"UIU was the perfect place, in partnership with NICC, for me to finish my degree! Not only upon graduation was I certified to go teach, but the professional staff within the Education department really went out of their way to help finding a school to teach in."Neal BentleyClass of 2006Industrial Technology MajorIndustrial Technology Teacher, North Fayette Valley High School

"UIU was the perfect place, in partnership with NICC, for me to finish my degree! Not only upon graduation was I certified to go teach, but the professional staff within the Education department really went out of their way to help finding a school to teach in."

Neal Bentley
Class of 2006
Industrial Technology Major
Industrial Technology Teacher, North Fayette Valley High School

“I was well-prepared for graduate school because of the class structure at Upper Iowa University. With eight week terms, I was able to learn and retain course material and also learned which study module works best for me. The professors are always available for questions, and what we learned in the classroom was always applied to real life situations to help us grasp the concepts better. Another added plus was the smaller class sizes. I was able to focus on the content and concentrate fully.”
Kristin Day Class of 2013 Biology Major Attending Graduate School at Rosalind Franklin University (Pathologist Assistant Program)

I was well-prepared for graduate school because of the class structure at Upper Iowa University. With eight week terms, I was able to learn and retain course material and also learned which study module works best for me. The professors are always available for questions, and what we learned in the classroom was always applied to real life situations to help us grasp the concepts better. Another added plus was the smaller class sizes. I was able to focus on the content and concentrate fully.”

Kristin Day
Class of 2013
Biology Major
Attending Graduate School at Rosalind Franklin University (Pathologist Assistant Program)

"The professors at Upper Iowa University’s Andres School of Education made it possible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming an educator. This group of professors have challenged my thinking and prepared me for the work field. I have always known that I wanted to help students at the secondary level of education prior to coming to Upper Iowa. Even though I love working with children at the younger age levels, I feel that secondary education is the last opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young adults before they head out into life after school. I feel my endorsement in secondary reading has allowed me to stay focused on my mission of making sure students leave school with the skills to survive in society at what ever level they may be heading into. Because of this program I have mastered strategies that will improve students’ fluency, comprehension and overall reading skills. I am both excited and blessed to now apply my education teaching in the North Fayette Valley School district, where I will continue to work to be an advocate for the next generation and challenge students to be all that they can be. I cannot thank the Upper Iowa professors of education enough for the experiences I have gained in this program! "Alicia MartinClass of 2013Reading MajorNorth Fayette Valley High School Special Education and ESL Teacher

"The professors at Upper Iowa University’s Andres School of Education made it possible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming an educator. This group of professors have challenged my thinking and prepared me for the work field. I have always known that I wanted to help students at the secondary level of education prior to coming to Upper Iowa. Even though I love working with children at the younger age levels, I feel that secondary education is the last opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young adults before they head out into life after school. I feel my endorsement in secondary reading has allowed me to stay focused on my mission of making sure students leave school with the skills to survive in society at what ever level they may be heading into. Because of this program I have mastered strategies that will improve students’ fluency, comprehension and overall reading skills. I am both excited and blessed to now apply my education teaching in the North Fayette Valley School district, where I will continue to work to be an advocate for the next generation and challenge students to be all that they can be. I cannot thank the Upper Iowa professors of education enough for the experiences I have gained in this program! "

Alicia Martin
Class of 2013
Reading Major
North Fayette Valley High School Special Education and ESL Teacher

"Upper Iowa University has provided me with the best college experience I could have imagined. I have spent the past four years meeting wonderful people while working with amazing faculty and staff who would do anything to help one succeed. The small class sizes has given me the opportunity to not only learn, but create relationships within them. I am so happy with my decision to attend such a wonderful school.” 
Emily SparksClass of 2013Exercise and Sports Science MajorIntern with the Upper Iowa University Athletic Department

"Upper Iowa University has provided me with the best college experience I could have imagined. I have spent the past four years meeting wonderful people while working with amazing faculty and staff who would do anything to help one succeed. The small class sizes has given me the opportunity to not only learn, but create relationships within them. I am so happy with my decision to attend such a wonderful school.” 

Emily Sparks
Class of 2013
Exercise and Sports Science Major
Intern with the Upper Iowa University Athletic Department

"The best thing about being a sociology major is that the sociology professors are very passionate about teaching it. They make what could be very boring and repetitive, interesting and they challenge students to not just learn it for the sake of earning a grade, but to actually understand it. They apply the concepts and theories to real life and current events which makes them easier to understand. The materials and resources available are also very helpful."
Jessica DunlapClass of 2013Sociology and Criminal Justice Major
 

"The best thing about being a sociology major is that the sociology professors are very passionate about teaching it. They make what could be very boring and repetitive, interesting and they challenge students to not just learn it for the sake of earning a grade, but to actually understand it. They apply the concepts and theories to real life and current events which makes them easier to understand. The materials and resources available are also very helpful."

