2020-21 Academic Catalog
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Student Life

This section contains the following information:

Division of Student Affairs


We help students succeed.

We help students prepare for responsible citizenship, personal fulfillment, and success in life by supporting their efforts to learn through their experiences, achieve their academic goals, and strive for excellence in all.

We do this by:

  • Developing environments that are safe, welcoming, inclusive and healthy;
  • Providing services that are professional, supportive and personalized; and
  • Fostering meaningful student engagement in campus and community life that develops leadership, educates about diversity, and contributes to learning.


In seeking to accomplish this mission, we are committed to:

  • Encouraging the development of the whole student and involving all students in the life of the University;
  • Cultivating a caring and diverse campus community that values respect for all people, the open and free exchange of ideas, and responsible and ethical behavior;
  • Maximizing our effectiveness through responsible stewardship of resources, support of innovation, and creativity in problem solving;
  • Working collaboratively across campus and community, and fostering a work environment for our staff which encourages continuous improvement and professional development.

Orientation and New Student Programs


Orientation programs facilitate the successful transition of new students to the University of Northern Iowa, and include academic advising and registration for the first semester of enrollment. Freshmen who begin their study in the fall semester attend a two-day summer orientation program during the preceding June or July. Transfer students who begin their study in the summer or fall semester attend a one-day orientation program in the preceding spring or summer.  All new students who begin their study during spring semester attend orientation in December or January. Orientation programming is also provided for parents and guests, with a focus on learning about how to partner with UNI services and support staff to help their students succeed.



Application for Rooms in Residence Halls

Official admission to the University of Northern Iowa is a prerequisite to application for housing in the residence halls. Once new students are admitted, the Department of Residence sends an invitation for the student to apply for housing online. This invitation is included with the student’s letter of acceptance from the Office of Admissions. The Department of Residence website includes information about each residence hall, meal plans and the housing and dining contract. The housing and dining contract serves as the official application for housing in the residence halls. The housing and dining contract is considered complete once you have accepted your offer of admission, paid the acceptance fee and agreed to the terms and conditions.

Priority for room self-selection and room assignments is based on the contract completion date; the earlier your contract is completed, the greater the chances of getting in to the hall and room you prefer. If an applicant finds it necessary to cancel the contract before occupying the room, any refund or forfeiture is based on the date of written notification and fulfills the terms of the contract terms and conditions.


Residence hall occupancy for the fall semester begins during the week prior to the first day of classes; the actual move-in date depends on the student’s classification and years on campus. Spring semester move-in is generally the Friday before the first day of classes. If a reserved room is not occupied on the first day of classes and arrangements have not been made with the Department of Residence for later occupancy, the reservation will be cancelled and forfeiture of prepaid fees and penalties will be applied as stated in the contract terms and conditions.

The housing and dining contract covers an entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) or the balance thereof; separate contracting is necessary for the summer term. If the contract is terminated before the expiration date, appropriate provisions of the contract will apply. The student is responsible for any financial liabilities incurred prior to the date of termination and a percentage of the remaining portion of the contract.

Continuous housing during academic and holiday break periods is available in all halls. Students can also remain living in the residence halls during the summer, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in classes for the summer term.

Residence Halls

The Department of Residence is designed to provide housing to over 4,000 students in eleven residence facilities. Students living on-campus have the advantage of easy access to all classrooms, campus activities and campus resources. Residence hall rooms have Internet access (wired and wireless) and cable television. Furnishings, laundry and utilities are also included. Each residence hall is designed with lounges, study rooms, recreational areas, laundry rooms and other facilities for the comfort and convenience of the students. Computer labs are also located in residence facilities. Both professional and student staff members organize social events that build a strong sense of community and inclusion, as well as support activities that promote academic success.

Residential communities within each of the halls are divided up into houses of approximately 50 students. One resident assistant (a student staff member) lives within each house to serve as a resource for the members of that house.

The residence halls offer a mix of traditional double and single rooms, suites and apartment-style spaces. All halls are mixed gender and many offer all-gender housing.

Upper-Division Housing

Housing for upper-division students is available within all of our residence halls. However, Shull Hall, Lawther Hall, Panther Village, Roth Apartments and Jennings Court Apartments have been designed to better accommodate upper-division students.

