OREM, Utah – New projections show that the student population at Utah Valley University could almost double in the next 25 years.
UVU is now the largest university in Utah, and school president Matthew Holland said it’s only going to get bigger. Holland gave a “State of the University” address on February 7th, where he said he expects the school’s population to grow from 35,000 to 65,000 by 2041.
Holland said there’s a lot work to prepare, but he’s optimistic.
“If I may put it so boldy, we face nothing less than the chance to stand as the nation’s very best open-admissions platform for student success,” Holland said.
UVU bought 200 acres in Vineyard, north of the main campus, in 2014. Now they have plans to use that space to build an athletic complex including track-and-field, basketball, and baseball facilities.
The land will also become home to some academic buildings. Moving these facilities off the main campus will make room for what Holland said are much-needed buildings for business and technology. He also said these improvements will take years, but the new facilities will help the university keep pace with increasing college enrollment in Utah.
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