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Minority enrollment continues to grow at University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Minority students account for 9.6 percent of the total enrollment at the University of Iowa this fall, marking the fifth consecutive year in which the UI's minority enrollment has exceeded the goal set by the State Board of Regents of a minority enrollment of at least 8.5 percent.

Total minority enrollment for the current academic year is 2,663 students, an increase of 10 over last year's total of 2,653. There are 325 new minority freshmen enrolled in fall 1998 as compared to 282 in 1997, an increase of 43. Undergraduate minority enrollment is 1,621, up 40 from last year's total of 1,581. The number of graduate and professional students was down to 1,042 from last year's total of 1,072.

Minority enrollment at the UI has been climbing steadily since 1984, when the percentage of minority students was less than 5 percent. Minority enrollment hit 6 percent in 1988, passed the 7 percent mark in 1990, and the 8 percent mark in 1993. In 1994, minority enrollment grew to 9 percent, the first time the UI exceeded the Regents' goal.

The figures for minority enrollment do not include foreign students who are attending the UI on student visas. This year, there are 1,599 foreign students on campus. Last year's figure was 1,612.

"We are very pleased to see that our overall minority enrollment continues to grow, which is a tribute to the commitment, cooperation and hard work to increase diversity across the University community," said Joe Coulter, UI interim associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa. "The substantial increases in the recruitment of minority freshmen is especially gratifying, with overall increases of more than 15 percent compared to last year. As these new students join us, they will enrich the learning environment of the campus for all of us. However, we are concerned about the decreases in overall enrollment of African American, Asian American and international students. We will be working hard to improve recruitment and retention of these students over the coming year."

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
TOTAL ENROLLMENT BY ETHNIC CATEGORY

1998

1997

Difference

African-American

Undergraduates

436

435

+1

Graduate/professional

291

319

-28

Total

727

754

-27

American Indian/Native Alaskan

Undergraduates

78

70

+8

Graduate/professional

63

60

+3

Total

141

130

+11

Asian or Pacific Islander 

 Undergraduates

 699

 717

 -18

 Graduate/professional

 465

 475

 -10

 Total

 1164

 1192

 -28

 Hispanic

 Undergraduates

 408

 359

 +49

 Graduate/professional

 223

 218

+5 

 Total

 631

 577

 +54

 Overall

 Undergraduates

 1621

 1581

 +40

 Graduate/professional

 1042

 1072

 -30

 Total

 2663

 2653

 +10

9/17/98