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UNI reaches enrollment goal, sets graduation record

September 14, 2003

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
Philip Patton, UNI registrar, (319) 273-2283
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa today announced its fall 2003 enrollment figures. UNI's fall enrollment stands at 13,441 students, close to its target enrollment of 13,400 students.

According to UNI President Robert Koob, this enrollment is part of a planned effort to maintain quality while addressing state budget cuts.

'Two years ago we began a concerted effort to reduce the size of the university,' said Koob. 'Our goal was to match enrollment to the available budget. In 2003, UNI graduated 3,016 students, our largest class ever. Coupled with that, our average time-to-graduation rate is under four-and-a-half years. This is a real success story.'

He noted that 'U.S. News & World Report' recently ranked UNI No. 2 on its list of top public Midwest regional master's universities for the seventh year in a row.

According to Koob, UNI is offering almost 200 more class sections than it did in 1998, which was one of the largest enrollment years prior to recent budget cuts; and average class size is down to 26.8 students.

'This is where we need to be short-term,' said Koob. 'We keep students first by focusing on our core mission -- teaching students. But long-term, we are still facing a budget deficit. Reduced state support threatens faculty recruitment, building maintenance and outreach services to Iowa.'

According to UNI Registrar Philip Patton, among specific enrollment categories for fall 2003, total minority enrollment stands at 6.0 percent, up from 5.5 percent from last year. Foreign-student enrollment is up by 4.9 percent and total graduate student enrollment is up by 1.4 percent.