Utah Valley University is Still Largest Public University in the State with Nearly 41,000 Students

Utah Valley University (UVU) continues to be the state’s largest public university with an enrollment of 40,936.


Utah Valley University continues to be the state’s largest public university with an enrollment of 40,936. While the number of students enrolled for fall 2020 showed a slight decrease of 1.9% compared to 2019, the university saw an increase in the number of Utah students, especially juniors, seniors, and graduate students. 

"We found that students are staying closer to home during the pandemic," said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University. "The numbers show we are educating more Utahns, which is our mandate from the legislature. As always, we are committed to providing education that is accessible, affordable, and relevant."

The number of juniors and seniors at UVU increased by 1% respectively, while sophomores decreased by 1% and freshmen by 4%. The number of international students decreased by 28% and non-residents by 15%. Post high school Utah resident students increased by 1.2%.

UVU also saw increased enrollment in its graduate programs in business, education, and behavioral sciences. Undergraduate programs with significant growth include accounting, art and design, aviation, biology, culinary arts, elementary education, engineering, financial planning, history and political science, nursing, philosophy and humanities, public and community health, and social work.

“We offer students multiple options ranging from career and technical education to bachelor’s and master’s degrees — all under one roof,” said Wayne Vaught, UVU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “UVU is providing opportunities for everyone and providing graduates to fill jobs that our region and state need.”

Fast facts about UVU’s student body:

  • 37% are first-generation students, meaning that neither of the student’s parents completed a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 19% are students of color
  • 30% are age 25 or older
  • 38% are married or in a partnership
  • 17% support at least one child
  • 81% are employed while attending UVU
  • 49% work at least 21 hours per week
  • 24% work more than 31 hours per week