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University of Iowa News Release


Sept. 10, 2009

Enrollment remains strong at UI for 2009 fall semester

Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 2009 fall semester remains strong with 30,328 students, according to the UI Office of the Registrar.

The fall 2009 numbers are down slightly from last year, less than 1 percent from the fall 2008 enrollment of 30,561.

Total undergraduate enrollment in fall 2009 stands at 20,575, compared to 20,824 in fall 2008. Some decreases were seen in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Nursing, while Henry B. Tippie College of Business added 119 students this fall.

However, graduate student enrollment is up 131 students at 5,719, compared to 5,558 in fall 2008. A total of 4,034 students are taking management, law, dentistry medicine and pharmacy professional programs.

UI enrolled 4,063 new, first-year students this fall, down from 4,246 in 2008. However, these numbers remain at levels near the record incoming classes of the past few years.

"Our enrollment remains strong despite the economy, and we have enrolled a record number of honors, international and diverse students," said Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of University College. "We remain confident that students will continue to find the UI a great education at a great value."

In overall enrollment, the percentage of non-resident students increased from almost 40 percent in fall 2008 to more than 41 percent in fall 2009, in part because of more international freshman and transfer students.

The UI enrolled 2,421 international students this year, representing a 10.5 percent increase from fall 2008, according to the UI Office of International Students and Scholars. The UI has enhanced international student recruitment effort in recent years, according to Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of UI International Programs.

Just over 900 students in the 2009 entering class are honors students, up from nearly 800 in 2008, according to the UI Honors Program.

The complete census report for the fall 2009 semester is available as a PDF file at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Beth Ingram, Office of the Provost, 319-335-0148, Wallace Loh, Provost, 319-335-3565; Tom Moore, UI spokesperson, 319-356-3945; Writer,