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Release: Sept. 13, 2000

UI enrollment for fall of 2000 is 28,311

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Student enrollment at the University of Iowa this fall is 28,311. The total enrollment is the third highest since 1990 and represents a decrease of 535 compared to fall 1999.

"The good news is that we have increased our four-year graduation rate, and that accounts for most of the enrollment decrease among our on-campus undergraduate students," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "This was part of a planned effort to make sure our students can get the courses they want and graduate on time.

"The four-year graduation rate is looked at as a national benchmark of quality," Coleman noted. "In the past year alone, our four-year graduation rate has increased by more than 2 percent, from 35 percent to 37 percent."

Much of the credit for that increase goes to the University's Four-Year Plan, instituted in the fall of 1996, Coleman said. The Four-Year Plan is a contract that spells out what students have to do each semester to complete their programs, and it guarantees that the university will provide the needed courses on schedule. In fall 1999, 62 percent of the incoming class signed up for the plan.

The increase in the four-year graduation rate accounted for most of the decline in the number of on-campus undergraduate students, which dropped to 19,146 this year, down 159 from last year's total of 19,305. Overall, the number of undergraduate students this year is 19,284, down 253 students from last year's total of 19,537.

The total number of graduate students also declined slightly, dropping to 5,503 for the fall of 2000 from 5,689 in fall 1999. Likewise, the number of professional students -- dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and MBA students -- was down slightly. This year's total is 3,524, down 96 from last year's total of 3,620.

"We expected to enroll fewer graduate students. Several years ago we made the decision to raise the quality of the educational experience for our graduate students by having fewer, but better supported students," Coleman said.

University of Iowa

Comparative Enrollment report

College

Fall 1999 Fall 2000

Difference

 

Undergraduate Students

       
College of Liberal Arts

Off campus

146
80
-66
On campus

15,472

15,255
-217

Total

15,618
15,335
-283
       

Tippie College of Business

Off campus

0
0
0
On Campus
1,422
1,426
4
Total
1,422
1,426
4
 

College of Dentistry

Off camus
0
0
0
On campus
1
1
0
Total
1
1
0
 
College of Education

(Education majors only)

Off campus
0
0
0
On campus
897
881
-16
Total
897
881
-16
 
College of Engineering
Off campus
0
0
0
On campus
1,103
1,159
56
Total
1,103
1,159
56
 
College of Nursing
Off campus
86
58
-28
On campus
327
331
4
Total
413
389
-24
       

Total undergraduates

Off campus
232
138
-94
On campus
19,305
19,146
-159
Total
19,537
19,284
-253
       
Graduate students
 

Graduate College

Off campus

595
480
-115

On campus

5,094
5,023
-71
Total
5,689

5,503

-186
 
Professional students
 

Tippie School of Management

Off campus

453
500
47
On campus
259
263
4
Total
712
763
51
       

College of Dentistry

Off campus
0
0
0
On campus
304
313
9
Total
304
313
9
       
College of Law
Off campus
0
0
0
On campus
692
678
-14
Total
692
678
-14
       
College of Medicine
Off campus
0
0
0
On campus
1,397
1,347
-50
Total
1,397
1,347
-50
       

College of Pharmacy

Off campus
1
0
-1
On campus
514
423
-91
Total
514
423
-92
       

Total professional students

Off campus
454
500
46
On campus
3,166
3,024
-142
Total
3,620
3,524
-96
       

UNIVERSITY TOTALS

Off campus
1,281
1,118
-163
On campus
27,565
27,193
-372
Total
28,846
28,311
-535