Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Utah State University marked another enrollment milestone in its 122-year history with a record fall headcount of 25,767 students, up 702 students from a year ago. That includes a record number of first-time students entering college on the Logan campus.
The numbers do not reflect the 21 percent growth at Utah State University – College of Eastern Utah, which merged with USU in July. USU-CEU saw an increase of nearly 500 students for a total of 2,634.
The final numbers indicate to Raymond T. Coward, USU executive vice president and provost, that Utah State University is an institution of choice because of its world-class faculty and a commitment to quality education, access and greater diversity.
“We are the state’s only land-grant university and the only school in Utah with a specific mandate to provide higher educational opportunities to students across Utah,” Coward said. “We take this mission seriously. We know we can only accomplish this task by offering high quality education at an affordable price and by opening our doors and arms to students of all cultures and backgrounds.”
David Peadon, a senior from West Jordan, Utah, speaks highly of USU’s value.
“The education you get at USU is amazing for how little tuition costs,” he said. “All the benefits you get from being a student here are well worth what you pay. In one of my degrees, accounting, USU ranks in the top 10 percent of pass rates for the CPA exam. This gives me confidence in the quality of my education.”
USU’s Logan campus marked 16,472 students, up 860 from a year ago. First-time students entering higher education at the Logan campus total an all-time high of 3,125.
Enrollment rose 8 percent at USU’s regional campuses and distance education centers, including Brigham City, Southeastern Utah, Tooele and the Uintah Basin. Students at these sites total 12,109 – a record high.
First-time students entering higher education at regional campuses is up 23 percent. Overall graduate student enrollment increased 8.3 percent to 3,667, with an 18.2 percent increase noted at the university’s regional campuses. More graduate students are now enrolled at the regional campuses and in online graduate programs than at the Logan campus (2,122 vs. 1,826).
Minority student enrollment at USU jumped 26 percent overall to 1,663, with a 48 percent increase at the university’s regional campuses. Students from historically underrepresented groups now comprise 6.5 percent of USU students across the entire system. This growth is fairly even across ethnic and racial groups. More specifically, American Indians have increased by 20 percent; Asians, 20 percent; Blacks, 43 percent; and Hispanics, 26 percent.
Leticia Oliva, a senior from Logan with a dual major in sociology and business, said USU offers opportunities for minority students to get involved through multicultural services and clubs on campus.
“Utah State is perfect at involving all ethnicities through clubs and events,” she said. “If a student doesn’t know about a particular culture, they have countless opportunities to learn about it from other ethnically-diverse students.”
Included below is the press release from the Utah System of Higher Education.
October 13, 2010
Student Enrollment Continues to Surge for the Third Year in a Row at Utah’s Colleges and Universities
SALT LAKE CITY — The number of students attending Utah’s colleges and universities continues to surge. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) enrollment for the Fall 2010 semester increased by 6,389 full-time equivalent students--an increase of 6.2%. This is the third straight year enrollment has seen strong growth, with each institution seeing growth in full-time equivalent students.
“It is encouraging to see that students continue to vote with their feet and realize that higher education is an important investment in their future, and that despite recent budget cuts, our institutions have found ways to accommodate this many new students this fall,” said William Sederburg, Commissioner of Higher Education. “I am particularly pleased to see large percentage increases among Hispanic, African American and female students since we have had a large gap in the number of students served from these groups.” (In headcount, Hispanic or Latino grew by 15.5 percent, Black or African American grew by 5.7%, and females by 5.4% compared to 4.4% for males.)
In 2010, the Governor and Legislature prevented additional large cuts to Higher Education—at one time estimated to be as large as 22% from 2008 levels—and kept it at 12%—making it possible for institutions to accommodate this year’s growth. “To continue to accommodate student demand,” Sederburg added, “the Regents are requesting a portion of the last year’s enrollment growth receive additional state funding.” The Regents’ budget request calls for $11.5 million in state funding to assist with the cost of enrollment growth.
Headcount includes all students enrolled at an institution, while FTE (Full Time Equivalent) approximates the number of students enrolled full-time (15 semester hours for undergraduate students and 10 semester hours for graduate students) each semester. Additionally, the system serves several thousand students in non-traditional programs which are not budget-related and do not receive any taxpayer support. Total headcount and budget-related FTE are included on the following table. (Budget-related are enrollments eligible for state funding.)
The Utah System of Higher Education includes all of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities: The University of Utah, Utah State University (including USU-CEU), Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State College, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College.
Contact: Holly Braithwaite 801-321-7110