Affiliate Institutions

Upper Iowa University

The Upper Iowa Center in Alexandria, LA, opened in 2006, relocating from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The center is located in the Learning Center for Rapides Parish and is part of a consortium of 11 colleges and universities to provide for the educational goals and career development of the citizens of Central Louisiana. The center offers seven majors and three minors on site. Additionally, it can offer courses that when blended with our distance learning programs can lead to a degree in 12 other majors. There are six eight-week terms offered each academic year. All classes are offered at the LCRP in the evenings to minimize disruption to working adult learners. Upper Iowa has articulation agreements with Baton Rouge, Bossier Parish, Delgado, Nunez, River Parishes and LSU-E to assist transfer students. We have also partnered with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Louisiana State Troopers Association.

100% Face to Face at the LCRP

  • AA Criminal Justice
  • AA Psychology
  • AA Liberal Arts
  • AA General Business
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Management
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Psychology
  • BS Social Science
  • BS Human Services
  • BS Public Administration

LCRP/Online Combo

  • BS Accounting
  • BS Financial Management
  • BS Health Services Administration
  • BS Marketing
  • BS Human Resource Management
  • BA Liberal Arts
  • BA Communication
  • BA Graphic Design
  • BS Emergency & Disaster Mgmt
  • BA Sociology
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Information Systems
Meredith Lachney
Center Director
Phone: 318-484-2184 Ext. 121

Ashley Nelson
Office Manager
Phone: 318-484-2184 Ext. 121

*Over 20 Adjunct Faculty on Staff

UIU educational centers and distance education provide off-campus learning opportunities for students everywhere. Our growing number of education centers, including several on military bases, are currently located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. We also have international centers. Global access is available through our distance education programs, which include online and independent study courses.

If you will be earning your degree through one of these modalities, you will be part of our Academic Extension (AE) program and should follow the AE catalog and requirements.

Upper Iowa University online offers 17 majors in post-secondary degree programs to learners worldwide as well as five certificate programs and three master’s degree programs. Not all majors are offered at all locations. Please visit our Academic Extension centers’ webpages to learn more detailed information about a location near you. And if your location doesn’t include the academic program you want, make sure to check out the Upper Iowa distance education program to find out whether your courses can be taken online or through independent study.

UIU educational centers in the United States and UIU online programs require students to have graduated from a regionally accredited and/or state-recognized public or private high school or to have successfully completed your GED. For online programs, Upper Iowa requires at least a 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for any previous college course work.

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2014 - 15 Academic Year

  • Term 1 (August 25, 2014 - October 19, 2014)
  • Term 2 (October 20, 2014 - December 15, 2014)
  • Term 3 (January 5, 2015 - March 1, 2015)
  • Term 4 (March 2, 2015 - May 3, 2015)
  • Term 5 (May 4, 2015 - June 28, 2015)
  • Term 6 (June 29, 2015 - August 23, 2015)