IOWA CITY — The University of Northern Iowa’s enrollment is up — by two students.
Total enrollment for fall 2017 is 11,907, up from 11,905 in 2016.
UNI President Mark Nook presented the figures to the Iowa Board of Regents meeting at the University of Iowa on Thursday.
“We are essentially even with last year,” Nook said. “We actually have record enrollment in the graduate college, which is something we’ve been working toward to improve enrollments.”
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There are about 1,900 graduate students on campus, about 100 more than last year.
The number of freshman is down 166 students, totaling 1,834, but the number of transfer students has increased. Nearly 900 students are new transfer students. Enrollment numbers are determined at the end of the 10th day of classes.
The number of minority students increased by one, from 1,156 to 1,157.
UNI also increased nonresident students, both in freshmen and graduate students. Nonresident freshman make up 10 percent of the incoming class, an increase of more than 1.5 percent from last year, and a record.
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Many of the nonresidents are from Illinois, as UNI had a 33 percent increase in new freshman from that state.
Nook also reported graduation rates are better than UNI’s peers. The Cedar Falls school has a record four-year graduation rate of 43.3 percent, more than 3 percent higher than last year. Matt Kroeger, associate vice president for enrollment management at UNI, said the four-year retention rate last year for the 2012 cohort was also a record.
“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,” Kroeger said in a statement.
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The six-year graduation rate also is up, at 67.3 percent, also an increase over last year.
The percent of incoming freshmen with the distinguished scholars award, for Iowa resident freshman, is the highest ever at 41 percent.
“This year’s enrollment report really shows our commitment to student success,” Nook said in a separate statement. “We will continue to emphasize our excellence in teaching and scholarship and offer a high-quality, high-impact learning experience.”
Enrollment figures also were released by the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Iowa has a total enrollment of 33,564, with a freshman class of 5,029. Iowa State University has a total enrollment of 36,321 students, with a freshman class of 5,944.