Shull Hall is a traditional residence hall, offering all rooms as super-single. Lawther Hall is a mix of traditional double rooms, single rooms and suites with private and semi-private bathrooms. Students living in Shull and Lawther Halls have a meal plan. Panther Village and Roth are apartment-style residence halls, offering single rooms within a common unit containing a private restroom, kitchen and living space. Jennings offers two-bedroom apartments, both furnished and unfurnished. Students wishing to live in any of these accommodations must have at least one year of on-campus college experience at time of move-in (second-year+).


Students living in the traditional and suite-style residence halls have an all-access meal plan. This meal plan provides unlimited access to the two dining centers on campus, Piazza in Redeker Center and Rialto in Towers Center. The all-access meal plans come with Dining Dollars to be used at any of the campus retail stores. Unlimited access is designed to better support students’ individual dining habits while increasing the opportunity for community building. Students utilize the dining centers as an extension of their living space within the residence halls.

Additional meal plan options are available to students living in our apartment-style halls, as well as those commuting to campus. Learn more online at dor.uni.edu/meal-plans.

Housing and Dining Contracts

Contractual responsibilities are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Refer to terms and conditions of the current contract. The current terms and conditions are available at dor.uni.edu/contract-terms-and-conditions.

Department of Residence
1501 Redeker Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0252
319-273-2333 or 1-866-207-9411

Career Services


The Office of Career Services coaches students in gaining professional experience while attending UNI. From managing campus jobs to preparing for a fulfilling career, UNI Career Services provides expertise to be career ready.

Career Services provides access to over 4,000 campus jobs for students annually. In addition, Career Services guides students in securing community positions including part-time, internship, and field experiences. By maintaining a robust network of thousands of employers and graduate programs, students have access to up-to-date employment trends.

Career Services strives to create access for students to interact with employers and graduate programs. Hosting four large-scale recruiting events annually, daily campus interviews, and a wide range of employer/graduate program engagements, students will graduate with a unique understanding of how to find career success. In preparing for future careers, Career Services provides students with personal assessments to explore careers: prepare application materials including resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and interviewing. Finally, Career Services provides workshops, small group leadership training, and one-to-one career coaching.

It is our mission to help students succeed. Visit our website at https://careerservices.uni.edu/ or stop by 102 Gilchrist to meet your career coach.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is a state agency, provided space on campus by UNI, to serve persons with disabilities. The mission of IVRS is to help persons with disabilities become employed along with support while attending UNI. Vocational Rehabilitation may assist with the following services while students are participating in our program:

  • Assessment of the disability
  • Restoration/assistive technology
  • Training/tuition assistance
  • Class accommodations
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Job placement assistance

Services continue, as needed, until a person has successfully completed the degree as well as has been employed for over 90 days. Students desiring services can contact the office by phone or email to schedule an appointment between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m, Monday-Friday. Students will meet for an orientation of services, an intake appointment and then appropriate documentation will be requested to determine eligibility for services along with supports needed. 

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services is located in 007 Innovative Teaching & Technology Center. SAS views disabilities as an integral part of the rich diversity at the University of Northern Iowa. To that end, we work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an accessible educational environment for students. For more information regarding services and how to get connected, contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711, accessibilityservices@uni.edu, or ITTC 007. Additional information on the accommodation process and how to submit a request is available at sas.uni.edu/.

Student Wellness Services

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Student Wellness Services is here to support your student's success in college and beyond. Our office provides engaging education related to self-care, personal health, and wellness specializing in college age topics such as stress management, sleep, alcohol and other drug, healthy eating, and sexual health. Programs and individual services are student-centered and focus on the whole student through the eight dimensions of wellness (physical, emotional, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, environmental, and spiritual). Student Wellness Services meets with students one-on-one using motivational interviewing techniques for wellness coaching, alcohol and other drug prevention/harm reduction, and intuitive eating. Health promotion and education is also offered through fun, interactive activities with groups of students to promote health and wellness. Please visit our website identified above for more information.

Student Health Clinic and Pharmacy

The University of Northern Iowa specializes in college health services. We have board-certified family practice physicians, board-certified physician assistants, and psychiatric providers who are dedicated to caring for college students. Additional staff includes a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, registered nurses, a laboratory technologist, and support staff. We want to serve as your on-campus health resource and assist you in meeting your healthcare needs.

All registered University of Northern Iowa students are eligible to use our services. We encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling (319) 273-2009. We are located on West 23rd Street next to the Schindler Education Center.

