIU vice president for academic affairs, said. “Our teaching modalities are virtually interchangeable and offered at an affordable price. The University ensures consistent academic quality whether classes are taught on Campus, at UIU centers, online or through our self-paced degree program.”

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s college scorecard, GradReports’ salary score is based on median alumni earnings in the year after graduating. The score compares the median alumni salary for a specific program at one school to the median alumni salary for the same program at other schools, allowing prospective students to see which schools offer top earnings for that program. Each school then receives an overall salary score by degree level to illustrate colleges that prepare students for a high paying career regardless of major. This overall score is based on how well the school performs across all the programs it offers, weighted by student enrollment in each program.

Students can use GradReports’ Salary Score search tool to explore over 2,200 school profiles and compare how schools stack up in terms of post-graduate salaries, both overall and by major. Additionally, GradReports includes pertinent takeaways from the data, such as how public, private, and for-profit schools compare in terms of salary scores; which states produce the best salary scores; and how their rankings and methodology compare to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

GradReports is a product of Optimal, a leading higher education researcher and publisher. Optimal uses data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education. In addition to providing comprehensive resources, Optimal gives away over $250,000 of its profit annually in needs-based scholarships.

A private, nonprofit university, UIU provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 4,500 students at 21 U.S. education locations, including its main campus in Fayette, Iowa. 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 percent of graduates are employed or continuing their education shortly after commencement. (2020 Graduate Survey/Application, 1088 responses).

For additional information about Upper Iowa University, visit uiu.edu or call its Fayette Campus at 563.425.5281.