ALL NEWS

New student enrollment at Salt Lake Community College is down

Sep 21, 2021, 7:51 AM

SALT LAKE CITY —  The Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) says it has an enrollment problem.  The number of new freshmen dropped by 7.5% in the 2020/2021 school year from the previous year.  While all the other universities and colleges in the state saw their enrollment increase or hold steady.

Dave Woolstenhulme, Utah’s Commissioner for Higher Education told the Deseret News the population of students who typically attend community colleges are those most impacted by the pandemic.  And that’s impacting new enrollment.

Erica Shubin, spokeswoman for SLCC also spoke to the Deseret News and confirms Woolstenhulme’s assessment.  She said 80% of the college’s students are considered ‘non-traditional.’ 

They work while going to school, are adult learners and/or are parents. Shubin said she believes a lot of their students had to shift their focus to their family during the pandemic. 

Community colleges around the country are also seeing a significant drop in enrollment.  A study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows freshmen enrollment was down 19% nationally last year.

Woolstenhulme says this puts a financial burden on SLCC as 25% of their budget comes from enrollment fees.

SLCC did drop its $40 fee this year.  This fall’s enrollment numbers have not been released.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

rust alec baldwin...
ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer

Lawsuit settled, filming of “Rust” may resume after Alec Baldwin shooting

Matthew Hutchins, widow of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, says filming will resume on "Rust" in January with the same principal players.
16 hours ago
best before labels...
DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Business Writer

Keep it or toss it? ‘Best Before’ labels cause confusion

Manufacturers have used the labels for decades, but some say "best before" labels have nothing to do with safety and that they encourage food waste.
16 hours ago
Rows of autism sensory packets are pictured at the Utah Highway Patrol office on Oct. 5, 2022 in Mu...
Adam Small

Utah Highway Patrol receives tools for interactions with people with autism

Autism sensory bags will help Utah Highway Patrol troopers de-escalate situations that could be stressful for everyone involved.
16 hours ago
big dog adoption...
Simone Seikaly

Best Friends waives adoption fees for large dogs during October

The society reports that animal shelters and rescue groups across the state are filled with dogs that weigh over 40 pounds.
16 hours ago
Teachers are shown at the Tooele School District...
Ashmita Shanthakumar

Tooele School District launches program to help students experiencing homelessness

The Tooele School District offers resources to students and their families who experience homelessness and take donations to help those in need.
16 hours ago
An irrigator in Smithfield is pictured spreading water...
Adam Small

Smithfield asks residents to stop using outdoor water

The Smithfield City water restrictions come as a result of the mechanical failure of one of the city's culinary water wells.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
New student enrollment at Salt Lake Community College is down