January 2016


University of Northern Iowa Office of Admissions

Dear Counselors,

Thank you for helping your senior students during this important time of year in their college decision making process.  As the new semester and new year kick off, we have some important scholarship reminders and updates for those students who are considering attending the University of Northern Iowa.

Happy New Year and Go Panthers!

Matt Kroeger's signature

Matt Kroeger '96
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
University of Northern Iowa

Scholarship Deadlines are Approaching – January 15, 2016!

Nearly $20 million in scholarship money will be given to UNI students in 2016. And, nearly 90 percent of first-time, full-time UNI student received financial aid. The general scholarship deadline for competitive academic scholarships is January 15. Please encourage your students to apply for scholarships! But first, students must submit their application for admission to UNI, prior to gaining access to complete the UNI Scholarship application.

UNI Up Close – Open House for Admitted and Committed Students – Febuary 12 and 16!

Encourage your admitted students and those who have accepted their offer of admission to attend one of our UNI Up Close events on either February 12 or February 26. Those who attend and have accepted their offer of admission will gain first access to register for one of the 10 summer Orientation sessions. Additional details and how to register for the UNI Up Close event can be found on our website


National Awards Scholarship Recognition – New Recognition and Scholarship Opportunity!

For the first time now, admitted students who have been recognized as a semifinalist or finalist with National Merit or National Achievement scholarship competitions or a National Hispanic Scholar will now be eligible for the top level academic awards such as the DSA (Distinguished Scholars Award) for Iowa residents and the MSA (Multicultural Scholars Award) for minority students. Students self-report this information when completing the application for admissions, and official documentation verifying their status will be required to adjust their scholarship award(s).

Academic Scholarships Awarded upon Admission – Immediately!

By now you are familiar with the scholarship process of UNI automatically awarding academic scholarships based on ACT and GPA criteria upon admission. These academic scholarships are four-year awards. Many Iowa students are awarded the UNI Distinguished Scholar Award and/or the Multicultural Scholar Award. Grids have been developed to help guide students to the scholarship level they will qualify for. These scholarships are awarded on a continuous basis as students apply or send updated academic information.  


""New Scholarship for Iowa Resident Minority Freshmen
UNI is pleased to announce a new scholarship for entering Iowa resident minority freshmen – the UNI Residents of Iowa Scholars of Excellence (UNI RISE) Award. Twenty-five students will be selected to receive this award, which has a value of up to $18,000; $4,000 a year for up to 4 years, and $2,000 to be applied towards summer tuition at UNI for one summer term during their enrollment. This award can be combined with the Distinguished Scholars Award (DSA) and Multicultural Scholars Award (MSA), which are awarded to Iowa resident freshmen.

To be eligible for the UNI RISE Award, a student must:

  • Be an Iowa resident entering UNI directly from high school

  • Have an ethnic or racial status of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

  • Have an ACT composite score of 23 or higher, or SAT combined CR+M of 1070 or higher

  • Students who do not meet the ACT or SAT score may be considered if they have a Regents Admissions Index (RAI) score of 290 or higher

  • Demonstrated involvement in activities outside of the classroom, which could include community service, and display leadership or potential for future leadership

  • Apply for admission and submit the UNI Scholarship Application by January 15.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA, and/or first-generation students. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information.