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Enrollment reports show more returned missionaries this fall

New enrollment reports released today show BYU has more returned missionaries on campus this fall than ever before. Currently 16,724 students have served missions, a 10 percent increase from fall 2012.

The increase comes from the surge of students who responded to the missionary age change announcement made by President Thomas S. Monson in October 2012. Currently, 19 percent of female students (2,518 individuals) and 87 percent (14,206) of male students are returned missionaries.

For comparison, 10 percent of female students and 79 percent of male students had served missions as of fall 2012. Of course, the new numbers don’t include the major wave of students on missions anticipated to return in time for the fall 2015 semester.

Due to the response to the missionary-age-change announcement, BYU’s enrollment has also dipped for the second straight year, albeit only slightly this year. This fall, BYU’s overall daytime enrollment, including graduate and undergraduate students, comes in a shade under 30,000, at 29,672 students. BYU’s enrollment was 30,243 in fall 2013.

Those numbers reflect an 11 percent decrease in enrollment from fall 2012. With the wave of previously admitted students who deferred enrollment to serve missions slated to come home over the next year, BYU anticipates its enrollment will return to previous levels by fall 2015.

Here are a few other facts and figures from the fall 2014 enrollment reports:

Student Demographics

  • Total Undergraduate students      26,674
  • Total Graduate students              2,998
  • Male/Female Ratio                      55/45%
  • U.S./International                       94/6%
  • States represented                     50
  • Countries represented                105
  • Single/Married                           74/26%
  • LDS/Non-LDS                            98.7/1.3%

Top States Represented

  • Utah                                         9,910 (33%)
  • California                                  3,618 (12%)
  • Idaho                                       1,613 (5.4%)
  • Washington                               1,476 (5.0%)
  • Texas                                       1,457 (4.9%)

Colleges with highest enrollment (undergraduate)

  • Life Sciences                              5,109
  • School of Management                4,354
  • Fine Arts & Communications        3,533
  • Engineering & Technology           3,473
  • Family, Home & Social Sciences   3,173
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