Your Next Steps


Accept your offer. 

Accepting your offer is a big step that opens the door to your next steps! To do so, you'll complete a short form and pay the $320 acceptance fee. An acceptance fee deferral is available. Note: You will need your university CATID to login and complete this step.

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Submit UNI Scholarship App.

Once admitted, you can apply for hundreds of scholarships across campus using the UNI Scholarship Application. The priority deadline is January 15. Note: The application and deadline do not pertain to the scholarships you’re automatically considered for upon admission.

‌Start Application


File your FAFSA.

To be considered for financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted. It opens annually on October 1. The priority deadline is January 15. After this date, less aid will be available. Include UNI's FAFSA code of 001890 so we can send you a financial aid offer, starting in mid-February. 

‌Complete FAFSA


Finalize your housing contract.

If you plan to live on campus, you can start on your contract as early as September. Once your contract is complete (and you've accepted your offer of admission), you’ll be set for room self-selection. The sooner yours is done, the earlier in line you'll be to select your room of choice! 

‌Access Contract


Register for orientation.

Orientation is essential and a requirement for starting at UNI – it is when you'll meet one-on-one with your academic advisor and register for your classes! You’ll officially become a Panther, activating your UNI email address and making new friends.

‌Get Registered


Select your housing 

Did you know you get to pick your exact dorm room during our official online housing selection? Only students with accepted offers of admission and completed contracts can participate.

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Send final, official transcripts

With something as big as college, it’s not surprising it comes with a little paperwork. Freshmen and transfer students will need to request official high-school transcript and any college credit transcripts be sent directly to UNI’s Office of Admissions. Applicable test scores (ACT/SAT and AP, CLEP or IB classes) must be sent directly from the testing institutions to us. 

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Wrap up your “Before Orientation Tasks”

In preparation for your orientation, you’ll have tasks to complete, at least 10 days beforehand, within your online orientation portal, which will be made available to you by email months before your session. Things to cross off include declaring your major, documenting your college credit and taking the ALEKS Math Placement Exam (requirement for freshmen students).

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Orientation, Move in, Panther Welcome 

Held the weekend before classes begin, our Panther Welcome will help you transition to college life. You’ll become acquainted with campus, participate in fun activities — all while meeting other new UNI students! The Jump Start program is also held for students of color, TRIO or AVID program participants (fall semester only).

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