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University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 10, 2008

Total enrollment up at UI for 2008 fall semester

Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2008 fall semester totals a record 30,561 students, up from 30,409 in fall 2007, according to the UI Office of the Registrar. The entering class includes more international students and is more diverse than last year's class.

And in spite of the uncertainties presented by the flood over the summer, the UI enrolled 4,246 new, first-year students this fall, the third highest total ever after the record incoming classes of fall 2006 and 2007. Total undergraduate enrollment in fall 2008 stands at 20,824, just shy of the record set in fall 2007.

Both graduate and professional student enrollments are up slightly, at 5,254 graduate students (compared to 5,116 in 2007) and 4,149 professional students (compared with 4,020 in 2007).

In overall enrollment, the percentage of non-resident students increased from almost 38 percent in fall 2007 to almost 40 percent in fall 2008, in part because of a surge in international freshman and transfer students.

"The increase in international students is wonderful, because those students bring such a rich diversity of experiences to campus and to the education all our students receive," said Thomas R. Rocklin, vice provost and dean of the University College. "We're pleased that the educational opportunities here at the UI continue to attract students from around the country and around the world. At the same time, we're proud that we continue to admit every qualified applicant from within the state of Iowa."

The incoming class also is slightly more racially/ethnically diverse than last year. The percentage of minority students among first-year students increased from 9.8 percent last fall to 9.9 percent this fall.

Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost for diversity, said these students also contribute perspectives that enhance the learning environment for all students. "Everyone benefits when our efforts to create a diverse student body continue to meet with success," David said.

The complete census report for the fall 2008 semester is available as a PDF file at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas R. Rocklin, vice provost and dean of the University College, 319-335-3565