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Degree: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Graduation Year: 2015

I really liked the University of Northern Iowa because to me, it felt like a "home away from home". For me, these were perhaps some of my best 5 years of school I've ever had. One aspect that really helped me through my whole college career was being part of the Panther Marching Band, the greatest band band in the Midwest. One week before school would start, in the Fall, all of the marching band students and staff would be on campus to begin work on our half-time shows that we would perform for the year. During that time, each member in each section get to know each other. There were fun activities that were held each night after a long day of practice to help everyone relax and get to know each other. I have made some of my life-long best friends through marching band. The biggest selling point for me, when I was choosing which school to go to for my undergraduate career was the school's chemistry/biochemistry department. Did the program seem open and welcoming to in-coming students? Did the teachers seem open to students and encourage the students to come and ask questions when they didn't understand something? These were just some of the questions that I asked myself when I went out on campus tours during my senior year in high school. I toured the 3 big colleges in Iowa: Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. While all 3 schools had great chemistry/biochemistry departments, I was sold by what the University of Northern Iowa showed me. The teachers at UNI seemed to be more friendly, inviting, and were open to working with students to reach their full potentials. Also, at UNI, with research, the students are the ones who get to work with the instrumentation. The other 2 schools, to me, seemed to be more focused on showing off their big fancy labs and instrumentation. Iowa State and the University of Iowa didn't seem to be as interested in helping students reach their full potentials in their future endeavors. The teachers at UNI helped me become the person that I am today, especially the faculty on the chemistry/biochemistry floor. Every day on the floor, teachers would always have their doors open, letting students know that they are welcome to drop by at anytime, either to ask a question about an assignment, or get some life advice. The teachers weren't just great educators, they were also great role models. No matter, if you were having a just plain old bad day, I could always go talk with someone and they would automatically make me feel better in any situation. Another big thing that I'm grateful that UNI provided me was the hands-on learning experience with different types of instrumentation. Through my classes, I was exposed to a wide variety of instruments and analytical techniques, ranging from atomic adsorption (AA) to fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Another great thing that UNI provided was, if a student participated in research, we were given an opportunity to attend a national chemistry conference. At the conference, I gained an opportunity to learn how to network, which has been a valuable life skill later in life. I'm grateful to have had all of the experiences, adventures, and opportunities that were provided to me by UNI. I wouldn't change a thing about it! Go CATS!

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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I loved UNI! I was able to gain an education for my undergraduate studies in the field of speech-language pathology. The professors were all extremely helpful not only teaching in the classroom but guiding me in my professional career decisions. With the help of my professors, I had the opportunity to be accepted into a wonderful graduate program!

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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 1986

I attended the University of Northern Iowa from 1982-1984 and then transferred to Buena Vista College to complete my degree. Both programs were exceptional! I was an Academic Assistant for my education professors, and this was a terrific experience for me. I was also the recipient of the Senior Award in Elementary Education for my class.

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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012

UNI made me the teacher I am today! It was great school that prepared me for my career! I had great teachers who cared about their students and gave us the attention needed to succeed. I often reflect back on my learning at UNI when making educational decisions or implementing new strategies.

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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2009

The University of Northern Iowa is a great school if you want to become an educator. This school got me prepared and made it easy to go off and get an education job without worrying. The size and location of this school makes you feel right at home and everyone up there is there to help you get a great degree. I encourage everyone to take a look at this school!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2007

Great Program with Great Professors. Would highly recommend anyone who is choosing this career path to go to UNI.

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Degree: Public Health Education and Promotion
Graduation Year: 2013

I grew personally, socially, academically and so much more during my time at UNI. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013

I absolutely loved my time at UNI. I feel fortunate to have attended a university that began as a teachers college and has maintained its strong program and reputation.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2011

UNI is a great college with a lot of options, but small enough to not make you feel like you are alone

5 out of 5
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Degree: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2012

UNI was a wonderful school! It was the perfect size for me and it allowed many opportunities. I was able to participate on intramural sports including rugby and the campus gym was wonderful. I also studied abroad my sophomore year in Ireland, that experience changed my life and I made lifelong friends in the process.

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