Hello, future Panther families.
An education at UNI is a family experience, and it all starts with the admission process.
Families can support their prospective Panther in many ways, and we're here to help you help them. Below is information tailored specifically to you, so whether you are a first-time college parent, or a seasoned one, we hope you'll find helpful information here as you navigate the college admission process.
The best way to get to know UNI is to visit us. Choose between a small-group, personalized daily visit or an all-day, jam-packed visit day. To allow us to give you the most personalized experience, registration is separate for high school students (freshmen) and current college (transfer) students.
All admitted students are automatically considered for admissions-based scholarships. The opportunity doesn’t stop with those offerings; students are also able to apply for hundreds of scholarships available across campus through our UNI Scholarship Application.
To be considered for financial aid to assist with the cost of attending UNI, families need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year. The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. Be sure to list the UNI School Code 001890 when completing yours.
Housing and Dining
Living on campus is a great way for students to make new friends while taking advantage of a safe, convenient and affordable living space. Housing and Dining Services exists to serve your student’s most basic needs while providing important support during this transition in your student’s life. Bonus? National research finds that students who live on campus perform better academically and graduate earlier than their off-campus counterparts!
Like UNI, the Cedar Valley (what we call the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area) is the perfect mix of small-enough-to-know-your-neighbors and big-enough-to-never-be-bored (total population is around 260,000). Find music, comedy clubs and nightlife, waterparks, restaurants in just about any cuisine, shopping, coffee shops, parks, nature hikes, 300+ miles of bike trails, and dozens of annual festivals and celebrations.
Not only is UNI's campus safe, it offers a wide array of campus centers, filled with people there to support your student with whatever they might need. Our on-campus Student Health Center is available for students' physical and mental health needs. The Learning Center provides academic advising, tutoring, and writing and math assistance. Gender and Sexuality Services, Center for Multicultural Education, Student Accessibility Services and Military and Veterans Student Services also serve our students.
Applying: What to Expect
Steps to becoming a Panther!
1. Apply for Admission
2. Submit the UNI Scholarship Application.
3. Accept your offer of admission.
4. Start your housing contract
5. File your FAFSA
6. Register for orientation
7. Select your housing
8. Send final transcripts
9. Take Alexs math exam
10. Orientation, Move in, Panther Welcome
Important Dates and Deadlines
Housing Contract Opens
FAFSA Priority Deadline
UNI Scholarship Application Priority Deadline
Orientation Registration Opens
Receive Your Financial Aid Offer
Housing Self-Selection Begins
Orientation Sessions Held
Panther Welcome Held
Weekend before classes begin
Fall Semester Begins
Admitted: What to expect
Financial Aid Counselors
Financial aid can be overwhelming and hard to understand. Our financial aid experts are available to guide you through completing your FAFSA, understanding your financial aid offer and answering any questions you may have. Choose to meet with a counselor in person or by virtual appointment.