General Aid Base Funding

The Iowa Board of Regents requested status quo funding for the three public state universities general aid for FY 2019. For UNI, state appropriations account for 52% of UNI’s total operating budget while tuition revenues account for 46%.

To invest in UNI is to invest in Iowa. Nearly 90% of our students are from Iowa and 92% of those Iowa students stay in Iowa after they graduate to work or continue their education. In addition, approximately 50% of the non-residents who graduate from UNI stay in Iowa and contribute to our skilled workforce. Because UNI educates Iowans for Iowa, more reliance on state appropriations is needed because our Iowa students receive the subsidized resident tuition rate.

While UNI remains committed to its history in teacher education, the impact of UNI extends well beyond these roots. Excellent programs in business, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, arts and natural sciences prepare students to work and contribute in every employment sector across Iowa and provide a meaningful contribution to the state. While UNI’s core focus remains undergraduate education, the university also provides strong graduate programs that continue to attract students in all stages of life. Many UNI programs achieve state, national and international acclaim. Examples include communication disorders and speech pathology which routinely have waiting lists for acceptance, outstanding business education including a national renown accounting program, biology and biochemistry which have high placement rates in graduate programs and medical school, statewide leadership in STEM education, and excellent music programs including jazz studies.

UNI offers 90+ majors with full-time faculty in the classroom, gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of interests and prepares them for success after college.

  • UNI’s goal is for every student to engage in high-impact learning that transcends the classroom in order to prepare them for professional careers, civic engagement, and lifelong learning. Seventy-five percent of UNI students participate in experiential education, whether completing an internship, research, student teaching or studying abroad. UNI students are ready day one on the job.
  • Ninety-six percent of UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education after graduation.
  • On average, 450 new teachers graduate from UNI each year making UNI’s teacher education program the largest in Iowa. Additionally, UNI’s educator prep program also graduates on average 50 principals, 10 superintendents, 14 school counselors, 10 school psychologists, 18 school librarians and 50 speech pathologists.
  • UNI graduates more students with a bachelor’s degree in education than 98% of U.S. institutions. In Iowa, more than 8,750 licensed UNI graduates are employed in 99 percent of the state’s school districts and in all 99 counties.
  • UNI’s College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) – a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide. AACSB International accredits the world’s best business schools across 52 countries and territories.