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National rankings and honors

Ranking among the top midwest public universities, the University of Northern Iowa has been recognized for its many achievements in preparing graduates to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought and contribute to society.

The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked No. 1 for "Online Colleges in Iowa That Win on Affordability" by AffordableCollegesOnline.org for an exceptional collection of high-quality, flexible distance learning options at a very affordable price. 

Affordable Online Colleges BadgeUNI Continuing and Distance Education's instructional development team received the The Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA) 2013 Innovators Award for innovative contributions to distance learning through outstanding teaching, program design and development, as well as innovations in methods, technique, technology and advocacy. 

UNI is ranked second in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

The University of Northern Iowa ranked in the nation's top 100 "Best-Value Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks UNI 65th in the nation out of 684 colleges and universities, and 38th on their list of master's universities that are the Best Bang for the Buck, and in the top 100 for all universities.

military friendly award
The University of Northern Iowa was designated for the fifth time by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2015, an honor placing the university in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

UNI has also been selected as a Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Education's (MAE) 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, as well as being named a "Best for Vets" 2014 college by Military Times.

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