Jessica Dunlap
Class of 2013
Sociology and Criminal Justice Major

 

"The agricultural business program at Upper Iowa really prepared me for being a field sales agronomist. The program provided me with the skill and experiences needed to be successful in my profession. If it wasn’t for UIU, I wouldn’t be where I am today!"
Matt NortonClass of 2009Agricultural Business MajorField Sales Agronomist

"The agricultural business program at Upper Iowa really prepared me for being a field sales agronomist. The program provided me with the skill and experiences needed to be successful in my profession. If it wasn’t for UIU, I wouldn’t be where I am today!"

Matt Norton
Class of 2009
Agricultural Business Major
Field Sales Agronomist

"I enjoyed my major at UIU mostly because of the professors I encountered. My professors were very passionate about the subjects that they taught and in turn it made me excited to learn about what they were teaching. My global marketing class really opened my eyes to what it would be like to market a product to another country as well as how to successfully enter a market in another country. Our professor gave us real life situations and put us into groups to work out the solutions as if we were a marketing team within a company. When I think about what I do now in my job, I am so appreciative for these experiences because I DO work for a global organization, these problems DO occur in real life and I DO have to work with others to solve them. I am so grateful for having had such great professors and classmates who made being a marketing major at UIU fun and worthwhile. Without the hands on experience I would not be able to translate what I learned in the classroom to skills in the workplace.” 
Allyssa JosephBusiness and Marketing MajorClass of 2012Director of Annual Giving at Upper Iowa University

"I enjoyed my major at UIU mostly because of the professors I encountered. My professors were very passionate about the subjects that they taught and in turn it made me excited to learn about what they were teaching. My global marketing class really opened my eyes to what it would be like to market a product to another country as well as how to successfully enter a market in another country. Our professor gave us real life situations and put us into groups to work out the solutions as if we were a marketing team within a company. When I think about what I do now in my job, I am so appreciative for these experiences because I DO work for a global organization, these problems DO occur in real life and I DO have to work with others to solve them. I am so grateful for having had such great professors and classmates who made being a marketing major at UIU fun and worthwhile. Without the hands on experience I would not be able to translate what I learned in the classroom to skills in the workplace.” 

Allyssa Joseph
Business and Marketing Major
Class of 2012
Director of Annual Giving at Upper Iowa University

"I loved studying at Upper Iowa University because it is like a big family. The campus environment allows everyone to know each other. It is amazing how much teachers care for each single student and help everyone to achieve their best. I also absolutely loved the diversity here. Despite the fact that the campus is small, I have studied with individuals from 30 different countries. Coming to UIU, everyone has the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and learn to communicate with people from different cultures and with different backgrounds. It stimulates students to become open-minded. I loved the opportunities for involvement including a variety of clubs, community service opportunities and a chance to study abroad if you are willing to.”  
Alexandra SurduClass of 2013Elementary Education Major

"I loved studying at Upper Iowa University because it is like a big family. The campus environment allows everyone to know each other. It is amazing how much teachers care for each single student and help everyone to achieve their best. I also absolutely loved the diversity here. Despite the fact that the campus is small, I have studied with individuals from 30 different countries. Coming to UIU, everyone has the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and learn to communicate with people from different cultures and with different backgrounds. It stimulates students to become open-minded. I loved the opportunities for involvement including a variety of clubs, community service opportunities and a chance to study abroad if you are willing to.”  

Alexandra Surdu
Class of 2013
Elementary Education Major

“At Upper Iowa University, I enjoyed the class sizes and the passion the faculty has for the continued excellence of UIU’s education program. The approachability of the teachers was excellent as they know you by name and not a number.”
Joey LapelClass of 2012 Elementary Education Major Graduate Assistant for UIU Intramurals and Adventure

At Upper Iowa University, I enjoyed the class sizes and the passion the faculty has for the continued excellence of UIU’s education program. The approachability of the teachers was excellent as they know you by name and not a number.”

Joey Lapel
Class of 2012
Elementary Education Major
Graduate Assistant for UIU Intramurals and Adventure


"Upper Iowa University helped me find my identity and my love for writing. The communication curriculum challenges students to think outside the box, and to really express feelings through writing. Being able to work in a classroom setting with a 13:1 student-to-professor ratio has kept me involved and confident in my abilities. 
Being at Upper Iowa University in the town of Fayette really matured me as a young man. I’ve met life long friends, and have had unforgettable moments here, both in athletics and academically. All of these moments during my time at UIU have guided and led me to the position that I am in today.”
Cedric Collins Jr.Class of 2013Communication Studies Major Freelance Writer for the Wednesday Journal in Oak Park, Illinois.

"Upper Iowa University helped me find my identity and my love for writing. The communication curriculum challenges students to think outside the box, and to really express feelings through writing. Being able to work in a classroom setting with a 13:1 student-to-professor ratio has kept me involved and confident in my abilities. 

Being at Upper Iowa University in the town of Fayette really matured me as a young man. I’ve met life long friends, and have had unforgettable moments here, both in athletics and academically. All of these moments during my time at UIU have guided and led me to the position that I am in today.”

Cedric Collins Jr.
Class of 2013
Communication Studies Major
Freelance Writer for the Wednesday Journal in Oak Park, Illinois.