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Student success at UNI soars as total enrollment remains stable

September 8, 2017

Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management, 319-273-2347,

Scott Ketelsen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa has released the official enrollment figures for fall 2017. Enrollment numbers are determined at the end of the 10th day of classes. UNI's total fall enrollment is 11,907.

Officials report that more UNI students are graduating on time with a record four-year graduation rate of 43.28 percent, which is 3.28 percentage points more than last year's record. UNI's six-year graduation rate also went up to 67.32 percent, 2.27 percentage points more than last year and the second highest rate ever.

"UNI's previous four-year graduation rate record was last year's 40 percent for the 2012 cohort," said Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management. "This year's increase is outstanding. It's the biggest one-year increase that we've had, and it goes back to our excellent faculty, student services, academic advising and our students seeing the benefits of a more timely degree."

UNI also set records in attracting non-resident freshmen and graduate students. Non-resident freshmen now make up 10 percent of the incoming freshmen class, up from 8.35 percent last year. A total of 1,902 graduate students enrolled at UNI this fall (101 more than last year). Of those, more than 750 students are new to the Graduate College.

Other highlights from the enrollment report include:

- A 33 percent increase in new freshmen from Illinois.

- New transfers are up 19 students from last year, with a total of 895; there are 33 more Iowa residents than last year.

- The percent of incoming freshmen that received the Distinguished Scholars Award (for Iowa resident freshmen) is 41 percent, which is the highest percent ever.

"This year's enrollment report really shows our commitment to student success," said UNI President Mark Nook. "We want to make sure each student—resident, non-resident, transfer, freshmen, international or graduate—reaches his or her educational, professional and personal life goals when they attend the University of Northern Iowa. We will continue to emphasize our excellence in teaching and scholarship and offer a high-quality, high-impact learning experience."