CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa was recently ranked at the top of the annual Best College Food in Iowa by Niche.com for the fourth time in five years (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020).
UNI also received national rank of No. 38 out of 1,385 traditional four-year colleges and universities.
The Best College Food ranking is based on meal plan costs and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding on-campus dining where students can easily access healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences.
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“I attribute this recognition primarily to our experienced and talented professional staff. They are dedicated to serving our students and helping them succeed,” said Janet Despard, director of dining services. “We take pride in preparing many of our menu items completely from scratch, including soups, sauces, entrees and bakery items, which are all made fresh daily in-house.”
UNI has two all-you-care-to-eat dining centers conveniently located on the north (Rialto) and south (Piazza) side of campus, as well as several smaller markets where students can purchase freshly prepared sushi, healthy rice bowls, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches and more.
Niche is a research site that blends community reviews with data to help people explore colleges. They’ve been helping students and parents make the decision about where to go to college for more than 15 years.
6-foot-2, 196 pounds
Andregg was a jack-of-all trades for the Spartans who finished 12-1. He rushed 51 times for 250 yards and nine scores, and he caught 58 passes for 688 yards and nine more scores. Andregg led Solon with 108 points, while on defense he recorded 39.5 tackles.
6-foot-1, 240 pounds
St. Cloud, Minn. (St. Cloud Technical)
UNI won out over the likes of Iowa, Northern Illinois and North Dakota State. A season ago, Green had 47 tackles, 10 for loss, while catching two touchdown passes as a tight end.
6-foot-6, 235 pounds
Moore has been described as having a large frame and a big motor. He totaled 29 ½ tackles this year for the Big Red, and has also been recruited as a long snapper. He projects as a defensive end, but could also switch over to play offensive line.
6-foot-6, 275 pounds
Hine is another linemen projected to play guard in college. He committed to the Panthers back on June 25. He also had a preferred walk-on offer from Texas Tech.
6-foot-6, 220 pounds
Butler recorded 19 tackles for loss, including four sacks for the Sailors, who finished 8-2. Offensively, he recorded 16 receptions for 257 yards and two scores playing tight end.
6-foot-4, 260 pounds
Amos was one of the primary reasons Carlisle rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns this past season. Amos also recorded 36 ½ tackles on defense, including seven tackles for loss.
6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Eldridge (North Scott)
Belken recorded 33 tackles for the Lancers, who finished the season 9-2. He had seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He also caught 10 passes for 134 yards a touchdown.
6-foot-3, 185 pounds
Kershaw became just the second Dodger to become a two-time first-team all-state selection after hauling in 49 passes for 606 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He is the first Fort Dodge receiver to eclipse the 2,000-yard receiving mark. As a junior, he caught 71 passes for 1,206 yards and 12 scores. Kershaw was originally committed to South Dakota.
Abbott hauled in 26 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, including a 74-yard TD catch for the Bulldogs. He also recorded 21 tackles on defense this season.
Wilson was a leader for 8-player Sidney. Defensively, he recorded 32 tackles, 15 for loss and two sacks. As a junior he had 51 tackles, including 14 ½ for loss. Wilson committed to UNI in June.
6-foot, 194 pounds
Kansas City, Kan. (FL Schagle)
Originally a Kansas verbal, Richardson will enroll early at UNI and begin attending classes in January. He rushed for better than 5,000 yards in his career at Schagle.