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About Upper Iowa University

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit corporation providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the classroom, online and via self-paced learning (both web and mail) to an average of about 5,000 students annually. UIU’s residential campus is located in Fayette, Iowa. We also have over 20 locations across the United States (Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin). UIU is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, flexible, quality programs online since 1999 and through distance learning since 1973. 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.

University President: William R. Duffy II

Board of Trustees Chair: Scott Lebin

University Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Number of Academic Schools: 3

Undergraduate Enrollment 2021 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 572
US center locations: 1,427
Online: 433
Self-Paced: 78
TOTAL: 2510

Graduate Enrollment 2021 (Fall Headcount)
Fayette Campus: 28
US center locations: 196
Online: 297
TOTAL: 521

Student Demographics
Women: 61%
Men: 39%
Students of color (Domestic students): 31%
Undergraduate students age 25+: 71%
Average age of full-time students (graduate & undergraduate): 34

Residential campuses: 1
US centers (excludes Fayette Campus): 23

Degree Programs
Associate degree programs offered: 4
Bachelor’s degree programs offered: 29
Master’s degree programs offered: 6

Degrees Awarded 2020-2021
Associate degree: 102
Bachelor’s degree: 1,084
Master’s degree: 263

Full-time faculty: 44
Part-time faculty: 299
Student-to-faculty ratio (university wide): 12:1

Retention Rate
First-time, full-time bachelor’s degree seeking students (IPEDS Fall 2021): 55%

Graduate Rate
2015 cohort as % of total entering students: 33%

Post-Graduation (Alumni Office Database)

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

Military Domestic Students: 16%

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Updated April, 2023