UNI Fact Sheet

This guide provides quick, factual information about UNI. For more detailed information and a discussion of the sources, you may wish to consult "Sources of Information about UNI," a library user's guide available in the distribution rack near the Reference Desk and as a Web document.


Institutional Names

UNI is a statutory rather than a chartered institution. For the legislation that established UNI, see Iowa Acts and Joint Resolutions Ref K 345.12 I65 v. 16 1876.

  • 1876-1909 Iowa State Normal School (first day of school was Wednesday, September 6, 1876)
  • 1909-1961 Iowa State Teachers College (name changed on Thursday, July 1, 1909)
  • 1961-1967 State College of Iowa (name changed on Tuesday, July 4, 1961)
  • 1967-present University of Northern Iowa (name changed on Saturday, July 1, 1967)

Presidents

UNI has had eleven chief executive officers. Click on a name to be linked to a brief biographical sketch.


Size of Campus

Approximately 900 acres


Faculty and Staff--Fall 2016

  •     Faculty and Institutional Officers: 639
  •     Professional & Scientific Staff:  652
  •     Merit and Other:  525

Does not include some temporary and second appointments


Student Demographic Data--Fall 2016*

  • 11,905 students
  • 10,104 undergraduates; 1801 graduates
  • 11,896 (91%) Iowa residents
  • 7,043 women; 4,862 men
  • 330 African-American; 427 Hispanic; 141 Asian; 33 Native Americans; 9 Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders; 215 other

* Includes international students


Tuition and Fees--Resident Undergraduate

From 1876 through 1882 tuition was free to all students intending to teach in Iowa. The figures below do not reflect boarding expenses.  

  • 1876-1882 = Free
  • 1883-1895 = $10 per year
  • 1896-1923 = $5 per term
  • 1924-1929 = $9 per term
  • 1930-1931 = $20 per term (Freshman & Sophomore), $30 per term (Junior & Senior)
  • 1932-1934 = $25 per term (Freshman & Sophomore), $32 per term (Junior & Senior)
  • 1935-1946 = $26 per term (Freshman & Sophomore), $32 per term (Junior & Senior)
  • 1947 = $32 per quarter
  • 1948-1949 = $33 per quarter
  • 1950 = $35 per quarter
  • 1951 = $36 per quarter
  • 1952-1954 = $40 per quarter
  • 1955-1956 = $53 per quarter
  • 1957 = $80 per semester
  • 1958-1959 = $100 per semester
  • 1960 = $110 per semester
  • 1961-1962 = $123 per semester
  • 1963 = $126 per semester
  • 1964 = $146 per semester
  • 1965 = $156 per semester 
  • 1966-1967 = $171 per semester
  • 1968 = $186 per semester
  • 1970-1975 = $300 per semester
  • 1976 = $315 per semester
  • 1978 = $347 per semester
  • 1979-1980 = $387 per semester
  • 1981 = $450 per semester
  • 1982 = $492 per semester
  • 1983 = $525 per semester
  • 1984 = $592 per semester
  • 1985 = $621 per semester
  • 1986 = $682 per semester
  • 1987 = $774 per semester
  • 1988 = $845 per semester
  • 1989 = $905 per semester
  • 1990 = $940 per semester
  • 1991 = $976 per semester
  • 1992 = $1044 per semester
  • 1993 = $1096 per semester
  • 1994 = $1146 per semester
  • 1995 = $1193 per semester
  • 1996 = $1235 per semester
  • 1997 = $1283 per semester
  • 1998 = $1333 per semester
  • 1999 = $1393 per semester
  • 2000 = $1453 per semester
  • 2001 = $1558 per semester
  • 2002 = $1846 per semester
  • 2003 = $2458 per semester
  • 2004 = $2693 per semester
  • 2005 = $2801 per semester
  • 2006 = $3056 per semester
  • 2007 = $3095 per semester
  • 2008 = $3188 per semester
  • 2009 = $3318 per semester
  • 2010 = $3504 per semester
  • 2011 = $3675 per semester
  • 2012 = $3817.50 per semester
  • 2013 = $3842.50 per semester
  • 2014 = $3874.50 per semester
  • 2015 = $3908 per semester
  • 2016 = $4154 per semester
  • 2017 = $4329 per semester

Alumni - Fall 2016

Total living alumni:  114,716


Degrees Awarded - 2015/2016

  • Baccalaureate (Bachelor's):  2,166
  • Master's:  503
  • Specialist:  9
  • Doctorate:  14
  • Total:  2,692

