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UNI to expedite application process for new students

July 12, 2012

Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs, 319-273-2332,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa has made it easier and more student-friendly for high school students to apply to the university. Beginning Sept. 1, freshmen applicants will self-report their high school course work, test scores, grade point average and class rank when they apply for admission. Freshmen applicants will no longer need to submit an official high school transcript or official ACT and/or SAT test scores for an admission decision to be made.

This new application process will allow for more effective, high-quality customer service for UNI students and families. Families and high school counselors will be able to reduce the amount of paper copies that used to be required.

"We want students to be able to apply earlier and receive quicker admission decisions," said Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs. "We are living in a society where instantaneous communication is a must. We have a great product to offer at UNI, and we want to make sure students know in a timely fashion that we want them here."

This change is effective for first-year/freshmen applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Transfer and international applicants will continue to submit official transcripts and test scores to receive an admission decision.

Freshmen applicants will receive one of three decisions, usually within 48 hours of submitting an application: admitted, not admitted or referred to committee for individual review. Students whose applications are referred to committee will receive a communication within a week informing them of a decision or a need for additional documentation. Committee decisions will be made on a rolling basis as additional documentation is received.

Admitted students will need to submit their final official transcript and test scores as soon as possible upon graduation from high school and no later than July 15.

Self-reported admission processes have become an emerging trend with many institutions across the country. This change will allow UNI to be more competitive with recruitment in the state and throughout the U.S.