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Utah Valley University remains largest institution of higher education in state system

12 October 2016 No Comment

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 |lshumway@uvu.edu

Chris Taylor | 801-863-8484 | taylorch@uvu.edu

Orem, Utah – Established in 1941, Utah Valley University is considered relatively young by higher education standards. Based on its enrollment growth, however, one would never guess it.

Enrollment data released today by the Utah System of Higher Education indicate UVU remains the largest institution of higher education in the state system for the second year running. Seventy-five years since its founding, total enrollment at UVU has crested the 34,000 mark for the first time in its history and sits just shy of 35,000 at 34,978.

“It is a nod – particularly as we commemorate our 75th anniversary – to those who laid the foundation and further validation of their hard work and sacrifice,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “Few institutions have evolved like UVU has, particularly in such a relatively brief span. This region has asked UVU to offer more with each passing generation to meet the needs of both a growing populace and economy, and it has always delivered and will continue to deliver.”

UVU’s growth this fall accounts for 37 percent of the total growth of the system this fall. UVU added 1,767 students compared to the same time last year, an increase of more than 5 percent. UVU’s full-time equivalent moved to 23,706, an increase of nearly 5 percent. UVU has grown more than 8,000 students since transitioning to university status in 2008 and currently educates more Utahans than any other institution in the state.

UVU welcomed one of its largest freshman classes on record this fall semester, including a 6.4 percent increase in freshman students straight out of high school. In addition to new students, UVU’s enrollment growth was bolstered by an uptick in continuing students and in concurrent enrollment students.

Enrollment of students from underrepresented populations is also up at UVU, with significant increases in Hawaiian native and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Asian students. Additionally, enrollment of female students is up 7 percent.

The institution’s growth is especially remarkable considering its humble roots as a vocational school 75 years ago. In the ensuing decades, UVU has evolved into a technical school, community college and state college before becoming a teaching-focused university in 2008. UVU’s growth curve has become more dramatic in recent years.

“All indications point to sustained growth,” President Holland said. “UVU will remain a critical point of access, as will others in the system, and it will become increasingly important as a state that we continue to invest in higher education in order to meet the state’s growing demand for it.”

About Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 35,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college, and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education and engaged learning.


President Matthew S. Holland and others speak to incoming freshman students in the UCCU Center at the annual Freshman Convocation, Monday August 25, 2014, Utah Valley University (Nathaniel Ray Edwards, UVU Marketing)

President Matthew S. Holland and others speak to incoming freshman students in the UCCU Center at the annual Freshman Convocation, Monday August 25, 2014, Utah Valley University (Nathaniel Ray Edwards, UVU Marketing)





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