UNI once again named a top regional Midwest university

UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa maintained its rank as the Midwest’s second-best regional public university in the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” report.

UNI was also ranked No. 17 in undergraduate teaching among public regional universities in the 12-state Midwest region and No. 17 among best colleges for veterans for its work with veterans and active-duty service members. 

“UNI strives for excellence in all we do, and we’re pleased to be recognized again as one of the top public universities in the Midwest,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “No mere numbers analysis can capture how truly special our faculty and staff are and the outsized impact they have on our students, community and the world. I’m especially proud that their work supporting veterans has been honored. As we address educational debts we owe our first-generation, low-income, and racial/ethnic minority students, we have our sights set on an even stronger focus on student success in the years ahead.”  

UNI was separately named the best public college in Iowa for getting a job by Zippia, an online career service platform. The company used U.S. Department of Education data to find the highest listed job placement numbers ten years after graduation in each state. UNI led the way with a 94% job placement rate.

In recognition of its continued work to provide a supportive educational environment for veterans, UNI was given a bronze ranking by Military Friendly, the longest-running review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students.

According to U.S. News & World Report, its rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student/faculty ratios and average alumni giving are all used to rank colleges.



Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.edu