Upper Iowa University

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Coordinates: 42°50′17″N 91°48′00″W / 42.838°N 91.800°W / 42.838; -91.800


Established in 1857, Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private institution of higher education with its residential campus located in northeast Iowa near the Volga River of Iowa in the rural community of Fayette, Iowa, where around 900 students are enrolled.

UIU offers distance education programs that include 15 centers in the U.S., an online program, an independent study program, and centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. UIU has a total student population of more than 6,000 students with a 24:1 student/faculty ratio (based on university-wide enrollment).

Upper Iowa offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 40 majors, including art, business, conservation management, education, higher education administration, human services, information technology, liberal arts, math, nursing, psychology, science, and more.[2] It operates on two eight-week terms per semester, allowing students to take two classes per term.

UIU is the only NCAA Division II Athletics Program in the state of Iowa and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Upper Iowa University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.



In 1854, Elizabeth Alexander, a pioneer woman living near what is now Fayette, Iowa, proposed the idea of a college to her husband, Robert, who donated $10,000 toward the cause. Their son-in-law, Samuel Robertson, donated $5,000 and 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. In 1856, the first Board of Trustees meeting was held; articles of Incorporation were adopted; and classes began January 7, 1857.

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