New Utah State University enrollment figures are routinely announced during the third week of Fall semester, but Director of Admissions Katie North said she expects the numbers to be “flat” because more students have graduated recently.
“We have less continuing students coming because we’ve actually graduated more students,” North explained. “Last year, we graduated about 15 percent more than the year before. So, we’re graduating a lot of students which is really what our goal is, to get students to Utah State but actually get them a degree and get them out.”
She said a missionary age change a few years ago has also affected enrollment figures.
“We had a lot of students that left on an LDS mission and all came back. And that group is now finishing that four years. So, we had more students graduate because of that.
“We also are encouraging students to get…through faster. Most students have taken 12 credits, which is full time. But we’re really pushing students to take 15 credits.”
She said considering all factors, including a larger incoming class of freshmen, when official Fall semester figures are announced she estimates the total to again be about 28,000 across all USU campuses.
She said the school has put into place several programs to help students graduate faster, helping them get into the work force sooner.