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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 1, 2003

Minority Enrollment Up For Fall At University Of Iowa

The number of minority students enrolled at the University of Iowa has increased for the Fall 2003 semester, with all of the increase seen in undergraduate students, according to a report prepared for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Total minority enrollment for the fall 2003 is 2,601, up 33 students from last fall's total of 2,568. Undergraduate minority enrollment is the highest on record, totaling 1,717, an increase of 38 students over last year's total of 1,679. The number of graduate and professional students was 884, down slightly from last year's total of 889.

"We're very pleased to see this increase in minority students," says UI President David Skorton, "and we hope these numbers indicate a trend for future increases. The increase in Latino students is a welcome reflection of trends in the state. We're still not where we want to be, and we are concerned about the decline in enrollment of African American students. We will continue to work hard toward the goals we and the Regents have set for Iowa."

The figures for minority enrollment do not include international students who are attending the UI on student visas. This year, there are 2,139 international students on campus. Last year's figure was 2,142.


Fall 2002
Fall 2003
            (% of total enrollment)
African American
672 (2.3%)
669 (2.3%)
American Indian/Alaskan Native
121 (0.4%)
128 (0.4%)
726 (2.4%)
738 (2.5%)
Asian American/Pacific Islander
1,049 (3.5%)
1,066 (3.6%)
Total Minorities
2,568 (8.6%)
2,601 (8.7%)

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