The University of Northern Iowa was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest in 2020 by the Princeton Review, marking UNI’s 17th consecutive year on the prestigious list.
The education services company made the selection primarily based on academics, highlighting UNI’s wealth of student opportunities, low student-to-faculty ratio and hands-on learning experiences that prepare students to pursue their major after graduation.
“Being named once again to the list of the best colleges in the Midwest is a validation of the work we put in to make UNI an institution that provides not only an unforgettable student experience, but an exceptional education that sets up our graduates for future success,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook.
The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review website.
“Free tutoring, free sporting events, [and] small class sizes,” not to mention an “incredible business school,” “good placement rates and good relationships with local industry” for the technology department, and a “great student-to-faculty ratio” were just a few of the perks students mentioned.
“You truly won’t feel like just a number at UNI,” said one student, according to the Princeton Review.
Students also mentioned that many courses are hybrid classroom/field experiences, and there are also “a vast amount” of opportunities for students to get involved in other organizations through the school and the community.
UNI does “a great job of making sure that students are ready to pursue their major post-graduation” by requiring students to complete specific programs “that will ultimately get them ready for their future,” according to the ranking profile.
UNI faculty was also lauded, with students saying professors “care about you and want you to do well in their classes,” and “are always willing to help if you have questions or are struggling.” Many classes are recorded so students can refer back to them at a later date, “discussions and activities are frequent,” and “hands-on, lab-based learning is standard.”
Campus life was also a major selling point for students surveyed, with many pointing to the more than 250 student organization on campus. Others pointed to the many amenities built into the cost of tuition, including free tickets to sporting and performing arts events.
The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in New York, NY, it is not affiliated with Princeton University.