USHE Results

Total Number of Awards by Year and Institution*

USHE’s system goal is to award 336,950 degrees and certificates between the 2010-11 and 2019-20 academic years. To meet this goal, USHE must award an additional 70,182 degrees and certificates over the next 2 years (35,091 per year).

*Source: IPEDS Completions Survey

High School Graduate Participation Rate in a USHE Institution

Due to Utah’s unique population, the rate of enrollment immediately after high school is not a good measure of college participation rates.  In order to measure the participation rate of High School graduates, USHE uses a 5-year rolling average to track progress.  The most recent 5-year rolling average is here.  USHE has set a goal to have 75% of the 2020 High School Graduating class enroll within 5 years of graduation.

Shares of Minority Population, Current and Projected

Utah’s population is projected to become increasingly diverse where the non-white ethnic groups will grow from approximately 22% of Utah’s total population to about 35% by the year 2065. There exists a gap between the state population (22%) and the rate at which people from these ethnically diverse groups enroll (19.9%) at USHE institutions. In order to maintain and increase Utah’s educated workforce, USHE will focus on closing the enrollment gap for these populations. Utah’s public postsecondary student body is almost 20% minority.

Tuition as a Share of Median Household Income

USHE’s system goal is for tuition and fees rates to be no more than 15% of Utah’s median annual household income for research institutions, 10% for regional institutions, and 7% for community colleges.

The average published tuition and fees rate for research institutions is 12.74% of Utah’s median annual household income.

The average published tuition and fees rate for regional institutions is 9.03% of Utah’s median annual household income.

The average published tuition and fees rate for community colleges is 5.79% of Utah’s median annual household income.

Attainment Goal

USHE’s system goal is for 45% of all entering students to receive an award within 8 years by 2025.


USHE’s goal is to increase the  5-year average Fall-to-Fall retention rate to 70% by 2025.

*Degree-seeking students only

Share of High Demand Awards by Field of Study

High-demand awards are identified by mapping the award field to the occupations identified by DWS as high-paying and with strong future growth.

Share of Completers in Teaching and Mental Health Fields

Labor market shortages exist in certain fields that are especially critical to the state’s education system.

High School Graduate Participation Rate in a USHE Institution

USHE’s goal is for costs per award across the system to grow at or below 95% of the 5-year average HEPI.

FY 2017 Space Utilization

The space utilization index considers both classroom usage and station occupancy. The goal is to have a system-wide utilization score of 22.5 by 2025.

USHE Data Book 2020

The Utah System of Higher Education collects data from all eight of the public institutions of higher education in the state to help in planning, management, and reporting. The USHE Data Book is an annual compilation published each spring since 2002.

Examples of common questions that may be answered from the 2020 edition of the USHE Data Book are:

• How many and what types of degrees were awarded in 2018-19?
• How did USHE enrollments differ from previous years?
• How does tuition at two- and four-year colleges compare?
• What kind of financial aid is available at USHE institutions?
• How has state funding of higher education changed over the years?
• What did it cost in 2018-19 to educate a student at a USHE institution?
• How do faculty salaries in Utah compare to those in other states?
• How is space inventory classified by each USHE institution?