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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2004

UI 2004 Fall Enrollment Remains Steady, Freshman Numbers Still Above UI Goal

Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2004 fall semester totals 29,745, the same number of students as the fall of 2003, according to the UI Office of the Registrar. The number of new freshmen totals 4,017 in 2004, down from 4,083 in 2003, but still a little above the UI target of 4,000 for the freshman class. Total undergraduate enrollment stands at 20,135, down 98 students from 20,233 in 2003.

"For the past couple of years, our freshman class target has been 4,000, the maximum number we believe allows us to create the kind of freshman experience that is important for student success," says Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education. "Of course, we also want to be here for every qualified Iowan who wants to come, and that number seems to be rising." She points out that the percentage of Iowa residents among freshmen is higher this year.

Lopes says that despite Iowa's struggling economy and widely publicized budget cuts, there's a continuing strong demand for the education Iowa offers, not only in the state but also around the country.

The complete census report for the fall 2004 semester is available as a PDF file at

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, Lola Lopes, 319-335-3565, fax 319-335-3560,