The University offers health and dental insurance coverage to students through the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), group policies administered by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Delta Dental of Iowa through the University of Iowa Benefits Office.  To be eligible for SHIP, you must be a registered student attending on-campus classes at the time coverage begins.  The University of Northern Iowa requires that international students entering the University purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan provided by the Student Health Clinic.

Counseling Center

Enrolled students paying the mandatory health fee are eligible for a free initial assessment and clinical recommendations. Therapy groups, crisis appointments, and 5 individual therapy sessions per academic year are provided at no additional charge. If more than 5 individual therapy sessions are needed, the Counseling Center will file a claim with your health insurance company. 

Appointments for counseling may be made by calling 319-273-2676 or in-person at the Counseling Center. More information is available at https://counseling.uni.edu/.

Recreation Services

Recreation Services, located within the Wellness/Recreation Center, offers campus-wide programs in informal recreation, fitness, aquatics, intramural sports, outdoor recreation, youth programs and sport clubs.  

 The Wellness /Recreation Center provides:

• (10) multi-purpose gymnasiums/courts for basketball, volleyball, and soccer

• (6) racquetball/wally ball courts

• a leisure pool with whirlpool and water slide

• an eight lane, 25-yard lap pool

• (5) aerobics/dance studios

• a 38.5-foot climbing wall

• a free weight room

• the UNI Outdoor Recreation Center

• a running track

• men's and women's locker and shower facilities

• a spacious fitness area with cardiovascular and strength training equipment

• West Campus Complex with outdoor recreation fields for a wide variety of sports and activities

• (9) lighted outdoor tennis courses

For more information visit the Recreation Services website at https://recreation.uni.edu/.

Military Members and Veterans

The University of Northern Iowa is proud to serve all veterans, military members, and their families. Our role is to support military members, veterans, and their families at UNI as they transition between military duty, college, and new careers. We are committed to faculty and staff education, on and off campus resource networking, advocacy, and listening to each student to ensure that each military affiliated students' voice is heard and they are empowered to achieve success in class and beyond. For more information contact:

Coordinator, Military and Veteran Student Services
111-G Maucker Union (Plaza Level)
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0166
Phone: (319) 273-3040

The University of Northern Iowa has received a Military-Friendly® designation for four consecutive years, and top school award in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2018 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. This guide provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniformCriteria for inclusion in the Military Friendly Schools list includes a strong commitment to recruiting, retaining, and providing financial, academic, and social services to student veterans.

The university works with the Veterans Administration to provide assistance to any veteran, or member of their family, eligible for education benefits from the VA. School Certifying Officials in the Office of the Registrar will assist students using any number of programs offered by the VA. In abiding with the SIT-REP (Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress) ACT, the University will not impose late fees, deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or require individuals to borrow funds to meet their financial obligations to UNI as a result of the delayed disbursement of any payment from the VA. For additional information, contact:

Office of the Registrar
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0006
Phone: (319) 273-2273

Student Activities and Honors

Co-curricular activities are encouraged at the University of Northern Iowa because of the important contribution these activities make to the total education of the student. The university maintains an extensive program of co-curricular activities: intercollegiate athletics, theatre, forensics, publications, music, social life, student organizations and interest groups, intramural sports and recreational activities, and sports clubs.

Speech and Debate

The forensics program (Panther Speech and Debate teams), sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media, invites and encourages participation of all interested students, both in debate and individual events, regardless of your major. The forensics squad participates in some 20-25 intercollegiate forensic meets per year on a regional and national basis, and the debate team also travels regionally and nationally. Participants may choose to enter debate or individual events. Further information is available at https://commstudies.uni.edu/forensics/.


The Greek community at UNI consists of nationally affiliated (National Interfraternity Council and National Panhellenic Council) social sororities and fraternities, and nationally affiliated (National Panhellenic Council) historically African-American sororities and fraternities. The Greek community has a long, rich tradition of supporting student involvement and development, and providing service, social and leadership opportunities. Formal and informal membership recruitment and intake processes take place each semester. More information is available at https://studentlife.uni.edu/fsl.

