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University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

About UNI

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high quality and diverse educational experience, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs.

One of three state universities, UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards and possesses a distinctive mission of being the comprehensive state university for Iowa. U.S. News and World Report has continuously ranked UNI in the top two among Midwest public universities.

The university's attractive size, nearly 12,000 students, allows it to offer faculty, facilities and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. In addition to offering an exceptional undergraduate education, UNI provides a number of distinctive master's, specialist and doctoral programs. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres.

Experiential learning opportunities such as undergraduate research, internships, student teaching, international study programs, community service and cooperative education create a classroom connection with real-world experience. A rigorous liberal arts curriculum equips students with a broad understanding and knowledge of how to apply and acquire new information throughout life.

Activities on campus are plentiful for both students and the community. The university offers a full calendar of fine and performing arts events offered by music and theatre students, many of which take place in the acoustically outstanding Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The GBPAC also hosts numerous national touring acts as part of its artist series. Panther athletics sponsors 17 varsity intercollegiate sports. Fans can see all UNI teams in action in the McLeod Center, UNI-Dome, West Gym and other campus complexes.

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The University of Northern Iowa is located in picturesque Cedar Falls, Iowa, a riverfront town with many recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities. It was named a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The metropolitan community of Cedar Falls/Waterloo has a combined population of 165,000 and offers a pleasant residential setting with a strong and growing industrial base. Cedar Falls and Waterloo are friendly, affordable communities located approximately 300 miles from Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. For more information, visit our Community Information page.


Employee Benefits

The University of Northern Iowa believes that our employees are our most valuable resource. We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the demands of each individual's life at work as well as at home. Employees are encouraged to participate in any or all of our benefit programs.

The benefits staff at the University of Northern Iowa manages the comprehensive benefits package, available to all eligible employees of the university. Benefits are an important part of your total compensation package. The university currently offers health, dental and vision insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, flexible-spending accounts and retirement plans as core benefits to eligible employees. In addition, the university also provides other benefits and services to help enhance employees' quality of life.


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Jobs at University of Northern Iowa

  • Assistant Director Systems, Admissions

  • Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Serves as the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Salesforce and Marketing Cloud lead for the Office of Admissions; explores new uses and fun...

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  • Instructor, Early Childhood Education

  • Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education seeks applicants for a two-year term Instruc...

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