Inside Iowa State

Inside Archives

Submit news

Send news for Inside to, or call (515) 294-7065. See publication dates, deadlines.

About Inside

Inside Iowa State, a newspaper for faculty and staff, is published by the Office of University Relations.

Sept. 12, 2008

Fall enrollment climbs to 26,856

by Annette Hacker, News Service

Student enrollment at Iowa State is 26,856, an increase of nearly 2.7 percent (or 696 more students) compared to fall 2007.

Iowa State gained 603 undergraduate students, 39 professional (veterinary medicine) students, and 54 graduate students. This fall's class marks the fourth-highest total enrollment on record. The largest class enrolled in 2002, with a total student body of 27,898.

Enrollment exceeds earlier university projections to the state Board of Regents by 556 students.

"We are extremely pleased with students' response to the outstanding educational opportunities offered by Iowa State University," said president Gregory Geoffroy. "This is the fourth consecutive year with an increase in the number of new students attending Iowa State, and the second consecutive overall enrollment increase. These are very significant achievements, given the demographics of Iowa and the Midwest. We also are very pleased with the continuing strong number of transfer students coming to Iowa State, which shows that our Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa's community colleges is meeting the needs of Iowa students."

This fall, Iowa State attracted its largest transfer class in six years: 1,537 students, up from 1,527 in fall 2007. ISU also attracted its second-largest freshman class in history: 4,546 students. That's 199 more freshmen than in fall 2007. The largest freshman class was in 2001, with 4,654 students.

"I want to congratulate and thank every member of the Iowa State University family for their efforts to help recruit one of the largest and most diverse student classes on record," said Marc Harding, director of enrollment services. "The fall 2008 class includes a record number of nonresident freshmen, international freshmen and undergraduate American ethnic minority students."

Iowa State has exceeded the 8.5 percent minority enrollment goal set by the regents. Iowa State's total U.S. minority enrollment for fall 2008 is 2,317 students (8.63 percent), up 97 students from fall 2007.

Complete enrollment information is available online.


At a glance

The total Iowa State student body of 26,856 represents:

  • 18,148 Iowa residents, a decrease of 66 students from fall 2007
  • 8,708 nonresidents, an increase of 762 students from fall 2007
  • 2,497 international students, an increase of 253 students from fall 2007
  • 21,607 undergraduates, an increase of 603 from fall 2007
  • 4,718 graduate students, an increase of 54 from fall 2007
  • 531 professional (veterinary medicine) students, an increase of 39 from fall 2007