CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa today released its official enrollment figures for fall 2012. Calculated on students enrolled through the end of the second week of class, UNI's total fall enrollment was 12,273. The university anticipated a decrease in enrollment, given the large number of students who graduated last spring, and a second consecutive year of decline in the number of Iowa high school graduates. Officials also report the institution's multicultural enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 8.1 percent.
"Our focus continues to be providing the best undergraduate education in the state," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "We have a national reputation for our programs in teacher education, accounting, music, and communication sciences and disorders, among others. We will continue to build on that reputation as we strive to be nationally known as a leader in undergraduate education.
"Our new model for teacher-education student field experiences has been well received by teachers and principals, and we're excited about the impact it will have on our students and education in Iowa. And in another move to better meet the changing needs of the state, Interactive Digital Studies was just launched as our latest high-tech degree program."
"Our academic programs are very strong, as noted by U.S. News & World Report for more than 14 consecutive years," said Terry Hogan, UNI vice president for student affairs. "What distinguishes UNI from most other public universities is the personal connection our faculty and staff have with students. Our average class size is under 22 students and 99 percent of our classes are taught by faculty -- not teaching assistants. Because of the concentrated efforts of our staff and faculty, our students are graduating sooner and with less debt. We're proud of the quality of our academic programs, and we're confident in our ability to meet the needs of Iowa's students and their parents."