Class of 2016 reaches record high, most diverse class

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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The University of Iowa’s class of 2016 is the most diverse incoming class of its kind.

According to a UI press release, the total enrollment has reached a record high with 31,498 students — including 21,999 undergraduates and 4,470 first-year students.

The class of 2016 has 16.2 percent minorities, 47.2 percent of Iowa residents, and 43.9 percent are listed as domestic nonresidents.

According to the release, the number of international students declined from 484 in 2011 to 298 students this fall, representing 8.9 percent of the class.

“The diversity is great to see,” Michael Barron, the director of UI Admissions, said in the release.

“We’ve worked hard to achieve that. I’m also pleased we have increased the number of Iowans in our class.”

- by Jordyn Reiland

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