USU sets new enrollment record

Utah State University marked another enrollment milestone in its 122-year history with a record fall headcount of 25,767 students, up 702 students from a year ago, and includes a record number of first-time students entering college on the Logan campus. The numbers do not reflect the 21 percent growth at Utah State University – College of Eastern Utah, which merged with USU in July. USU-CEU saw an increase of nearly 500 students for a total of 2,634. The final numbers indicate to Raymond T. Coward, USU executive vice president and provost, that Utah State University is an institution of choice because of its world-class faculty and a commitment to quality education, access and greater diversity. “We are the state’s only land-grant university and the only school in Utah with a specific mandate to provide higher educational opportunities to students across Utah,” Coward said. “We take this mission seriously. We know we can only accomplish this task by offering high quality education at an affordable price and by opening our doors and arms to students of all cultures and backgrounds.” David Peadon, a senior from West Jordan, Utah, speaks highly of USU’s value. “The education you get at USU is amazing for how little tuition costs,” he said. “All the benefits you get from being a student here are well worth what you pay. In one of my degrees, accounting, USU ranks in the top 10 percent of pass rates for the CPA exam. This gives me confidence in the quality of my education.” USU’s Logan campus marked 16,472 students, up 860 from a year ago. First-time students entering higher education at the Logan campus total an all-time high of 3,125. Enrollment rose 8 percent at USU’s regional campuses and distance education centers, including Brigham City, Southeastern Utah, Tooele and the Uintah Basin. Students at these sites total 12,109 – a record high. First-time students entering higher education at regional campuses is up 23 percent. Overall graduate student enrollment increased 8.3 percent to 3,667, with an 18.2 percent increase noted at the university’s regional campuses. More graduate students are now enrolled at the regional campuses and in online graduate programs than at the Logan campus (2,122 vs. 1,826). Minority student enrollment at USU jumped 26 percent overall to 1,663, with a 48 percent increase at the university’s regional campuses. Students from historically underrepresented groups now comprise 6.5 percent of USU students across the entire system. This growth is fairly even across ethnic and racial groups. More specifically, American Indians have increased by 20 percent; Asians, 20 percent; Blacks, 43 percent; and Hispanics, 26 percent. Leticia Oliva, a sophomore from Logan with a dual major in sociology and business, said USU offers opportunities for minority students to get involved through multicultural services and clubs on campus. “Utah State is perfect at involving all ethnicities through clubs and events,” she said. “If a student doesn’t know about a particular culture, they have countless opportunities to learn about it from other ethnically-diverse students.”

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