Enrollment numbers up at USU

USU enrollment staff has been toying with the idea of creating a waiting list of future incoming freshmen, because an increase in enrollment as well as issues associated with accommodating more students have been recognized, said Admissions director Jennifer Putnam.”The economy, hands down, has fed that increase in application,” Putnam said.During the third week of the spring 2010 school year, USU’s enrollment was up 1,363 students from fall 2009 semester, which is an increase of more than 6 percent, according to Utah State Higher Education. Enrollment numbers have not only heightened at USU, but have been elevating throughout the state at all public higher education institutions. Admissions from all 10 public universities saw a total increase of 13,104 students, a 9 percent increase.”We’ve seen steady growth, but it’s not significant enough yet to impact students’ education,” Putnam said.Admissions faculty has observed positive and negative affects that may result from the enrollment increase. With a larger student population, USU entities, such as the USU Bookstore, Housing and activities, rake in more money. On the other hand, the budget to improve all aspects of academics suffers because there is “no money to backfill,” Putnam said.With recent and future budget cuts that limit staff, faculty and course options, it is unlikely that a large portion of additional students will be able to attend USU. However, USU’s regional campuses will be able to be more flexible with enrollment, said James Morales, Student Services vice president.

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