UNI announces fall 2016 enrollment numbers

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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 2016. Enrollment numbers are determined based on students enrolled through the end of the 10th day of classes. UNI’s total fall enrollment is 11,905.

Officials report that a freshmen class of 2,000 students is enrolled for fall 2016, up from 1,916 in fall 2015. This marks the fourth consecutive year that freshmen enrollment has increased, and represents the largest freshmen class at UNI since 2008.

According to the enrollment report, this is the most diverse class in UNI’s history, with 11.2 percent minority students. Total minority enrollment is up to 1,155, and minority students account for 9.7 percent of the student body, both new records for UNI.

In addition to an increase in the number of new Iowa resident freshmen, this year’s class also includes the most domestic non-resident freshmen in UNI’s history.

Other highlights from the report also include:

- The 4-year graduation rate is up from 39.8 percent to 40 percent. The 5-year graduation rate is up to 64 percent. These rates are the highest ever recorded.

- The fall 2015 freshmen retention rate is 85.9 percent, the highest ever recorded.

- The average ACT composite for this class is 22.91, up from 22.68, which is a testament to the overall academic strength of the incoming freshmen for fall 2016.

- 560 new graduate students for a total graduate student enrollment of 1,801.

“This year’s enrollment numbers and retention rates continue to validate our efforts to provide an outstanding undergraduate education in the state of Iowa,” said UNI Interim President Jim Wohlpart. “Our goal is to challenge and engage students in the classroom and through applied learning experiences outside the classroom, and our historic retention rates are clear evidence that we are succeeding in that mission.”