USHE enrollment grows at degree-granting colleges and universities

Technical college enrollment data to be released later this month

In its annual release, data from the Utah System of Higher Education shows enrollment at Utah’s degree-granting public colleges and universities rose 1.45% compared to last year. Though up in total undergraduate enrollment at USHE degree-granting institutions (1.60%), graduate enrollment saw a slight decrease over last year (-0.34%).

Degree-granting institution fall enrollment headcount is measured at the third week of the fall semester. Technical college enrollment and headcount are measured at the end of the fiscal quarter. It is anticipated that USHE technical college enrollment data will be released at the end of this month with a full look at systemwide enrollment.

“Contrary to national trends, Utahns are continuing to see the value in higher education, and they are taking steps to enroll in college and better their future,” said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Though we lost some momentum during the pandemic, I am optimistic that we will continue to see more students benefit from completing a certificate or degree at USHE colleges.”

The table below includes the total headcount of all students enrolled at each USHE degree-granting institution.

Fall 2022 Degree-Granting Enrollments, Total Headcount
Institution20222021# Change% Change
Salt Lake Community College26,34827,225-877-3.22%
Snow College5,9976,106-109-1.79%
Southern Utah University14,33013,6117195.28%
University of Utah34,73434,4622720.79%
Utah State University27,94327,4265171.89%
Utah Tech University12,55612,2662902.36%
Utah Valley University43,09941,2621,8374.45%
Weber State University29,91429,7441700.57%
USHE Degree-Granting Total194,921192,1322,7891.45%

Detailed headcount data outlined by institution type, student level, award-seeking (matriculation) status and more is published at

Additionally, particularly at institutions with a community college mission, USHE serves several thousand students in non-traditional programs, which are not budget-related, do not receive any taxpayer support, and are not included in the third-week totals. These include short-term training programs, distance education, and non-credit technical training. Salt Lake Community College’s School of Applied Technology enrollment numbers are included in these third-week totals as one step toward presenting this data. System leadership is continuing to work to present this data in the future for a more holistic picture of enrollment at our institutions.

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