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Release: Sept. 26, 2001

UI minority student enrollment exceeds Regents' goal for eighth year

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Minority students account for 8.8 percent of the total full-time, on-campus enrollment at the University of Iowa this fall. This year marks the eighth consecutive year in which the UI's minority enrollment has exceeded the goal set by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, of achieving a minority enrollment of at least 8.5 percent.

Total minority enrollment for the current academic year is 2,523, down slightly from 2,532 in 2000, but undergraduate enrollments are up.

The number of new minority freshmen increased 13 percent this year, from 329 in 2000 to 372 in fall 2001. African American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate students are enrolled at an all-time high in 2001, with 455 African American undergrads and 453 Hispanic/Latino. The total undergraduate minority enrollment is also higher: 1,617 for fall 2001, compared to 1,595 last year.

"For the last eight years, the minority enrollment rate has hovered at around 9 percent," said Joe D. Coulter, associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa. "We're pleased that we're exceeding the Regent's goal, but of course we would like to see increases, and we'll continue to work to recruit and graduate more minority students."

Minority enrollment at the UI increased steadily from the mid 1980's--when the percentage of minority students was less than 5 percent--through the 1990s. Minority enrollment rose to 6 percent in 1988, to 7 percent in 1990 and to 8 percent 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 2,026 foreign students on campus, an increase over the 1,967 enrolled last year.

"Number one among the university's fundamental principles is to maintain and enhance a culturally diverse and humane university community. Recruiting and retaining students from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds is key to that principle." Coulter says.

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

TOTAL ENROLLMENT BY ETHNIC CATEGORY

 
 
2001
2000
 
African American
678
683
American Indian/Native Alaskan
125
139
Asian or Pacific Islander
1,025
1,043
Hispanic
695
667
 

Totals

2,523
2,532