UVU Grows by More Than 3,000 Students
February 18, 2010
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chris Taylor (801) 863-8484
Utah Valley University grew by 3,108 students this spring semester, more than any other university in the state in terms of sheer student volume, as reported today by the Utah System of Higher Education. Total enrollment for spring 2010 topped off at 26,322, up 13 percent over last spring semester.
In budget-related full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment, UVU saw the largest increase in the entire system in terms of numbers, totaling 17,278 and up 2,309 students (15 percent). The percentage of students attending full-time (55 percent) continues to climb as well and is nearly three percentage points higher than it was in fall 2009.
“It’s extremely rewarding to see so many pursuing a higher education. It’s clear that people want to be at Utah Valley University. However, space remains a concern and this further underscores our need for a new science building. Securing that facility is the single most important issue currently facing this institution,” said UVU President Matthew Holland. “Furthermore, and just as important, sustained growth such as this, not only at UVU but system-wide, signals that people need and want higher education. At a time when we’re all in a pinch, we need to invest in the things that can help grow us out of our economic problems as a state.”
While the growth brings some financial relief in the form of tuition revenue at a time when budgets continue to shrink statewide, it further compounds UVU’s space challenges. Currently, UVU has the smallest amount of square feet per student (121 sq. feet) in the Utah System of Higher Education. On the other side of the coin, however, UVU recently became the system’s second largest university. Spring 2010 marked UVU’s ninth consecutive semester of enrollment increases.
Specifically, continuing students accounted for an overwhelming 70 percent of UVU’s total increase, up 2,180 and 13 percent over spring 2009. UVU also experienced a 13 percent increase in returning/former students. Freshman students were up 10 percent. Transfers increased by 4 percent.
UVU’s continues to increase in diversity at significant rates, as represented by its ethnic composition. Hispanic students increased by 34 percent, up 442 students. African-American and Pacific Islander students increased by 22 and 21 percent respectively.