We invite you to schedule a phone conversation with an admissions advisor to learn more about our educational opportunities. You may also attend an open house at one of our education centers to learn more about the distance learning programs.
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Returning to college can be challenging for adults who are balancing a career, family, and community obligations. UIU can help you complete your undergraduate or graduate degree in a traditional campus setting, with evening and weekend classes at one of our education centers, in online classes, in self-paced classes, or by combining classroom, online, and/or self-paced classes in a manner that suits your needs and allows you to finish on your schedule. Students enroll for 1 or 2 full-credit courses at a time during the 8-week term. Six terms are offered each year allowing students to start in any term. The programs are supported by dedicated faculty members of Upper Iowa University who are successful and knowledgeable experts in their given fields. We want to make your degree completion as convenient as possible!
What is Distance Learning?
Upper Iowa is a nationally recognized leader in distance education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can study in our award-winning distance learning Online Program or our Self Paced Degree Program. Students have global access, with no need to be on campus for a residency requirement. We serve over 3,000 degree-seeking students from around the world through the Center for Distance Education.
UIU’s Online Program offers asynchronous courses so that you can attend class anytime during the day or night. You will actively and substantively participate in discussions on course topics that enhance your learning. The Online Program offers six eight-week terms each year so that you never need to wait more than two months to start classes.
UIU's Self-Paced Degree Program (formerly Independent Study Program) started in 1973 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Students receive personalized attention through one-on-one interactions with instructors while enjoying the flexibility of studying at their own pace. Self-Paced Degree courses are offered in both paper and web formats and all courses can be completed at a distance - no on-campus attendance is required. The Self-Paced Paper format is structured around written assignments and proctored exams while the Self-Paced Web format offers a web-based platform for assignment submission and course completion. You may enroll in a Self-Paced Degree course at the beginning of each calendar month during the year.
Ways to Learn
We offer two distance learning programs to provide you with the flexibility you need to complete your degree. The comparison chart provides helpful information to select the most appropriate learning method.
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Although the list is always subject to change, these programs and majors (descriptions of the majors) are currently offered through the Center for Distance Education:
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Upper Iowa University
Center for Distance Education
PO Box 1857
Fayette, IA 52142-1857
Toll Free Telephone: 800-553-4150 (daytime or after-hours voice mail)
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