SALT LAKE CITY — Fall headcount at Utah’s public schools and universities neared 184,000 this fall — up almost four,000 college students from a yr ago, in accordance with new numbers launched Thursday by the Utah System of Larger Schooling.
The increase was led by 7 %-plus increases at Utah Valley College and Southern Utah College, with UVU remaining the state’s largest institution with its headcount nearing forty,000 students.
“It’s fantastic that so many college students are choosing to attend school, as it should make a big difference of their future earnings and opportunities in life,” stated Harris Simmons, chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents.
“With the anticipated inflow of scholars over the subsequent decade, it is going to be more and more necessary to continue to receive legislative help to maintain larger schooling accessible and reasonably priced for all Utahns.”
SUU experienced a state-leading 7.69 % improve over last yr to spice up its headcount to 10,196 college students.
“It’s fantastic to see college students coming to SUU in larger numbers, but what’s even more satisfying is seeing our students have a terrific expertise right here and succeed at high levels,” SUU President Scott Wyatt stated in a press release.
SUU’s incoming class, its largest ever, had a mean GPA of three.fifty two, “making them probably the most prepared freshman class in SUU’s historical past,” in line with a college press launch.
Systemwide, fall enrollment grew by three,915 college students, for a internet improve of two.17 % over the earlier yr.
Enrollment at state schools and universities point out a further fifty seven,000 students will enroll in these establishments over the subsequent decade.
Two schools skilled slight decreases in enrollment, a 1.57 % dip at Salt Lake Group School and an almost 1 % drop on the state’s smallest public establishment, Snow School. Its fall enrollment was 5,514, down forty nine college students from a yr in the past.
Enrollment at SLCC dropped by 464 college students to 29,154 however it remains the third largest public institution in Utah.
Headcounts at the University of Utah, Utah State College and Weber State College increased barely from the previous yr.
A headcount is totally different than full-time enrollment. Headcounts rely every scholar who takes a class.
Eight out of 10 Utah highschool graduates who enroll in school attend one in every of Utah’s public schools and universities.