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Snow enrollment continues to rise, numbers show fewer part-time students, but more full-time

Snow enrollment continues to rise, numbers show fewer part-time students, but more full-time

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

11-3-2016

 

EPHRAIM—Snow College has seen an increase in student enrollment for the ninth year in a row, according to a report released by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

Each year the USHE releases official data for public colleges and universities. The data concludes that the number of students increased by 239, for a total student body of 5,350, a 4.68 percent increase from 2015.

Students attending full-time, enrolled in 12 or more credit hours, also saw a substantial increase of 23.4 percent, jumping from 3,269 to 4,034 students.

Students who are enrolled part-time went from 1,842 in 2015 down to 1,316 in 2106, which suggests more students are choosing to enroll at Snow full-time.

“We are pleased to see more students choosing Snow and the great opportunities here for them,” Gary Carlson, Snow College President, said. “This is a tribute to our quality faculty and staff who care about students’ success and well-being.”

Snow’s upward trend continues with the largest continuing student class the school has seen to date.  Continuing students are those who enroll in semesters consecutively without taking time off, such as over the summer.

According to a report the school released on Oct. 12, 1,653 continuing student enrollment increased by 84 students from last year.

Another area of significant growth is in the number of high school students enrolled. This suggests more high school kids are aiming to get a jump start on their college education.

Currently, there are 1,631 students utilizing interactive video conferencing and attending face-to-face classes at Snow, an increase of 221 from 2015.

Academic Affairs Vice President Steve Hood said, “We appreciate our faculty who has worked diligently to incorporate new teaching techniques and provide opportunities to students throughout the state. We also appreciate members of the legislature who saw the need for increased access opportunities and helped fund the concurrent enrollment expansion program.”

For more information about The Utah System of Higher Education, please see higheredutah.org.