Culture and Intensive English Program

Rankings & Awards

#6 Best State to Live

In 2011, Iowa was ranked as the 6th best state to live by Morgan Quitno Press.  This ranking was given based on 44 livability factors including: entertainment, family, income, housing, available transportation and job opportunities.

Great American Main Street

Each year, the National Trust Main Street Center (NTMSC) awards the Great American Main Street Award to five communities in the United States.  In 2002, Cedar Falls received this award for exemplifying the use of Main Street to revitalize downtown traditions and neighborhoods.

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

The CIEP is accredited by the Commission on English Program Accreditation (CEA) under the authority of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The CEA regularly reviews and regulates standards for intensive English programs wishing to be accredited. The CEA is the only officially recognized accrediting body in the United States and programs achieving accreditation status must undergo a rigorous process which includes a site visit, self-study report, and subsequent updates and reports after initial accreditation. For more information, visit the CEA website at:

American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)

The UNI CIEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs. This association is a group of 300 institutions in the United States who are either ACCET or CEA accredited or operate under a college or university that is accredited. This prestigious group strives to provide the highest quality of education to students. For more information visit the AAIEP website at:

University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)

UNI CIEP is one of only three universities in Iowa to become a member of the UCIEP. This group was founded in 1967 and works to promote excellence in intensive English programs by providing quality curriculum, instruction and administration. For more information visit the UCIEP website at:

#15 Best Midwest University – U.S. News

In 2011, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) was ranked the 15th best university in the Midwest by U.S. News.  These rankings are based on a variety of factors including: graduation rates, campus life, academic offerings, activities, sports, cost, availability of financial aid, peer assessments, quality of faculty, class size, and financial resources.

Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Gold Award

In 2011, UNI received the gold award from the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System.  The award was given based on the sustainability progress of UNI’s education, research, operations, planning, administration, and innovation. UNI is the only institution in Iowa that has achieved the Gold STAR status.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Finalist

In 2010, UNI was a finalist in the United States President’s Higher Education Community Service Roll. UNI has consistently placed on this honor roll which recognizes colleges and universities in the United States for their dedication to community service. UNI is the only university in Iowa to be named a finalist for this award.

Visit the UNI website for a full list of the University of Northern Iowa's National Rankings and Awards.