Student headcount numbers released, UVU remains largest public university in state


For the fourth year in a row, Utah Valley University is the largest public university in Utah, with a headcount of 39,931 students enrolled for the 2018 fall semester, according to data released today by the Utah System of Higher Education.
The data shows the student population has grown 7.1 percent since last fall. Full-time equivalent enrollment has increased 6.1 percent, with a current population of 26,573. 
UVU’s unique dual-mission model provides the access and affordability of a community college within a first-rate teaching university, all of which allows for increased enrollment and opportunities for educational prosperity.
“We believe everyone deserves access to a college education, and our growth is reflective of that,” said President Astrid S. Tuminez. “High school students are taking UVU classes concurrently. Top scholars are selecting UVU as their first-choice school. Transfer students are deciding to come here over so many other options. We’re seeing students with a myriad of backgrounds and interests who want to be at UVU for their entire college experience.”
To accommodate UVU’s growth, university leaders are fundraising for a new business building, recently broke ground on a pedestrian bridge that will connect the Orem main campus on both sides of I-15, and look forward to the completion of the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, a 130,000-square-foot building that will house the university’s performing arts program.
“UVU is committed to strengthening our service region, which includes Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties,” said Tuminez. “We’re grateful for the state legislature, donors, and community and state officials for their support in helping make this happen.The story of UVU’s growth is the story of Utah’s own trajectory as a state in numbers, opportunity, and innovation. It is so exciting to be a part of this.”
About Utah Valley University
At 39,931 students and growing, Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah and one of a few in the nation offering a dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. UVU’s unique model, which focuses on student success, engaged learning, rigorous academic programs and faculty-mentored research, is transforming higher education by making it more affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds.