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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.

Best Value Schools

Top Online College 2018

The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked as the No. 1 best online college in Iowa by Best Value Schools for 2018. UNI received this top honor through our “commitment to making distance learning more accessible and technologically innovative, while providing a quality education for undergraduate and graduate students.”

Teach Tomorrow

Best online Master's in Education degrees -- #13 in the nation 

Combining 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.

Guide to Online Schools

Best online Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree -- Top 20 in the nation 

Representing the best combination of tuition cost and academic strength, UNI recently ranked in the Top 20 “Best Online Colleges for Liberal Studies Degrees” by Guide to Online Schools.


Top Online Master’s in Teaching degrees -- #3 in the nation 

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.

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Best online college in Iowa

Based on institutional excellence, return on investment, and student satisfaction, College Choice has ranked UNI as the No. 1 “Best Iowa Online College” for 2017.

Washington Monthly College Guide

Best Bang for the Buck -- 27th in the Midwest

The 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

The Elementary Education MAE program was ranked #13 on TheBestColleges.org national list of Top Online Master's in Elementary Education programs for 2018.


Top Online Master’s in Secondary Education Program

Our Master of Arts in Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis program has been recognized as one of the best secondary education master's programs in the country for 2018 by BestColleges.com. The ranking highlights institutions who have developed exceptional academic online programs for students looking to advance their knowledge, skills, and career in secondary 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

The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development MA program was recently ranked #6 on the Best Online Master’s in Nonprofit Management Degree Programs by TheBestSchools.org.

Best online Master’s Reading Degree

UNI was recently featured as the #6 “Best Online Master’s in Reading Degree Programs” for 2018 by TheBestSchools.org. UNI received top honors based on the quality of program and range of courses provided to students from a distance.

Top online Bachelor in Liberal Studies Program

Our Bachelor of Liberal Studies program was recently honored as #9 on the “50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts Programs” list by TheBestSchools.org.

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.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

Top 100 Best-Value Public Colleges

Ranked 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. 

G.I. Jobs Magazine | Military Advanced Education | Military Times

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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