Apply to UNI

Ready to take the next step?  You can apply for admission online and pay the application fee electronically by credit card. 

First Time User

For users who do not have a CatID.

1)  Create a valid UNI account (CatID) with your personal information

2)  Login with your new CatID

3)  Complete the Application for Admission

Create Account

Returning User

You have previously applied to the University of Northern Iowa or you already have a CatID.

You'll be asked to log in on the next screen, and then will be able to view what you previously entered and continue your application.


Log In 


International applicants can also apply via printable International application for admission.


Undergraduate degree seeking students may also apply through The Common Application.
The Common Application


Tips for Applying

Make sure you've submitted all necessary documents for the application process. Follow these tips to make the admission application process go smoothly.

  1. Complete all the information requested on the application so there will be no misunderstanding. See that all questions are answered to avoid unnecessary correspondence and delay in considering your request for admission. 

  2. Your legal name should always be used. If your high school or college records may appear under another name, give this name also.

  3. Submit the required application for admission and supporting documents at least ten days prior to the beginning of orientation for the session for which you are applying. It is your responsibility to arrange to have the necessary credentials submitted. Click here for instructions on how to submit graduate application supporting documents.

  4. Official paper transcripts must be mailed directly from the academic institution to: Office of Admissions, 002 Gilchrist Hall, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018.

  5. Electronic transcripts must be emailed by the institution to

  6. Applicants with physical or mental disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, who wish to request accommodations should contact the Student Disability Services at 319-273-2677.


Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements information for Freshman, Transfer, Graduate, International Undergraduate, and International Graduate students.

Students interested in attending UNI directly from high school. View Requirements >

Students interested in transferring to UNI from another college or university. View Requirements >

Students interested in UNI's graduate programs. View Requirements >

International Undergraduate
Undergraduate international students interested in attending UNI. View Requirements >

International Graduate
International students interested in earning a graduate degree from UNI. View Requirements >


Campus Security & Crime Statistics 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, UNI publishes an Annual Security & Fire Report. The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including crime prevention, crime reporting policies, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault and student disciplinary procedures. The report also contains the three previous years' crime and fire statistics for on campus locations and certain off campus locations owned or controlled by UNI. To obtain a copy of the report, contact the UNI Department of Public Safety located at 030 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614, call 319-273-2712 or visit the UNI Department of Public Safety website