Buildings

See Building Histories page


Enrollment---Fall Term

  • 1876 . . . . . . 88
  • 1877 . . . . . 170
  • 1878 . . . . . 170
  • 1879 . . . . . 210
  • 1880 . . . . . 233
  • 1881 . . . . . 250
  • 1882 . . . . . 226
  • 1883 . . . . . 210
  • 1884 . . . . . 284
  • 1885 . . . . . 277
  • 1886 . . . . . 297
  • 1887 . . . . . 302
  • 1888 . . . . . 322
  • 1889 . . . . . 436
  • 1890 . . . . . 529
  • 1891 . . . . . 528
  • 1892 . . . . . 503
  • 1893 . . . . . 479
  • 1894 . . . . . 619
  • 1895 . . . . . 721
  • 1896 . . . . . 757
  • 1897 . . . . . 861
  • 1898 . . . . . 921
  • 1899 . . . . . 906
  • 1900 . . . . . 911
  • 1901 . . . . . 873
  • 1902 . . . . . 868
  • 1903 . . . . . 857
  • 1904. . . . . .812
  • 1905 . . . . . 905
  • 1906 . . . . . 981
  • 1907 . . . . .1013
  • 1908 . . . . . 995
  • 1909 . . . . .1070
  • 1910 . . . . .1108
  • 1911 . . . . .1094
  • 1912 . . . . .1202
  • 1913 . . . . .1297
  • 1914 . . . . .1406
  • 1915 . . . . .1741
  • 1916 . . . . .1680
  • 1917 . . . . .1387
  • 1918 . . . . .1125
  • 1919 . . . . .1423
  • 1920 . . . . .1402
  • 1921 . . . . .1644
  • 1922 . . . . .2130
  • 1923 . . . . .2565
  • 1924 . . . . .2648
  • 1925 . . . . .2642
  • 1926 . . . . .2443
  • 1927 . . . . .2304
  • 1928 . . . . .2094
  • 1929 . . . . .2227
  • 1930 . . . . .2169
  • 1931 . . . . .2049
  • 1932 . . . . .1562
  • 1933 . . . . .1472
  • 1934 . . . . .1543
  • 1935 . . . . .1771
  • 1936 . . . . .1872
  • 1937 . . . . .1863
  • 1938 . . . . .1926
  • 1939 . . . . .1901
  • 1940 . . . . .1745
  • 1941 . . . . .1502
  • 1942 . . . . .1381
  • 1943 . . . . . 820
  • 1944 . . . . . 898
  • 1945 . . . . .1233
  • 1946 . . . . .2475
  • 1947 . . . . .2846
  • 1948 . . . . .3083
  • 1949 . . . . .2949
  • 1950 . . . . .2688
  • 1951 . . . . .2352
  • 1952 . . . . .2239
  • 1953 . . . . .2231
  • 1954 . . . . .2676
  • 1955 . . . . .3045
  • 1956 . . . . .3195
  • 1957 . . . . .3210
  • 1958 . . . . .3482
  • 1959 . . . . .3428
  • 1960 . . . . .3616
  • 1961 . . . . .4070
  • 1962 . . . . .4567
  • 1963 . . . . .5147
  • 1964 . . . . .5520
  • 1965 . . . . .6419
  • 1966 . . . . .7409
  • 1967 . . . . .8213
  • 1968 . . . . .9058
  • 1969 . . . . .9494
  • 1970 . . . . .9723
  • 1971 . . . . .9605 on campus; 10546 total enrolled for credit
  • 1972 . . . . .8845 on campus; 9846 total enrolled for credit
  • 1973 . . . . .8858 on campus; 9587 total enrolled for credit
  • 1974 . . . . .8690 on campus; 9944 total enrolled for credit
  • 1975 . . . . .9287 on campus; 10181 total enrolled for credit
  • 1976 . . . . .9699 on campus; 10537 total enrolled for credit
  • 1977 . . . . 10342 on campus; 11126 total enrolled for credit
  • 1978 . . . . 10455 on campus; 11638 total enrolled for credit
  • 1979 . . . . 10382 on campus; 11916 total enrolled for credit
  • 1980 . . . . 11020 on campus; 12448 total enrolled for credit
  • 1981 . . . . 10954
  • 1982 . . . . 10988
  • 1983 . . . . 11204
  • 1984 . . . . 11161
  • 1985 . . . . 11514
  • 1986 . . . . 11540
  • 1987 . . . .
  • 1988 . . . . 11772
  • 1989 . . . . 11645
  • 1990 . . . . 12638
  • 1991 . . . . 13163
  • 1992 . . . . 13045
  • 1993 . . . . 12717
  • 1994 . . . . 12572
  • 1995 . . . . 12802
  • 1996 . . . . 12957
  • 1997 . . . . 13108
  • 1998 . . . . 13329
  • 1999 . . . . 13553
  • 2000 . . . . 13774
  • 2001 . . . . 14070
  • 2002 . . . . 13926
  • 2003 . . . . 13441
  • 2004 . . . . 12824
  • 2005 . . . . 12513
  • 2006 . . . . 12260
  • 2007 . . . . 12609
  • 2008 . . . . 12908
  • 2009 . . . . 13080
  • 2010 . . . . 13201
  • 2011 . . . . 13168
  • 2012 . . . . 12273
  • 2013 . . . . 12159
  • 2014 . . . . 11928
  • 2015 . . . . 11981
  • 2016 . . . . 11905
  • 2017 . . . . 11907

Peer Institutions

  • Northern Arizona University
  • California State University at Fresno
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ohio University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
Compiler: 

Maintained by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson;  updated February 6, 2015 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017.