PROGRAM CONTACT: MICHAEL BARRON
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 26, 2002
UI Sees 19 Percent Increase In New Freshmen From Western Iowa
The number of new freshmen from Iowa's western counties at the University
of Iowa increased by 19.4 percent in the fall of 2002, contributing to the
largest freshman class in UI history. By comparison, enrollment of new freshmen
from central Iowa counties increased 2.9 percent and from eastern counties
UI officials say they are especially pleased by the increase in western
county freshmen, which they believe reflects the University's renewed commitment
to reach out to the farthest counties.
"We've worked hard the last two years to connect with students in Western
Iowa," says Michael Barron, UI director of admissions. "We're happy
to see this increase, and we'll continue to work hard to make sure that students
in the western counties are aware of the excellent opportunities we offer
Counties considered "western" by the UI admissions office are
Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Sioux, O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth,
Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford,
Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Cass,
Adair, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Fremont, Page, Taylor, and Ringgold.
The western county showing the greatest increase was Woodbury, which sent
24 more new freshmen to Iowa than last year.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the UI the 20th best public university
in the United States, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges again ranked Iowa among
a select group of 43 colleges nationwide that are "best values."