Lifelong Learners - Lifelong Success

Online & Distance Education provides access to high-quality educational opportunities through a variety of methods, technologies and exemplary support services. 

With more than 40 rigorous graduate, undergraduate, certificate and endorsement programs, our faculty focus on linking theory to practice to improve achievement and to provide you with an affordable, rewarding pathway toward reaching personal and professional goals.

Online & Distance Education and Individual Studies are departments within the Division of Continuing Education & Special Programs at the University of Northern Iowa.


Best online college in Iowa

UNI was named #1 best online college in Iowa by College Choice in 2020.


Top in the nation

Ranked among the top 25% nationally in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Master's in Education Programs" in 2021. 


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UNI maintained its rank as the Midwest’s second-best regional public university in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” report.