Harreld details increasing enrollment


Peter Kim

UI president Bruce Harreld listens to the other panelists at the Old Capitol Museum on Monday, May 2, 2016. The panels discussed numerous topics including social justice and themed semester program. (The Daily Iowan/Peter Kim)

UI President Bruce Harreld gave his latest report at the state Board of Regents meeting Thursday, detailing the increase in enrollment.

In the report, Harreld stressed the class of 2020’s excellence in enrollment and achievement.

At 5,643 students, the freshman class marks the largest such enrollment in the school’s history. From the total enrollment, 1,360 — 24 percent — are first-generation college students. Additionally, 2,848 students, nearly half of freshman enrollment, are Iowa residents — a 16 percent increase from 2015.

Harreld said the university will dial back on enrollment, but increases may still be seen in future years.

The UI has also seen minor increases in graduate and professional student enrollment. Graduate enrollment increased from 5,688 to 5,698, and professional enrollment increased from 1,799 to 1,837.

On achievement, Harreld said the new incoming class, boast 795 Old Gold Scholarship recipients — a 95 increase from 2015. The UI outlines that these scholars must have a 30 ACT or combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1330, and a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

“This is another talented class,” said UI Provost P. Barry Butler. “We’re looking forward to supporting them with the many opportunities we have available at the UI.”

— by David Ehmcke

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