Nov. 7, 2007
UI enrollment breaks records, show progress toward diversity goals
The University of Iowa's fall 2007 enrollment broke records in several categories, according to a new report by the UI Office of the Provost. In addition, the report shows that the composition of the freshman class represents continued, substantial progress by the UI toward meeting its strategic goals for student preparation and diversity.
Total undergraduate enrollment this fall was 20,907 students, breaking last year's record. The total enrollment of 30,409 students - undergraduate, graduate and professional -- also set a record. Additionally, the UI enrolled 4,287 new first-year students in 2007, only 2 fewer than last year's record-breaking class of 4,289 students.
Tom Rocklin, UI vice provost, said careful planning by the university ensured that new students had sufficient class offerings and residence hall space, even though some students applied for housing after the official deadline. He called this year's freshman class "arguably the university's most well prepared class ever, as evidenced by its mean ACT composite score of 25.1, which is a modern record, and by the fact that the class includes a record number of honors students."
Another indicator of the incoming class's readiness for college was the increase in the percentage of students who graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of their class, and a decrease in the percentage who graduated in the middle of their class. Undergraduate minority student enrollment also increased. Students who identify themselves as members of minority groups now make up 9.6 percent of first-year students, up from 9 percent last year.
"This progress moves us toward the university's strategic plan's promise to recruit and retain students who can succeed at a comprehensive research university," Rocklin said. "And increasing the number of minority students on campus is a step toward the university's diversity goal, which asks us to promote excellence in education by increasing the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students."
Interim Provost Lola Lopes agreed, saying, "For many years we have been working to increase both the excellence and the diversity of our undergraduate body. It is terribly exciting to see that hard work paying off in this year's freshman class."
All qualified Iowa applicants were admitted this fall; resident students now make up 57 percent of the new class. Rocklin said the fact that 43 percent of the UI's undergraduate students were from states other than Iowa -- tying last year's record -- is testimony to the university's reputation for excellence and value. "These students contribute to the diversity of experiences represented among the university's student body, benefiting all members of the student body," he said.
The number of transfer students entering the university was up slightly this fall, to 1,533. As in the recent past, nearly half of the transfer students originated in Iowa public two-year colleges. The university expects substantial growth in this category over the next few years as its 2 Plus 2 Transfer Plan expands, Rocklin said. Under the program, participating students receive joint advising from UI staff and the staff of their community colleges, enjoy most of the privileges of UI students and are guaranteed graduation in a total of four years. The university has developed 2 Plus 2 plans for all Iowa community colleges.
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