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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 12, 2004

Minority Enrollment Up Again For Fall At UI

The number of minority students enrolled at the University of Iowa has increased for the fall 2004 semester. The percentage of minority undergraduate students remained the same, with all of the increases seen in graduate and professional students, according to a report prepared for the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Total minority enrollment for fall 2004 is 2,665, up 64 students from last fall's total of 2,601. Although the percentage is the same as last year's, undergraduate minority enrollment dipped slightly from last year's record total of 1,717 to 1,702, a decrease of 15. The number of minority graduate students increased to 486, up 57 from last year's total of 429. The number of minority professional students also increased, from 455 in 2003 to 477 in 2004, up 22 students.

"We're very pleased that we're continuing to increase enrollment of minority students," says UI President David Skorton, "and pleased to see the increase in this year's enrollment of African American students. But we still have some distance to go before we're where we want to be, and we will continue to work hard toward the goals we and the Regents have set for Iowa."

The figures for minority enrollment do not include international students who are attending the UI on student visas. This year, there are 2,173 international students on campus. Last year's figure was 2,139.

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TOTAL ENROLLMENT BY ETHNIC CATEGORY

Fall 2003 (percent of total enrollment)

Fall 2004 (percent of total enrollment)

Difference

African American

669 (2.3 percent)

692 (2.3 percent)

+23

American Indian/Alaskan Native

128 (0.4 percent)

141 (0.5 percent)

+13

Hispanic/Latino

738 (2.5 percent)

730 (2.5 percent)

-8

Asian American/Pacific Islander

1,066 (3.6 percent)

1,102 (3.7 percent)

+36

Total Minorities

2,601 (8.7 percent)

2,665   (9 percent)

+64

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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