University of Iowa President Sally Mason is predicting record enrollment at the Iowa City campus this fall. “I suspect we’re up in all categories with one possible exception. I suspect our graduate enrollment may be down slightly,” Mason says.

“I think every place else we look we’re likely to see more students attending the University of Iowa this fall.” Mason believes the U-of-I is hosting 31,000 students – topping last fall’s record of 30,893. She admits the rising numbers are making things a bit crowded.

“We’re housing (the students) and we’ve got them in the classes they need, so to date, we’ve been able to provide exactly what they need and we were prepared for this to some extent,” Mason said. “We’re going to have to watch this carefully because until we’re fully recovered from the (2008) flood and until we get the new residence hall built, it’s a bit crowded.”

Official enrollment figures at the U-of-I should be released on Friday. Iowa State University reported record fall enrollment in 2011 with 29,887 students. It’s expected even more students are on the Ames campus this year.

Fall enrollment numbers at the University of Northern Iowa will be released September 5. There were 13,168 students at the Cedar Falls school at this time last year.