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About Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit school in an rural setting in Fayette, Iowa. Upper Iowa University was founded in 1857 and now enrolls around 3,610 students a year, including 3,077 undergrads.

Upper Iowa University offers housing for up to 740 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 72% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of Upper Iowa University's endowment was $18.161 million The institution spends around $4,408 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 11 undergraduate students for every full-time Upper Iowa University professor.

2021 Upper Iowa University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Average GPA 3.1
Tuition $31,950

2022 Upper Iowa University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Upper Iowa University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Upper Iowa University. Around 65% of applicants get into Upper Iowa University each year. Out of 1,098 applications received in 2021, 717 students were offered admission.

Upper Iowa University Waitlist

Upper Iowa University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Upper Iowa University?

Upper Iowa University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Upper Iowa University, applicants must submit the following items.

Upper Iowa University Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
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GPA and Test Scores for Upper Iowa University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.1 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Upper Iowa University.

Does Upper Iowa University Require Test Scores?

Upper Iowa University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 23% submitted the SAT. 62% submitted the ACT.

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Does Upper Iowa University Offer Student Housing?

Yes! Upper Iowa University provides on-campus housing for up to 740 students.

Upper Iowa University students are active in the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Peacock Alumni for Student Traditions and UIU Science and Environment Club. Winter Formal, Homecoming, and and Backyard BBQ are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Upper Iowa University.

Financial Aid at Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University meets 60.37% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $23,165 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Upper Iowa University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Upper Iowa University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Upper Iowa University, around 74% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 331 students who started at Upper Iowa University as first-time freshman, 66 graduate within four years.

Around 25% of students who started at Upper Iowa University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 75% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $40,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,561 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Upper Iowa University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Upper Iowa University a good school for you?

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Where is Upper Iowa University?

Upper Iowa University is located in the rural setting of Fayette, Iowa, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago.

If you want to see Upper Iowa University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 150 to Fayette, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Eastern Iowa.

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College Info

605 Washington Street, Box 1857 Fayette, IA 52142-1857

Campus Setting: Rural

Upper Iowa University Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Upper Iowa University is Continuous processing.

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Upper Iowa University ACT Scores


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Wondering what life at Upper Iowa University is like? There are approximately 3,610 students enrolled at Upper Iowa University, including 3,077 undergraduate students and 533 graduate students. 51% percent of students attend school full-time, 36% percent are from IA and 64% percent of students are from other states.


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