Utah Colleges and Universities Report 2.24% Enrollment Increase

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People walk on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on August 27. Enrollment at Utah’s public colleges and universities has grown 2.24% overall this year from a year ago. The United States reported a 4.18% increase. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s public colleges and universities have seen an increase of 2.24% this year over last year with a total of 211,954 students enrolled, the higher education system of Utah said on Monday. Utah.

“We are coming out of a difficult year and I am happy that registrations have increased overall,” Higher Education Commissioner Dave R. Woolstenhulme said in a statement.

“It is imperative that we continue to work with students statewide to access and complete higher education in order to provide a skilled workforce, and beyond, to achieve individual and continued success in everything. state, ”Woolstenhulme said.

The University of Utah celebrated its highest overall enrollment, as well as its largest freshman class which was up 19.6% from last year.

“This is an incredible and exciting milestone for the University of Utah,” President Taylor Randall said in a statement. “This is a testament to the value and quality we offer and reflects our solid reputation as one of the best public research universities in the country. I am happy to welcome all of our students – new and continuing – and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish at U. “

Among the increases, the United States also enrolled “a historically high number of domestic students of color, international students, and students both in-state and out-of-state,” officials said. from school.

A breakdown of the enrollment numbers for each establishment:

  • Dixie State University: 12,266, 1.85% increase
  • University of Southern Utah: 13,611, 8.18% increase
  • University of Utah: 34,462, 4.18% increase
  • Utah State University: 27,426, down 0.96%
  • Utah Valley University: 41,262, 0.81% increase
  • Weber State University: 29,744, 0.50% increase
  • Bridgerland Technical College: 2,964, 8.29% increase
  • Davis Technical College: 3,916, 5.16% decrease
  • Dixie Technical College: 1,138, increase of 14.49%
  • Mountainland Technical College: 3,758, 11.22% increase
  • Ogden-Weber Technical College: 4,035, 11.68% increase
  • Salt Lake Community College: 27,225, down 0.25%
  • Snow College: 6,106, 5.28% increase
  • Southwest Technical College: 1,297, 20.65% increase
  • Tooele Technical College: 810, 13.45% increase
  • Uintah Basin Technical College: 1,934, 17.71% increase

Despite the housing shortage leading up to the fall semester, Southern Utah University also had a record high enrollment – and celebrated higher growth than other universities this year.

“These growth numbers represent the hard work of a dedicated team at SUU. Faculty, staff, administration and students all have a role to play in our strategic growth plan,” said Interim President of SUU, Mindy Benson, in a statement.

People walk on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City on April 7.  Enrollment grew 8.18% at SUU, overtaking other universities in terms of growth this year.
People walk on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City on April 7. Enrollment rose 8.18% at SUU, overtaking other universities in terms of growth this year. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

“The past year has been particularly difficult due to the continued impact of COVID and a housing shortage in Cedar City and across the state. Achieving this level of growth is truly a testament to our college community,” Benson added.

University leaders noted that the majority of the growth was due to a 42% increase in the online university curriculum, and online students now make up nearly 6% of the total student body.

Utah Valley University noted that its enrollment has remained stable this year with a slight increase from 2020. Earlier this year, members of the school’s largest cohort graduated.

“UVU continues to be a place where students from all walks of life can achieve their academic goals and positively contribute to our state,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez. “We believe that every individual has unlimited potential and deserves the transformative benefits of a high quality education.”

The university’s fall enrollment included “the largest number of black and African American students in its history,” officials said.

Dixie State University officials noted that the school saw an increase in enrollment for the sixth year in a row. Enrollment in the fall of week three marked a 44.25% increase since fall 2015, which officials say demonstrates “the longevity and sustainability of the university’s growth.”

“We are delighted that more students than ever are recognizing the value offered by teaching at Dixie State University,” DSU President Richard “Biff” Williams said in a prepared statement. “Dixie State has worked hard to develop a comprehensive, high-quality polytechnic educational experience that prepares our students to be ready for graduate careers. “

DSU leaders also noted that women make up 58% of the student body and 21% of students come from diverse populations.

Weber State University also touted increased diversity this year. Concurrent enrollment courses rose 6.4%, with the number of students who identify as Black, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander increasing 9.8%, according to university officials.

“Despite the pressures of an ongoing pandemic, students still seek higher education for the long-term benefits it brings,” WSU Marshal Ravi Krovi said in a statement. “What we’re especially happy about is that not only are students continuing to enroll, but our retention rates are also increasing. It’s great to help the Wildcats continue their education until they graduate. “

Enrollment at degree-granting institutions for fall and full-time enrollment is measured in the third week of the fall semester, while enrollment and enrollment in technical colleges is measured at the end of the fiscal quarter. , officials said.

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