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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 (Arizona, 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: Dennis Murdock

University Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Number of Academic Schools: 3

Undergraduate Enrollment 2020 (Fall Headcount)

Fayette Campus: 617
US center locations: 1,898
Online: 454
International (Hong Kong): 91
Self-Paced: 51
TOTAL: 3,111

Graduate Enrollment 2020 (Fall Headcount)

Fayette Campus: 27
US center locations: 257
Online: 266
TOTAL: 550

Student Demographics

Women: 62%
Men: 38%
Students of color (Domestic students): 30%
Undergraduate students age 25+: 65%
Average age of full-time students (graduate & undergraduate): 29


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

Degree Programs

Associate degree programs offered: 4
Bachelor’s degree programs offered: 36
Master’s degree programs offered: 5

Degrees Awarded 2019-2020

Associate degree: 139
Bachelor’s degree: 1,006
Master’s degree: 275


Full-time faculty: 65
Part-time faculty: 395
Student-to-faculty ratio (university wide): 11:1

Retention Rate

First-time, full-time bachelor’s degrees seeking students (IPEDS Fall 2020): 74%

Graduate Rate

2014 cohort as % of total entering students: 27%

Post-Graduation (Alumni Office Database)

UIU graduates employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation [Source: 2020 Graduate Survey/Application]: 94.4%

Alumni Worldwide: 43,585

Military Domestic Students: 16%

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Updated January 12, 2021