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UNI continues to be ranked among the top Midwest public universities on the 'U.S. News & World Report' list

September 13, 2011

Ben Allen, UNI President, 319-273-2566,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the "Best Regional Universities (Midwest)" category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2012 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate. UNI also was 16th on a combined list of all public and private Midwest regional universities -- one of only three public institutions to make the list of top-20 Midwest regionals. 

"It's an honor to be considered one of the best universities in the Midwest," said Benjamin Allen, UNI president. "We know our students receive a high-quality education at UNI. Our faculty and staff strive to provide our students with personalized and diverse educational experiences needed for today's global economy. UNI is committed to providing students the best academic programs and experiences to excel in their careers."

For more information about the college rankings, visit Highlights of UNI's other national rankings and awards can be found at