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We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career—to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.

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Reputation for Innovation

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. Our rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in education.

UIU’s reputation grows from our unique course offerings, online learning programs, affordability, and the success stories of our alumni.

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UIU’s reputation grows from our unique course offerings, online learning programs, affordability, and the success stories of our alumni.

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International Hubs

Our dedication to students can be seen in our opportunities for dual enrollment, traditional, transfer, military, international and graduate students.

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Bachelor’s and Master’s

UIU students often juggle multiple commitments outside of their educational pursuits, and our flexible schedule helps students succeed.

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An Upper Iowa University education is always within reach, through our main campus in Fayette, Iowa, our multiple regional education centers across the U.S., and our far-reaching online and distance learning programs.

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Why Choose UIU?

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed — in the classroom and in their communities. We are a comprehensive, private, nonprofit university firmly entrenched in Midwestern values and dedicated to providing students with the most flexible and accessible education experience possible. We offer an innovative academic model, and students choose from more than 40 high-quality bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Upper Iowa University is undergoing a transformative journey called “Reimagine UIU”. Aiming to adapt to the evolving landscape of higher education, this initiative is strategically designed to shape our organization by effectively allocating our financial and personnel resources.

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Upper Iowa University (UIU) underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process in 2016, which included a redesign of the University’s mission statement. As part of the strategic planning refresh process in 2023, the vision statement was reviewed and the goals and objectives under the five established priorities were updated. Subcommittees with representation from across the University were formed to undertake this process as well as a timeline to ensure timely completion. The updated mission statement and strategic plan were endorsed by the Board in June 2023.

The University employed the shared governance collaborative process to develop, approve, and implement the refreshed Strategic Plan. Each of the five strategic priorities of the institution organization were organized into committees with representatives from every area of UIU, solicited input and formed final proposals to the President’s Council and ultimately the Board of Trustees (BOT).


The strategic planning refresh project reflects UIU’s commitment to continuous improvement and ensuring that the University’s goals and objectives align with its mission and vision. The involvement of stakeholders from across the University in the project ensures that the updated strategic plan reflects the needs and priorities of the entire UIU community. University goals and initiatives are measurable and align with the strategic plan, illustrating the University’s total commitment to its academic mission and purpose of providing high quality educational opportunities that are accessible to a diverse student population.


The Office of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Development is proud to serve the more than 43,000 Peacock alumni. Our goal is to continue building a mutually beneficial relationship with you, starting as a UIU student and extending long after commencement. We strive to keep you informed of University events, reach out with alumni news, help connect you with former classmates, take advantage of exclusive alumni perks and make you aware of volunteer opportunities, fundraising initiatives, leadership opportunities and more!


Undergraduate Programs Earn an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate in nearly 60 areas of study.

Graduated & Professional

Graduate Programs Earn your master’s degree in business administration, counseling, education, public administration or sport administration.

Online Education

Online Programs Earn a degree on your own time frame. Online and self-paced classes offer ultimate schedule flexibility.

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