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Sept. 7, 2011

UI fall enrollment on par with last year; diversity increases

University of Iowa enrollment of first-time freshmen is holding steady this fall, a year after meeting a five-year enrollment goal four years ahead of schedule. At the same time, the incoming freshman class is more diverse than ever.

This fall, the UI welcomed 4,565 first-time freshmen, eight more than last year. That brings total enrollment at the UI this fall to 30,893, or 68 more than in fall 2010, when 30,825 students were enrolled here. For a more detailed overview of the fall 2010 Census Counts data, visit

In fall 2010, an aggressive student recruitment effort drew a record 4,557 first-time freshmen, or 494 more than the previous year, effectively meeting in a single year the UI's goal of boosting enrollment by 500 students in five years.

Michael Barron, director of admissions, said the UI planned for flat enrollment this year after the results of last year's recruitment efforts exceeded expectations. While the modest increase this fall constitutes a new record, Barron said it is in line with UI predictions.

"Our five-year goal was to increase the number of incoming freshmen 500 by 2015, and we reached that goal last year," Barron said. " So the plan this year is to sustain that level."

Although it's not appreciably larger, this year's new freshman class is more diverse than ever before. Some 648 students—or 14.2 percent of the incoming class—identify as minorities, a new record. In fall 2010, 12.64 percent of new freshmen were minorities.

The number of international first-time freshmen students also marks a record, jumping to 484 this fall from 388 last year, to comprise 10.6 percent of the first-time freshman class (excluding transfer students).

Meanwhile, Iowa resident students represent 45.2 percent of the freshman class, while domestic nonresidents make up 44.2 percent of the class. International students constitute the remaining percentage of incoming freshmen.

Retention of students also remains strong, with 85.6 percent of students who were freshmen in fall 2010 enrolling again in fall 2011.

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