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UI 1997 summer enrollment increases by five percent over 1996

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Enrollment at the University of Iowa for the 1997 summer session is 11,220, an increase of 569 students compared to the 1996 summer session, according to a report issued by the UI Office of the Registrar.

The five percent increase in enrollment from 1996 to 1997 may be a reflection of the popularity of the UI's new summer schedule, which features a three-week session in May and both six-week and eight-week sessions in June and July, UI officials said.

"Having three sessions allow us to better meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student population," said UI Registrar Jerald W. Dallam. "Traditional, full-time students who want to accelerate their graduation now have enrollment options that will allow them to combine jobs and academics. Nontraditional students can enroll for course work without obligating themselves to the eight-week session."

"The May session is a special effort to be student friendly," said Michael McNulty, UI associate provost and director of the summer session." Many students have noted that the time between the spring session and the regular summer session is too short to get a job. This is the second year the three-week session has been offered, and enrollment was up by 200 for that session," he noted.

The six-week session is designed to accommodate elementary and secondary school teachers whose own school year runs past the first week of June. Enrollment in the summer Teacher Education Program increased by a total of 75 from 1996 to 1997.

One other significant change in the summer calendar is that the eight-week session starts and ends earlier than it has in past years. The change, which was initiated in 1996, is an effort to provide a longer break before resumption of classes for the fall semester, McNulty said. For many people, August is the only time that neither the university nor the local school districts are in session.

Following is a comparison of summer enrollments for 1996 and 1997:

 Summer Enrollment

1997

1996

Difference

 Total University

 11,220

 10,651

 +569

 Business Administration

456

433

+23

Dentistry

246

229

+17

 Education

543

468

+75

(Numbers are included in individual college counts, primarily Liberal Arts)
 Engineering

 372

 303

 +69

 Graduate

 3,376

 3,122

 +254

 Law

 289

 292

 +3

 Liberal Arts

 5,034

 4,900

 +134

 Medicine

 1,247

 1,173

 +74

 Nursing

 121

 97

 +24

 Pharmacy

 79

 102

 -23

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