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Fall Enrollment at USU Hits All-time Highs


Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011


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Fall enrollment numbers continue to rise across the Utah System of Higher Education, and Utah State University’s enrollment hit an all-time high at 28,994 students. A total of 16,857 are enrolled on the Logan campus.

 

USU President Stan L. Albrecht said the quality and affordability of a Utah State University education continues to be reflected in the institution’s ever-increasing enrollments.

 

“Consistent with our mission as a land-grant university, we are proud to be serving students on multiple campuses throughout the state and by expanding our online course and degree offerings,” Albrecht said. “All of these students are taught by a world-class faculty of scientists and scholars who are leaders in their fields of study and who simultaneously, embrace their instructional responsibilities with great pride and commitment.”

 

Raymond T. Coward, executive vice president and provost, said USU continues to be the first choice of a large number of new students.

 

“With approximately 4,000 first-time undergraduate students enrolling at USU, almost 800 new graduate students and nearly 1,900 transfer students, we have a significant influx of new students to integrate into our multiple campuses and modes of course delivery,” Coward said.

 

The latest figures show continued growth of student enrollments at USU’s regional campuses and in its distance education programs. This growth is a direct result of two factors, according to Ronda Rudd Menlove, senior vice provost for Regional Campuses and Distance Education.

 

First, the university continues to expand the number of degree programs offered outside of Logan. Currently, USU regional campus and distance education students can choose from among seven associate’s degree programs, 24 baccalaureate degree programs and 21 graduate degree programs.

 

“Second, the growth in the number of USU faculty located at our non-Logan campuses has grown significantly and has made face-to-face instruction the predominant mode of course delivery at these campuses,” she said. 

 

Some additional facts:

 

Fall 2011 enrollments at USU reach all-time highs

 

  • A total of 28,994 students are enrolled at USU — across all campuses and in all course modalities. This represents the largest enrollment in the 123-year history of the institution.
  • In Logan, a total of 16,857 students are enrolled, the largest number in the history of the university.
  • Similarly, enrollment at the regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele and the Uintah Basin are at an all-time high. Compared to fall 2000, headcount enrollments at the regional campuses have grown by 87 percent (from 6,727 to 12,583).
  • In the entire USU system, compared to last year, enrollment increases were experienced in transfer students (+ 7.9 percent), continuing students (+ 5.0 percent) and new graduate students (+ 4.7 percent).

 

 

USU enrollments have grown, without compromising academic standards

 

  • The mean ACT scores of first-time freshman students at the Logan campus was the second highest in the history of the university (23.9 compared to 24.1 in 2004).
  • While the mean ACT scores for this fall among first-time freshman students at the other USU campuses are not available currently, those means have been on a steady increase since 2004 — improving by 10 percent.

 

 

The majority of USU students are female

 

  • In the entire USU system, 55 percent of students are female (15,934 of 28,994).

 

  • At the Logan campus, a slight majority of the students are male (52 percent), while at the regional campuses (62 percent) and USU-Eastern (59 percent), the majority of enrolled students are female.

 

 

The USU student body is becoming more diverse

 

  • Across the entire USU system, enrollment of domestic minority students is up 11.5 percent compared to last year.

 

  • Since fall 2005, minority student enrollment in the USU system has more than doubled from 1,079 to 3,064 this year. USU now has more students of Hispanic origin in the USU system (1,439) then it had back in 2005 in all categories of ethnic minorities (1,079). Students of Hispanic heritage represent 47 percent of the minority students in the USU system.

 

  • The largest concentration of domestic minority students is on the USU-Eastern campuses (26.9 percent), followed by the regional campuses in Brigham City, Tooele and the Uintah Basin (10.8 percent) and the Logan campus (7.9 percent).

 

Contact: Tim Vitale, (435) 797-1356, tim.vitale@usu.edu

 

The press release from the Utah System of Higher Education summarizing the state’s enrollment growth follows.

 

 

Utah’s Public Colleges, Universities: Enrollment Increases for Fourth Year

 

The number of students attending Utah’s colleges and universities continues to increase for 2011.

 

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) enrollment for the fall 2011 semester increased by more than 1,000 full-time equivalent students, for an increase of 1.17 percent over 2010. This is the fourth year in a row that enrollment has seen growth, with institutions showing increases in full-time equivalent students.

 

“For the past few years, we have seen enrollment numbers grow and that still appears to be the case,” said Bill Sederburg, commissioner of higher education. “We would have seen even greater growth this year if colleges had not been forced to limit course offerings due to space and faculty availability. To reach our ‘Big Goal’ to achieve 66 percent of Utah’s workforce with a post-secondary credential in the next decade, it is extremely important that enrollment numbers continue to grow each year.”

 

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.)

 

About The Utah System of Higher Education — USHE includes all of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities: The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State College, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College. For more information on the Utah System of Higher Education, visit its website.

 

Utah System of Higher Education - Fall 2011 3rd Week Enrollment Numbers

 

 

BUDGET-RELATED FTE

2010

2011

% CHANGE OVER

            2010

University of Utah

25,654

26,227

2.23%

Utah State University*

19,068

19,542

2.48%

Weber State University

13,700

13,821

0.88%

Southern Utah University

6,241

6,008

-3.74%

Snow College

3,161

3,244

2.62%

Dixie State College

6,118

6,395

4.52%

Utah Valley University

19,010

19,705

3.65%

Salt Lake Community College

16,567

15,856

-4.29%

USHE Total

109,520

110,798

1.17%

 

 

 

BUDGET-RELATED

HEADCOUNT

2010

2011

% CHANGE

OVER ‘10

University of Utah

30,514

31,343

2.72%

Utah State University*

25,531

26,191

2.59%

Weber State University

20,155

20,515

1.79

Southern Utah University

6,963

6,880

-1.19%

Snow College

3,867

3,961

2.43%

Dixie State College

8,138

8,583

5.47%

Utah Valley University

26,844

27,823

3.65%

Salt Lake Community College

28,443

27,041

-4.93%

USHE Total

150,455

152,337

1.25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

HEADCOUNT

2010

2011

% CHANGE

OVER ‘10

University of Utah

30,833

31,673

2.72%

Utah State University*

28,401

28,994

2.09%

Weber State University

24,126

25,483

5.62%

Southern Utah University

8,024

7,750

-3.41%

Snow College

4,386

4,465

1.80%

Dixie State College

8,755

9,086

3.78%

Utah Valley University

32,670

33,395

2.22%

Salt Lake Community College

33,983

33,167

-2.40%

USHE Total

171,178

174,013

1.66%

 

Notes:    *Includes USU-Eastern headcount enrollments and FTE

1) FTEs are calculated then rounded to the nearest one

2) Source for “Prior” year information from 2011 USHE Data Book Tab C

 

Contact: Holly Braithwaite, director of communications, 801-321-7110 | hbraithwaite@utahsbr.edu| twitter.com/higheredutah  | facebook.com/higheredutah



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