Catalog 2010-2012

Admission of Undergraduate Students by Transfer from Other Colleges

Applicants must submit an application form for admission, together with a $40 application fee ($50 for international students), and request that each college they have attended send an official transcript of record to the UNI Office of Admissions. Failure to provide transcripts from all colleges or universities attended may result in denial of the application or dismissal from the university. If less than 24 semester hours of graded transferable college credit will be completed prior to entry at Northern Iowa, applicants should also request that their official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Other transfer applicants may be asked to provide high school academic information. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international students whose first language is not English. For undergraduate international students the minimum score for full admission is 550 on the paper‑based TOEFL.  Students with scores below this can qualify for conditional admission. International students transferring from U.S. institutions can have the TOEFL waived if they meet one of the following (A or B):

     A. Complete one semester of college level English composition from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum grade of B.

     B. Complete 30 or more semester hours of transferable credit with required grade point average from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. 

  1. Transfer students are defined as those with twenty-four (24) or more semester hours of transferable college credit. Transfer students must have or exceed the following combination of grade point and total graded transferable semester hours for admission to UNI.

                               1-23 hours          2.50 GPA

                              24-41 hours         2.50 GPA

                              42-59 hours         2.25 GPA

                       60 or more hours         2.00 GPA

    Transfer applicants who have not maintained the level of academic performance given above may, after a review of their academic and test records, and at the discretion of the admissions officers:

         A. Be admitted unconditionally;

         B. Be admitted conditionally; or

         C. Be denied admission.

  2. Admission of students with fewer than twenty-four semester hours of transferable college credit will be based on high school academic and standardized test records in addition to review of the college record.                         
  3. Transfer applicants under disciplinary suspension will not be considered for admission until information concerning the reason for the suspension has been received from the college assigning the suspension. Applicants granted admission under these circumstances will be admitted on probation.
  4. Transfer applicants of colleges and universities not regionally accredited will be considered for admission on an individual basis taking into account all available academic information.

Deadline for admission is the first day of class for any given academic term. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Admissions.


Transfer Credit Practices

The University of Northern Iowa endorses the Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Academic Credit approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO). The current issue of Transfer Credit Practices of Selected Educational Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and publications of the American Council on Education are examples of references used by the universities in determining transfer credit. The acceptance and use of transfer credit are subject to limitations in accordance with existing educational policies of the University of Northern Iowa.

  1. Students from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Credit earned at regionally accredited colleges and universities is acceptable for transfer except that credit in courses determined by the university to be of a remedial or career, and technical nature, or credit in courses or programs in which the institution granting the credit is not directly involved, may not be accepted, or may be accepted to a limited extent.  *No more than 65 semester hours of credit earned at two-year colleges can be applied to a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
  2. Students from colleges and universities which have candidate status.  Credit earned at colleges and universities which have become candidates for accreditation by a regional association is acceptable for transfer in a manner similar to that from regionally accredited colleges and universities if the credit is applicable to the bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa.  *Credit earned at the junior and senior classification from an accredited two-year college which has received approval by a regional accrediting association for change to a four-year college may be accepted by the university.
  3. Students from colleges and universities not regionally accredited. Credit earned at colleges and universities that are not regionally accredited is not accepted in transfer. When students are admitted from colleges and universities not regionally accredited, the University of Northern Iowa will determine if the student may validate credit by satisfactory academic study in residence, or by examination. The university will specify the amount of transfer credit and the terms of the validation process at the time of admission.  *In determining the acceptability of transfer credit from private colleges in Iowa which do not have regional accreditation, the Regent Committee on Educational Relations, upon request from such institutions, evaluates the nature and standards of the academic program, faculty, student records, library, and laboratories.
  4. Students from foreign colleges and universities. Transfer credit from foreign educational institutions may be granted after a determination of the type of institution involved, its recognition by the educational authorities of the foreign country, and after an evaluation of the content, level and comparability of the study to courses and programs at this university. Credit may be granted in specific courses, but is frequently assigned to general areas of study. Extensive use is made of professional journals and references which describe the educational systems and programs of individual countries.


High School Preparation for Undergraduate Admission

Students entering the university must have completed the following set of high school courses (units) or their equivalents. These high school units apply to entering freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 semester hours of transferable college credit.

Subject Requirement Explanation
English 4 years Must include 1 year of composition. May include 1 year of speech, communications and/or journalism.
Mathematics 3 years Must include equivalent of algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra.
Science 3 years General science, biology, chemistry, earth science and/or physics.  Laboratory experience is highly recommended.
Social Studies 3 years Anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and/or sociology.
Electives 2 years Additional courses from subject areas identified above are acceptable.  May include foreign language* and/or fine arts.











*Two years of one foreign language in high school with a C- or above in the last term meet the university graduation requirement. The university highly recommends that students fulfill this requirement while in high school.

Students who graduated from high school before 1988 and transfer students who graduated from high school in 1988, and after, who have completed 24 or more semester hours of transferable college credit will be considered exempt from the high school course requirements for admission.