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UI Enrollments to Soar

University of Iowa officials will have a lot less money and a lot more students this fall. State funding cuts have forced the university to cut $8.8 million from the fiscal year 2003 budget at a time when enrollment figures indicate a possible record number of students. The university already has seen $38 million in cuts since July 1. That means fewer course offerings and larger classes at a time when enrollment figures show 13,119 freshman applications, up from 11,761 last year. "When the budget is tight, you absolutely have to do planning early," said LOLA LOPES, associate provost for undergraduate education. "Last year, the increase took us by surprise, and we had to get the work done during orientation. This year, all of that planning is already done, so I think things will be even smoother."

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