Welcoming Our Largest-ever Incoming Class

Fall 2021 saw more than 5,000 new students—a 20% jump from the previous year—and increased diversity

Enrollment of first-time freshmen at the U skyrocketed 20% to 5,361 students last fall, making the class of 2025 the first with more than 5,000 students. This remarkable growth comes on the heels of seeing 6% more in Fall 2020. Overall enrollment is up 4.2% and has reached a record level 34,424 students, including new highs in undergraduate and graduate enrollment—up 4.8% and 2.3%, respectively. Additionally, the number of new transfer students (1,448) went up 2.3%.

“This is an incredible and exciting milestone for the University of Utah,” says U President Taylor Randall HBA’90. “It speaks to the value and quality we offer and reflects our solid reputation as one of the nation’s top public research universities.”

The U also enrolled historically high numbers of domestic students of color, international students, and both in-state and out-of-state students. Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for Enrollment Management, attributes the tremendous growth to recognition of the quality of a degree from the U, a new scholarship award strategy, and extensive outreach to new students.

“The fact that we continued to significantly grow our enrollment throughout a pandemic demonstrates that we are succeeding in expanding access to the U,” says Robinson. “It’s clear the U continues to be an academic destination, not only in Utah but nationally and, increasingly, internationally as well.”


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