At UNI, we do two things to make your life easier and make sure you can finish your degree quickly. First, we work to make transferring your credits almost as easy as transferring funds on Venmo. Almost. And second, no matter how much college you’ve already attended, we work with you to graduate from UNI as fast as possible. Pinky swear.
What you need to know
Let’s get the first question out of the way. Am I a transfer student? If you’ve attended another college or university or enrolled in college level courses since graduating from high school, you are a transfer student. We love our transfer students. In fact, more than 30% of our students are transfers, so you’re in good company alongside other students making a change. At every step of the way from credit transfers and registration, to housing and getting off to a good start, we’ll make transferring to UNI easy.
Submit your application
Pay the $40 application fee
An application fee waiver is available for qualified/eligible students.
Send official transcripts from all colleges attended. If you completed two years (or more) of foreign language in high school, have a high school transcript sent as well. Unofficial transcripts can be used when submitting your application. Simply email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and send an official transcript upon completion at your current college). For transcripts to be considered official, it must be sent directly from the institution to UNI. Transcripts can be sent electronically by email or via mail to the Office of Admissions.
Transfer Student Admission Requirements
Transfer students applying to the University of Northern Iowa are evaluated primarily on their cumulative grade point average (GPA) from their previous institution(s).
The minimum cumulative GPA required for admission to UNI varies with the number of credits acceptable for transfer. Transfer students must have (or exceed) the following combination of GPA and total graded semester hours.
Transferable Credit Hours
Grade Point Average*
|1-24||2.25 + High School Requirements*|
*Applicants transferring with 24 or fewer transferrable credits must also meet the admissions requirements for students entering directly from high school.
Majors with Additional Requirements
Use these tools to see how your courses will transfer.
Here’s a variety of tools and programs to help you evaluate how your coursework will transfer to UNI.
Send us your transcript
and we'll review it.
Upload your transcript and a member of the Transfer Team will reach out to schedule a follow-up appointment so you can walk through where you stand, together.
Transfer Connection Program
Be a part of a program that’s designed to make your transition from a community college to UNI an easy one. You’ll receive advising from UNI and get connected with resources and people here on campus (all while still attending your current college).