Building brighter futures, one step at a time

Empowering our students to chase their dreams, discover new ideas, become engaged citizens and to lead – whether it’s locally or globally. This is what we exist to do, and it all starts here, with our strategic plan. Get to know our mission, vision and values.

Our Vision: 

Offering personalized attention to students, the University of Northern Iowa will be an inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education, empowering students to lead locally and globally.


Our Mission:

The University of Northern Iowa engages students in high-quality and high-impact learning experiences and emphasizes excellence in teaching and scholarship.


Our Values:

As a university community we are guided by the following core values:

Academic Freedom (the freedom of inquiry and expression in teaching and scholarship); Accountability; Collaboration; Community; Diversity; Engagement; and Sustainability.


Strategic Projects

The University of Northern Iowa will soon undergo a project to modernize and expand the Industrial Technology Center, home of UNI's Department of Technology. 

This extensive endeavor will transform the facility to better meet Iowa’s workforce needs in technology, manufacturing and construction fields. The three-year modernization project will update and expand the facility, serving the needs of today’s students and ensuring UNI's Department or Technology can prepare Iowa's industry leaders for tomorrow.

Industrial Technology Center
A community-wide effort to strengthen and uplift the greater Cedar Valley through the arts. 

The vision is to raise awareness of the rich array of arts already taking place, infuse the arts into all aspects of the community, and to grow audiences, art organization capacities, and the number of practicing artists.

Students painting a mural