Students studying finance at the University of Northern Iowa are given a firm foundation in the essential concepts of finance and the critical-decision processes needed by finance professionals in today’s volatile business environment.
The finance faculty serve as mentors and advisors to business students during their undergraduate years at UNI. Classes average between 30 and 40 students for courses within the finance major.
The Finance Department works with Iowa businesses, the UNI Career Center, the Finance Department Advisory Board, and the Real Estate Education Program Advisory Council to develop internship and cooperative education opportunities for finance students. Every year, 50 to 60 students complete cooperative education assignments working for companies such as Equitable of Iowa, Principal Financial, Aegon, Hubbell Realty, AmerUs, Wells Fargo, Firstar Bank Corp., New York Life Insurance Co., Johnston Financial Services, Generations Financial, Life Investors, American Financial Management, Piper Jaffray, Lincoln Savings Bank, GMAC Mortgage, Cedar Valley Hospice, Allen Hospital and Covenant Hospital.
Suggested certificates, minors and skills
International Business Certificate
Certificate in Training and Development
Computer Skills (Word Processing, Spread Sheet, Database Management)
Iowa is home to some of the largest banks, insurers and financial institutions in the United States; financial services is the largest industry in Iowa. Most UNI finance and real estate graduates find permanent employment throughout the Midwest. Each year the Department of Finance sponsors a resume book for graduating seniors that is disseminated to prospective employers, members of the Finance Advisory Board and alumni. During the last five years, 60 to 72 percent of our graduating seniors have accepted permanent positions prior to commencement. The department works with the UNI Career Center to expand the number of companies recruiting on campus. UNI finance graduates are sought because of the department’s emphasis on practical finance and the encouragement of student cooperative education assignments.
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Nationally recognized teaching faculty: two Fulbright Awards for international study, one State Farm Dissertation Fellowship, one Kemper Research Fellowship and one AACSB Federal Faculty Fellowship
A financial services and real estate program providing faculty with extensive teaching, work and research experience in the fields of banking, insurance, investments, commercial real estate, financial planning and asset management, mortgage banking, and real estate appraisal
A chartered financial analysts program that provides financial support and instruction to prepare students for level one of the CFA exam
Two student-managed equity portfolios
Scholarship funding for majors in finance and real estate: Firstar Bank Scholarship, Chartered Financial Analyst Scholarships, Hawkeye Bank Scholarships, Healthcare Financial Management Association Scholarship, Financial Executives Institute Scholarship, CCIM Scholarship, IAR Scholarship, Mel Foster Co., Tom Nordstrom, Koestner Scholarship, SIOR Scholarship, IREM scholarship, Appraisal Institute, eight scholarships from the Iowa Association of Realtors Foundation, the Trapp Realtor Scholarship and the Lloyd Van Solen Scholarship
Two lectureship series which bring in nationally recognized speakers in banking and real estate: the Firstar Lecture Series in Financial Institutions and The Emerging Issues Conference in Real Estate
The College of Business Administration is housed in the 100,000-square-foot, $10.2 million Curris Business Building completed in 1990. Computer laboratories and computer-assisted classrooms provide students with access to state-of-the-art software and technology. Computer linkages across campus, the nation and the world enable students to access databases and a vast array of resources for solving business problems.
Academic & Social Organizations
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
Financial Management Association
International Club of Business Students
Phi Beta Lambda FBLA
Rho Epsilon -- Real Estate
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Students in Retailing/Students in Free Enterprise (SIR/SIFE)
Every year the UNI Department of Finance awards approximately $20,000 in scholarships to our majors in Finance and Real Estate. In addition, many of our students complete cooperative education assignments where they receive income and mentoring in the areas of finance, banking, real estate, financial planning, investments or insurance.
More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.