Finish your degree at UNI!

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. 

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.

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*

1-242.25 + 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

Some majors have additional requirements to get into upper-level courses — EducationBusinessMusicCommunication Disorders, and Social Work are a few.

Additionally,  if you are considering majoring in Music, Art & Design, Computer Science, or Construction Management, please contact for advice on transfer coursework.

Transfer Inquiry Form

ADM Transfer RFI

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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.

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Meet one-on-one with your
admissions counselor. 

Set up an appointment for a virtual meeting between you and your counselor to discuss admission requirements, transfer credits, next steps and more. 

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Check out the scholarships
specifically for transfer students. 

There are scholarships you'll be automatically considered for upon admission and others that will require additional applicants. 

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Join our

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).