Preliminary figures show Iowa public university enrollment has dipped


Preliminary enrollment figures from the three state-run universities show a decline in the students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.

At UNI, they’re down by 715, even more than the 600 forecasted by its president. It’s total enrollment of 10,497 is the lowest since 1975.

The University of Iowa, with 31,240 enrolled, reported a drop of 416 students, although the freshman class has more students than last year’s. Iowa State has the most students, but also had the biggest drop. Their enrollment figure of 33,391 is just over 1600 less than last fall.

The University of Iowa also says they have the highest undergraduate high school GPA they’ve ever had, at 3.76. First generation students, kids whose parents didn’t graduate from a four-year college, went up this fall, from 1015 to 1092.

Full enrollment reports with more metrics and demographics will be available later this fall.