Rankings and honors
Ranking amount the top midwest public universities, the University of Northern Iowa has been recognized for its many achievements in preparing graduates to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought and contribute to society.
#1 in Iowa based on affordability and high-quality distance education offerings
The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked No. 1 among Iowa universities in 2015-16 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org for an exceptional collection of high-quality, flexible distance learning options at a very affordable price.
Best online Master's in Education degrees -- #13 in the nationCombining the same academic rigor as campus-based programs with the flexibility of the online learning, makes University of Northern Iowa's master's in education programs among the best in the country. According to Teach Tomorrow, the award-winning faculty, great resources and flexibility of our programs puts us at No. 13 in the nation for 2015.
Master’s in teaching programs are designed to provide advanced, practical training for hands-on teachers. Deepening the understanding of the profession, UNI’s master's in education programs recently ranked third in GoGrad’s Online Master’s in Teaching degree for 2018.
Top ranked online college in Iowa
Best Bang for the Buck -- 27th in the MidwestThe Washington Monthly College Guide ranks the University of Northern Iowa 27th in the Midwest category for America's Best Bang for the Buck Colleges 2015. UNI is also ranked 50th on their College Guide Rankings 2015 list of master's universities.
Top Online Master’s in Elementary Education
Top-ranked and most affordable online master's in library science degree programs -- #19 in the nation
Providing quality education that leads to job opportunity and advancement, the University of Northern Iowa's School Library Studies MA program is among the best in the country when ranked on affordability. According to BestMastersDegrees.com, the quality education and affordability of this program is ranked 13th in the nation for 2016.
Top online Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development degree
2nd in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest category)Recognized as one of the highest-ranked, regional universities (Midwest category), University of Northern Iowa received this distinction for 2017. UNI also was 18th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities.
Top 100 Best-Value Public CollegesRanked on competitiveness, graduation rates, academic support, cost and financial aid, and student indebtedness, UNI has earned a spot in Kiplinger's Best College Values list for 2016.
A Military-Friendly university
In 2016, UNI was recognized as a Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education, a Best for Vets college by Military Times in 2016 and a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine in 2015.
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