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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 13, 2004

Enrollment Steady At UI With Slight Decline In Undergraduates

Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2004 spring semester totals 28,190, an increase of 30 students from the spring of 2003, according to the UI Office of the Registrar.

"This increase, though slight, shows that despite tuition increases and a poor economy, there's a steady demand for what Iowa has to offer," says Lola Lopes, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.

"Last year was our highest enrollment in history, and, because of the times, we might have expected a return to previous figures," Lopes says. She noted that due to winter graduations and other factors, spring enrollments are always smaller than the fall. The fall enrollment for 2003 was 29,745, indicating a decline of 1,555 for the spring. The comparable decline from fall 2002 to spring 2003 was 1,537.

Overall undergraduate enrollment actually decreased slightly, from 19,184 in 2003 to 18,945 in 2004, a decline of 239 students, or about one percent. Graduate enrollment increased from 5,212 in 2003 to 5,299 in 2004, an increase of 87. Professional schools saw the greatest increase, from 3,764 in 2003 to 3,946 in 2004, an increase of 182 students.

A detailed census report for 2004 spring UI enrollments can be downloaded by clicking or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048,; Program: Lola Lopes, 319-335-3565,