University of Northern Iowa (UNI)

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University of Northern Iowa can be found in Cedar Falls, IA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around twelve thousand students enrolled each year at UNI.

Most of the students that got into this school got an SAT score within the range of 980 - 1241, or got accepted with an ACT score between 20 - 26. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UNI average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.38. About 80 percent of all students which applied were accepted at University of Northern Iowa, and from those that were granted acceptance around 39 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected UNI acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 75%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UNI Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Northern Iowa was reported as 79.0% in Fall 2020 with over 4,700 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UNI ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • UNI Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Northern Iowa?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of UNI is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for UNI has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 82.6%
  • 2017-2018: 80.8%
  • 2018-2019: 80.7%
  • 2019-2020: 79.0%
  • Projected UNI Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 74.7%

How Does UNI Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of Northern Iowa is thirty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Wisconsin-Platteville84.8%
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse73.0%
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota92.0%
Winona State University67.9%
Minnesota State University-Mankato62.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UNI (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 631
Math500 - 610
Total Score980 - 1241
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 25
Math18 - 26
Composite Score20 - 26
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