FAYETTE, Iowa (September 11, 2008) - Nearly820 students are enrolled at the Fayette campus this fall, the largest number since the early 1970s. The enrollment figure, which represents a 4% increase since last fall and a 22% increase since Fall 2004, includes more than 300 new students.
Upper Iowa President Alan G. Walker credits the increase to enhanced marketing efforts; roll-out of new majors, including forensic science and international business; return of international students; implementation of enrollment management processes; and continued investment in facilities and infrastructure.
"Our enrollment numbers reflect the value students and their families place on a quality, private college education," said President Alan Walker. "It's also a tribute to the recruitment efforts of our faculty and staff, especially our Admissions staff, who work hard to help students understand that Upper Iowa is a great place to pursue their academic goals."
Walker also stressed affordability and low debt load as factors contributing to the selection of Upper Iowa by future students. Upper Iowa students graduate with less debt that peers at other Iowa college and universities.
Linc Morris, vice president for enrollment management, cited several reasons for increased interest in Upper Iowa, including the university's unique two-at-a-time class schedule, UIU's small class sizes, competitive financial aid opportunities, safe learning environment and impressive graduation rates.
The Fayette campus increase is higher than increases reported by many other Iowa schools. The three Regents' institutions had an average increase of less than 2%, with Iowa State reporting the largest jump at 2.7% and the University of Iowa the lowest at less than 1%. The Fayette campus also reported a minority population of 17.8%. The statewide average is less than 14 %.
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