Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private university of higher education located in Fayette, Iowa. It was founded in 1857 by Elizabeth and Robert Alexander who, together with their son-in-law Samuel Robertson, donated cash and land to build the college. Initially a male-dominated school, most of its students enlisted in the civil war in 1860 and in the two world wars. After WW-II, several students took advantage of the G.I. Bill to complete their education resulting in a sharp rise in student enrollment.
Today, UIU remains committed to its mission to provide excellent educational opportunities to students everywhere via good quality academic programs delivered through a wide range of learning modalities. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, UIU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs both on campus and online. Academically, it maintains four academic divisions; namely, Division of Business; Division of Education and Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Division of Liberal Arts; and Division of Science and Mathematics.
UIU is also a nationally recognized leader in distance education through its online learning program and its academic extension program both of which allow students to study outside the traditional classroom setting and complete their degrees in the comfort of their home or workplace wherever they are.
Online programs offered by UIU include 17 majors in post-secondary degrees; five certificate programs and three master’s degree programs including a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA); Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration (MHEA).
Tuition cost for on-campus undergraduate students is US$22,350 a year and for graduate students, US$399 per credit hour. Those enrolled in online courses are charged US$333 per credit hour. Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.