UNI expects boost in on-campus living in 2024-2025

UNI expects boost in on-campus living in 2024-2025

UNI students studying in the dorms

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa anticipates another increase in the number of students choosing to live on campus for the 2024-25 school year. UNI projects approximately 3,200 students to choose living on-campus in the residence halls and apartments next fall, a 2.76% increase from 2023-24, the highest occupancy on campus since 2018. 

The university’s recent contract renewal period saw a near record number of returning students, with an increase of 15% over the prior year. 

University of Northern Iowa will have the smallest housing and dining rate increase for room and board among the Regent universities at 3.5%, compared with University of Iowa at 4.8% and Iowa State University at 5.8%. Final rate approvals will be heard at the April meeting of the Iowa Board of Regents.

“Living on campus is a vital component to a student’s success,” said Nick Rafanello, assistant vice president and executive director of UNI Housing & Dining. “Students living on campus are more likely to stay at UNI, more likely to graduate, and earn higher GPAs than their off-campus peers. Living on campus is convenient and provides opportunities for students to be more involved on campus and more connected to UNI.” 

Strong on-campus numbers are bolstered by UNI’s Live 2 Succeed two-year commitment program. All new incoming students – first-year and transfer – who contract to live on campus their first two years will receive a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship in their second year.  Additionally, as part of the program, students receive priority room selection for each year they continue living on campus.

UNI students also enjoy the best college food in Iowa as part of their meal plan. UNI holds the #1 best food as ranked by students for seven years in a row.