Student Success and Retention

Mother and daughter at Orientation
Students playing game at Orientation
Students on campus tour
Students at Orientation
decorative wall with University of Northern Iowa on it, campanile and Rod Library in the background
Students blowing bubbles
Student tour on campus
UNI Business Faculty Member with a student

First Year Only Courses

Two students in the library

Every first-year student at UNI has the opportunity to enroll in a first-year only Liberal Arts Core course. This classroom experience connects you to a faculty member who will assist you through the transition to college, a peer mentor who will provide support inside and outside the classroom, and a tight-knit community of other first-year students who are also experiencing their first semester at UNI.