New freshman, transfer and graduate student enrollments up at University of Northern Iowa

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
Philip Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2283
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Enrollment of new freshmen, new transfers and new graduate students is up 183 students at the University of Northern Iowa as the institution reports its official 2005 fall semester enrollment figures.

Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's count shows an increase of 37 new freshmen, 121 new transfers and 25 new graduate students. UNI's official fall enrollment stands at 12,513.

'We have initiated new recruitment efforts, and students and their parents have responded to them, recognizing our quality by choosing UNI,' said UNI President Robert Koob. 'We have worked hard to make sure that all Iowa students understand that a UNI education is affordable, accessible and a good investment.'

'Our increase in new students is a positive change compared to the declining trend over the last four years, and shows that our recruitment efforts, despite smaller numbers of available students, have increased our market share,' said UNI Registrar Philip Patton.

Among other statistics Patton cited, non-resident enrollment is up by 82 students, for a total of 1,113, including an increase of 30 international students. Non-resident enrollment as a percentage of total enrollment increased from 8.0 to 8.9 percent.

The fall 2004 official enrollment was 12,824. Officials noted UNI awarded 3,176 degrees during the 2004-2005 academic year, the highest number of degrees in its history awarded in a single year, thus contributing to a decrease in the number of returning students.