Upper Iowa University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a private institution with a main 100-acre campus in Fayette, Iowa. The institution has a large selection of 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.  The Upper Iowa University Peacocks play in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).


  • Total Enrollment: 4,659 (4,008 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male/61% Female
  • 52% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,685
  • Books: $1,560
  • Room and Board: $8,706
  • Other Expenses: $3,286
  • Total Cost: $45,237

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,828
    • Loans: $10,416

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Accounting

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer-out Rate: -%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 43%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Upper Iowa University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

  • Upper Iowa University Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 465/570
    • SAT Math: 470/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/23
    • ACT English: 16/22
    • ACT Math: 17/24

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Upper Iowa University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Upper Iowa University is currently out of your reach, you will be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Upper Iowa University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Liberty University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Upper Iowa University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to the Upper Iowa University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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