UNI at DMACC Partnership

DMACC President Rob Denson and UNI President Mark Nook sign an agreement creating the UNI at DMACC program

The University of Northern Iowa and the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) entered into a brand-new partnership to allow DMACC students a simpler pathway to a four-year degree without having to leave Des Moines.

The new program, known as “UNI at DMACC”, allows students to complete the first two years at DMACC and the final two years at the DMACC Urban Campus through UNI. Students are able to earn a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree. The intention of the program is to make a four-year degree more accessible to DMACC students while eliminating the obstacles caused by relocation.

This partnership is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of conversations between UNI President Mark Nook and DMACC President Rob Denson. DMACC’s urban campus currently has over 5,000 students enrolled, and the program is set to begin in the fall of 2020. While this is the first time UNI will have a physical presence in Des Moines, the schools have shared a partnership for over twenty years.  

“The Liberal Studies degree at DMACC’s Urban Campus is a demonstration of our commitment to finding new ways of bringing a four-year degree to students across the state of Iowa, no matter their location,” Nook said. “This degree has large employability and opens many doors for graduates. We are grateful for our long partnership with DMACC and are excited to provide an accessible education to Des Moines-based students through this innovative program.”