FAYETTE, Iowa (September 30, 2009)—Upper Iowa University is looking at record enrollment this year, not only on the main campus in Fayette, but also at its other campuses across Iowa and around the world.
Enterprise-wide enrollment stands at 6,605 students this fall, compared with 5,937 students a year ago – an 11 percent increase. At the Fayette campus, enrollment in Fall 2009 stands at 903 students, compared to 814 last fall – also an 11 percent increase. The Fayette campus enrollment is a 40 percent increase over its enrollment five years ago.
“We are especially pleased to see these record numbers of students choosing an education at Upper Iowa University at a time when most other private colleges are struggling with enrollment due to the nation’s economic recession,” said President Alan G. Walker. “We have designed programs that meet the needs of today’s students whether on traditional campuses, online, through correspondence programs, on military bases, or at one of our other satellite educational centers. These programs give us the flexibility and the strength to thrive despite economic shifts.”
UIU has more than 20 educational centers in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Wisconsin, as well as in Hawaii, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Enrollment is up at each location, including nearly a 95 percent increase at the Hong Kong center, according to DeWayne Frazier, sr. vice president for international programs.
“As students are drawn to our highly ranked programs and our unique ways of delivering education, Upper Iowa University has become the largest and most diverse private university based in Iowa,” President Walker said.
President Walker noted that the university anticipates continued growth across Upper Iowa University, including at the traditional campus in Fayette where construction has begun on several major projects.
“Our board is resolute that the Fayette campus needs to strengthen its capacity to serve a growing number of students,” Walker said. “With that commitment, we have broken ground on a $75 million construction project that will provide students at Fayette with a new student center, a liberal arts building and suite-style student housing.”
The first phase of the suite-style student housing is expected to be completed by Fall 2010, with other new buildings available in January 2011.
“Upper Iowa University has shown remarkable growth over the past five years,” Walker added. “We are grateful to our faculty and staff for their help in providing a quality education, and appreciate the ongoing support of our students and alumni.”
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