Honor Organizations

Superior achievement in various academic disciplines and in extracurricular activities is recognized in honor organizations. Information on these organizations may be obtained from the Office of Student Life, located on the plaza level of Maucker Union, or at https://studentlife.uni.edu/.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Various intercollegiate sports are available to both men and women at UNI. The university engages in intercollegiate athletic competition in a total of 17 sports. Men may participate in basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling. Women also compete in basketball, cross country, golf, and indoor and outdoor track, as well as in soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball.

UNI Athletic teams participate within Division I of the NCAA. UNI Football is part of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly 1-AA). The University Athletics Program is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the Big XII Conference. All intercollegiate athletic programs are governed and operated in accordance with NCAA, Conference, and university rules and regulations. In some instances, university rules and regulations may be more restrictive than those of the NCAA and/or Conference.

Interest Organizations

Numerous organizations sponsored by departments and specialized interest groups provide students the opportunity to become better acquainted with other students and faculty as well as to explore leadership skills and perpetuate interests outside the classroom. Many of the organizations have no membership requirements other than an active interest in the work for which the club exists and regular attendance at the meetings. Information on specific interest organizations can be obtained in the Office of Student Life, located on the plaza level of Maucker Union, or at https://studentlife.uni.edu/student-organizations.

Maucker Union Advisory Board

The Maucker Union Advisory Board, comprised primarily of students, provides feedback and guidance on all issues related to Maucker Union administration, facilities, and programming. More information is available at https://studentlife.uni.edu/.


Music organizations and ensembles are open to all students. Participation by non-music majors is encouraged. Credit is available to all who participate. Among the groups offered are: Concert Chorale, UNI Opera Ensemble, UNI Singers, Varsity Glee Club, Women's Chorus, Cantorei, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Panther Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Symphony Orchestra, plus several instrumental ensembles.  Ensemble requirements for enrollment include auditions, placement hearings or no audition depending on each specific course offered. For further information visit https://music.uni.edu/.

Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG)

The Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) is comprised of three separate branches: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. The Legislative branch contains senators from all colleges across the university. The Executive branch includes the President, Vice President, Director of Public Relations, Director of Finance, Director of Government Relations, Director of Diversity, and the Chief of Staff. The Judicial branch is composed of nine justices, including a Chief Justice and a Clerk of Court. NISG is actively involved in initiatives to improve the university experience for all students. Members of this organization work with faculty, local, and state officials to address student interests and concerns.  More information is available at https://nisg.uni.edu/.

Professional Performing Arts on Campus

For more information, refer to The Fine and Performing Arts at UNI section of this University Catalog.


Surrounding the campus are various student religious centers. Information on specific religious organizations may be obtained in the Office of Student Life, located on the plaza level of Maucker Union.

Social Life

The social life at the University of Northern Iowa is flexible, designed to meet the ever-changing interests and needs of the students and university community. Social opportunities include popular and cultural film programs, art exhibits, fine arts productions, live musical entertainment, dances, campus-wide events, speaker programs, forums, and community service projects. Much of the program planning relies heavily on student involvement. Information pertaining to involvement is available through the Office of Student Life, located on the plaza level of Maucker Union, or at https://studentlife.uni.edu.

Station KULT-LP

Station KULT is the student-managed and operated radio station of the University of Northern Iowa. The station operates at 94.5FM and on Channel 5 of the Campus Cable Television System. KULT programming consists of music, UNI sporting events, and news. The studios and offices of KULT are located in the lower level of Maucker Union. For further information go to https://kult.uni.edu/.

Student Government

The student government associations include the Northern Iowa Student Government, the Residence Halls Association, the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the individual residence hall senates.

Student Publications

The Northern Iowan is written, illustrated, and edited by students for campus-wide distribution. This student newspaper is distributed twice a week during the fall and spring and once a week during the summer session https://www.northerniowan.com/.


Any enrolled student is welcome to audition or volunteer for production responsibilities in the major productions or many student productions produced by Theatre UNI. Seasons typically include classical, modern and contemporary drama, musical comedy, and theatre for youth. All members of the university community are invited to attend productions in the Strayer-Wood and Bertha Martin Theatres. For additional information, including audition postings, visit the website https://theatre.uni.edu/.


Any student is welcome to join the UNI Student Veterans Association. The purpose of this group is to educate the campus community about military veterans, support members of the military that are currently deployed, support veterans that are dealing with issues coming back from deployment, contribute to the improvement of UNI as a military friendly school, and have fun socializing with other veterans that attend the University of Northern Iowa.