The counseling program at the University of Northern Iowa offers students innovative and cutting-edge opportunities. Students in the counseling program can emphasize in either clinical mental health counseling or school counseling.

The UNI counseling program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and is devoted to providing a culturally and developmentally responsive education in which students are encouraged and challenged to be exemplary counselors, innovative practitioners and active agents of social justice in a diverse world through practical experiences and rigorous academic expectations.

Our clinical mental health counseling program was the first accredited program in the nation. UNI was also one of the first programs nationally to prepare K through 12 and elementary school counselors. Our training clinic was recently renovated and expanded to a state-of-the-art facility. We have multiple counseling rooms and one group room all with camera and taping options with interactive technology in the central classroom.

In fall 2007, our program began utilizing the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE), which is used in more than 240 universities. Our students continue to have a 98 percent pass rate for this exam and for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) since implementation.

UNI’s counseling program caters to student needs by providing one-on-one advising, intimate class size and small student-to-faculty ratios. Classes are largely based upon interactive discussion and application of counseling skills. Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through a rigorous practicum and internship with highly skilled and trained professionals currently in the field.

Our graduate programs in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling have been nationally CACREP accredited since 1990.


If you’ve taken courses at a two- or four-year institution other than UNI and want to get an idea of what courses will transfer, check out our Transfer Plan-It tool at



As the international honor society for counseling students and professionals, the Upsilon Nu Iota (UNI) chapter of CSI represents a group of students and alumni striving to promote academic excellence, wellness and professional identity in the counseling field.


The counseling program offers graduate assistantship positions in the School of Applied Human Sciences for students to work alongside professors to compile invigorating research, revamp the program, and represent the staff and students of the counseling program in a positive manner. Students also have the opportunity to receive one of two scholarships offered through the program, including the Robert L. Frank Scholarship and the Norene A. Smith School Counseling Scholarship.


Get to know the current students of the counseling programs in addition to the successful alumni. The counseling programs have done an excellent job of keeping a solid connection between students and alumni, allowing for professional connections in the field of counseling to continue to grow.


96% of last years students are continuing their education or employed


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Licensed Professional School Counselor

College Counselor

Community Agency Counselor

Crisis Counselors

Career Counselors

Private Practice Counselors


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Roberto Swazo
Counseling Programs Coordinator
Associate Professor
Phone: 319.273.2675

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