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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 21 education locations across the United States (Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin), as well as a location in Hong Kong. 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: Dennis Murdock

University Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Number of Academic Schools: 3

Undergraduate Enrollment 2019 (Fall Headcount)

Fayette Campus: 968
US center locations: 1705
Online: 1369
International (Hong Kong): 148
Self-Paced: 120
TOTAL: 4,310

Graduate Enrollment 2019 (Fall Headcount)

Fayette Campus: 23
US center locations: 199
Online: 386
TOTAL: 608

Student Demographics

Women: 62%
Men: 38%
Students of color (Domestic students): 30%
Undergraduate students age 25+: 62%
Average age of full-time students (graduate & undergraduate): 33


Residential campuses: 1
US centers (excludes Fayette Campus): 21
International center: 1

Degree Programs

Associate degree programs offered: 4
Bachelor’s degree programs offered: 45
Master’s degree programs offered: 5

Degrees Awarded 2018-2019

Associate degree: 131
Bachelor’s degree: 1096
Master’s degree: 283


Full-time faculty: 74
Part-time faculty: 530
Student-to-faculty ratio (university wide): 12:1

Retention Rate

First-time, full-time bachelor’s degrees seeking students (IPEDS Fall 2019): 60%

Graduate Rate

2013 cohort as % of total entering students: 47%

Post-Graduation (Alumni Office Database)

UIU graduates employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation [Source: 2019 Graduate Survey/Application, 1277 responses]: 94%

Alumni Worldwide: 43,585

Military Domestic Students: 16%

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Updated March 24, 2020