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May 27, 2015

More than 1,600 students graduated from the University of Northern Iowa this spring, which means the majority of that group will be entering the workforce.

Did you know:

  • 97% of UNI's 2013-14 graduates are employed or are continuing their education?

  • 9/10 students from Iowa stayed in Iowa?

  • 4/10 students from out-of-state stayed in Iowa?

  • 2/3 students who leave Iowa indicate they want to return in the future?

Read about some of our successful alumni who made the most of their UNI education and decided to stay in Iowa after graduation.

Erica Hill '13

B.S. in Manufacturing Technology: Metal Casting and Design Manufacturing

Erica is currently an engineer at the John Deere Waterloo Foundry where she is responsible for improving the quality of castings and reducing cost in the business.

"I was offered a full-time position at the John Deere Foundry in Waterloo as a junior in college. It was a great opportunity, and I knew then I was in the right field and on the right track for my career."

Erica Hill in the UNI foundry

Andrea Alert '13

M.M. in Music Performance

Andrea currently works at West Music in Cedar Falls as a violin, viola and cello studio teacher.

"Graduating from UNI means that I will be successful in everything I do. Although it wasn't easy, I was still able to find success at UNI and I hope that will continue into whatever I do in the future."

Andrea Alert

Brian Murphy '13

B.A. in English Education

Brian is the only English teacher at the Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama, Iowa.

"Simply put, graduating from UNI was a reassurance that I would find a job as a teacher in Iowa."

Brian Murphy

Phil Musson '13

B.A. in Management: Organizational Leadership and Spanish

Phil is part of the Leadership Development Program at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines.

"I'll look back on my time at UNI with nothing but great memories of time spent with some pretty fantastic people."
Phil Musson