Building an inclusive foundation for your success.

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and other historically marginalized populations face many obstacles and barriers when applying to and attending colleges and universities, and at UNI we recognize that. UNI is dedicated to minimizing the challenges, obstacles and addressing the systemic barriers. Here are various opportunities, resources and programs that await you at UNI, ready to support you. 

Creating Your Community

Jump-start
your UNI experience

UNI's Jump Start Program is focused on helping underrepresented students successfully transition to UNI by providing them with the resources and support network to take on this next chapter of their life. It is held the week prior to the first week of classes and includes an early move-in for students living on campus. 

Group of Jump Start participants

Find a passion,
fuel your soul

Student organizations are a great way to get involved, meet new people and develop leadership skills. There are 270+ student organizations on campus, and many of them are cultural based. There's truly something for everyone!

Students laughing

A role model
is never far away

There are various mentoring programs across campus that connect new (first-year) students with returning students, including the Multicultural Mentoring for Student Success Program for underrepresented students (African/African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian, Multiracial) and Queer Peer Mentoring Program for students who identify as LGBTQ+. 

Student and mentor working together

Making College Affordable

Automatic Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for scholarships upon admission, including our UNI-T.E.D Scholarship (UNIfying through Excellence and Diversity) for students of racial and ethnic backgrounds or those who participated in TRIO or AVID programs. 

UNI Scholarship Application

There are many other additional scholarships you may quality for through the submission of the UNI Scholarship Application. Upon completing this one application, you'll have applied to all the scholarships you're eligible for. 

Financial Aid Counseling

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is available to answer any questions you have about paying for college. Call us at 319-273-2700, email us or set up a virtual appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor.