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. Our dedication to students can be seen in our opportunities for dual enrollment, traditional, transfer, military, international and graduate students. UIU students often juggle multiple commitments outside of their educational pursuits, and our flexible schedule helps students succeed.

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.


Upper lowa University provides quality educational opportunities accessible through varied delivery methods to inspire success and empower lives.



Upper Iowa University will be known for academic excellence and continual innovation in student-centered learning.

Adopted by Upper Iowa University Board of Trustees February 2016. Vision statement revised 2023.