The total number of students increases by 4.45%.
OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University (UVU) welcomed 43,099 students for the 2022 fall semester, according to data provided by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), showing a student population increase of 4.45% over last year.
The strong fall enrollment follows the university’s largest graduating class in 2022. UVU honored 11,734 students receiving a total of 15,351 degrees and certificates.
“Utah Valley University provides accessible and equitable educational opportunities for every student who wants to receive a rewarding postsecondary education,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University. “UVU’s approach to education enables all students to come as they are. We are committed to small class sizes, low tuition, and learning experiences that prepare students to enter Utah’s robust job market.”
One-third of UVU’s majors are studying in STEM fields. The top majors for fall 2022 include Business Management, Computer Science, Psychology, Pre-Professional Endorsement Education, Biology, Exercise Science, Outdoor Recreation, Elementary Education, Art and Design, and University Studies.
The majority of fall 2022 students are from Utah County, and UVU’s non-traditional students, those 25 and older, remained consistent at 21.2%. The average class size is 23 students.
The numbers also show that there are now more female students at Utah Valley University. 50.4% of students identify as female, while 49.6% identify as male. The number of under-represented students, including Black and African Americans, Native Americans, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, remained consistent with last year, although the Hispanic/Latino numbers increased slightly to 12%.
“UVU students are often balancing careers, school, and family. 82% of our students work more than 31 hours a week, 37% are married or in a partnership, and 14% support at least one child,” said Tuminez. “Supporting their need for flexibility through the use of technology enhances student success.”
Fast facts about UVU’s student body:
- 38% are first-generation students, meaning they are the first in their families to pursue a college education
- 29% are age 25 or older
- 37% are married or in a partnership
- 14% support at least one child
- 82% are employed
- 28% work more than 31 hours per week while attending UVU
- 19% are students of color
In addition, the university’s digital transformation strategies accelerated its ability to offer accessible and flexible classes to its students. This fall, 64.5% of instruction is delivered face-to-face and 26.3% online, with the remaining 9.2% delivered through hybrid (online and face-to-face), live-interactive, and live streaming formats.
“UVU students are often balancing careers and family responsibilities. 28% of UVU students work more than 31 hours a week, 37% are married or in a partnership, and 14% support at least one child,” said Tuminez. “Supporting their need for flexibility through the use of technology enhances student success.”
Utah Valley University is also proud of its partnerships with local school districts, which allow students, through concurrent enrollment, to earn degrees while still in high school, cutting the overall cost of their college educations.