Here's how Utah colleges avoided steep enrollment drops after Mormon missionary change

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  • Dr. Thom Long Beach, CA
    Sept. 1, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    They (missionaries) eventually do come home!

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    To "moniker lewinsky" too bad you had a bad experience at the U of U. When I was there the girls that got asked out were nice girls that were not continually looking for dates and flirting with any guy that came across their path.

    If a girl really wants to get asked out, I would suggest taking a math or science class, and hanging out in the Engineering building common areas and asking the single guys for help. It is a great way to break the ice, and the guy to girl ratio favors girls. Plus, the guy will probably be handy to have around for rewiring your sound system or fixing your car.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    "if the guys are wealthy, popular, handsome like a magazine cover model, drives a new truck they get the dates. the hard working students whom focus on becoming a future graduate and drive older cars are ignored. the girls are becoming snobby and overly picky." DJK This seems like a nice turn of events from when I spent 5 years in a U of U university ward and you only got a date if you were a bleached blond with an eating disorder. You can read the most recent issue of "Ask Angela" because it won't let me link. (You'd think it would please the moderators to link to their own site.)

  • UteExpat New York, NY
    Aug. 26, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Some of you dudes need to relax. My comment was made with tongue firmly in cheek. For what it's worth, I am an active member of the LDS faith, a returned missionary and *gasp* a Utah grad. I never swilled beer and my knuckles only drag on the ground when I post on the DesNews comment boards (not that there's anything wrong with either). gharmons, I actually think you and I were making the same point. My comment was meant to elicit a knowing chuckle among my particular cohort--nothing more. Don't worry, I won't quit my day job (yes, I have one--I did not make either of these posts from the computer in my parents' basement).

  • Michael Matthews Omaha, NE
    Aug. 26, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    @ RG, SVU was left out, but then again so was BYU-I, LDS Business College, BYU-H, and others. So don't feel too bad. Love SVU too.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    my son at byui says that the girl ratio is so low the guys are hanging out because the girls know they can be overly picky. if the guys are wealthy, popular, handsome like a magazine cover model, drives a new truck they get the dates. the hard working students whom focus on becoming a future graduate and drive older cars are ignored. the girls are becoming snobby and overly picky.

  • Curmedgeon Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    My son and daugher, who live in Washington were admitted to USU with non-resident waivers due to their Grandparents having graduated from USU. Previously, USU has given non-residents wiavers if one of their parents graduated from USU. I have a number of neices and nephews that have benefited from that. THis spring, however, when the wiaver was extended to include grand-parents, this made it possible for my kids to attend USU at the residency rate.

  • gharmons Helendale, CA
    Aug. 26, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    I am a BYU graduate and fan, and I find UteExpat's comments about U of U students to be offensive. Some very fine people attend Utah, some of them people who would prefer to go to the "Y" but can't afford to go there. Some live close to SLC and can't go "away" to school or commute daily. There are many things I don't like about Utah "fans" as a whole, and some do not go to BYU because they don't want to live by the Honor Code—but don't paint everyone with the same, broad brush.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Aug. 26, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    Southern Virginia University faced this same issue, and has also taken steps to solve the problem of fewer students. Too bad SVU was left out of this article.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    I am glad to see BYU allowed for an enrollment drop this year. I was very concerned that they would fill in the gaps, with the result being very few graduating HS seniors two years out would be able to get in as the first wave of "extra" missionaries comes back, filling campus to capacity. I'm sure they have enough applicants to fill the empty slots without lowering academic standards, but the longer term issues would creep up unless they planned to allow for a growing enrollment figure in 2016 and beyond. I'm curious how Snow plans to handle the sudden spike in enrollment they will see as they have essentially replaced a short-term drop in numbers...more buildings, more online courses, larger classes...?

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Now what do those same institutions plan on doing in 2 years when this initial wave of missionaries returns?

  • Colorado Reader Littleton, CO
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    Funny, I couldn't get USU to waive my son's out of state tuition because he will be a Soph and not a new Freshman!

    @UteExpat….I don't see one comment from BYU fans, only comments from insecure Utes.

  • Utes home for the holidays Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    @Expat. Replace "only" with "largely"

  • UteExpat New York, NY
    Aug. 26, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    No information on the U's enrollment needed--just ask a BYU fan: the change in missionary age/eligibility will have a negligible effect on the U (you know, because the U only appeals to beer-swilling, knuckle-dragging heathens who couldn't or wouldn't go on missions anyway).