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Release: Sept. 18, 2001
UI enrollment up: Increases include freshmen, nursing
Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2001
fall semester totals 28,768,
an increase of 457 students from the fall of 2000, according to the UI Office
of the Registrar. The increases in new freshmen include more students eligible
for honors classes, more minority students, and more high school valedictorians.
"Not only are more students coming to the University
of Iowa," says Lola Lopes, UI associate provost, "but more top students and
more minority students are choosing Iowa than ever before. Both in-state and
out-of-state student numbers have increased. It is, we hope, a reflection
of our efforts to improve undergraduate education at Iowa as well as to maintain
a welcoming, nurturing environment for all students."
New freshmen at Iowa in 2001 number 4,005, up from
3,736 in 2000. The number of minority freshmen is 372, up from 329 in 2000.
The increases might have been greater, Lopes says,
"But last spring, when we saw the bulge coming our way, we decided to enforce
deadlines more strictly to hold the increase down. We wanted to be certain,
especially with reduced funding, we would be able to serve the students we
Iowa's graduation rates have been higher as well.
"It's always been our intent to graduate as many as we can," says Jerald Dallam,
UI Registrar, " and this improvement in the rate is an indication that we're
getting better at it."
The increases were spread fairly evenly across the
colleges. The exception was a 34 percent increase in the College of Nursing,
from 389 in 2000 to 520 in 2001. The increase comes at a time of nationwide
Lopes observes that an eight-year trend in lower graduate
student enrollments seems to have leveled out. The declines were the result
of more selectivity among graduate programs, she says.
A complete report on the university's minority enrollments
will be issued next week.
The University of Iowa
2000 and 2001 Fall Enrollments
College 2000 2001 Difference
Liberal Arts and Sciences 15,335 15,446 111
Tippie College of Business 1,426 1,539 113
Dentistry 1 1 0
Education 881 834 -47
Engineering 1,159 1,148 -11
Medicine 93 115 22
Nursing 389 520 131
Total undergraduate students 19,284 19,603 319
Graduate College 5,305 5,319 14
Public Health 144 155 11
(Counts are included in individual college counts, primarily
the Graduate College)
Total graduate students 5,305 5,319 14
Tippie School of Management (MBA) 961 1,024 63
Dentistry 313 309 -4
Law 678 725 47
Medicine 1,347 1,357 10
Pharmacy 423 431 8
Total professional students 3,722 3,846 124
Total University 28,311 28,768 457