This archived article was written by: Chase Dâ€™Ambrosio
Although the numbers reflecting enrollment at the College of Eastern Utah are lower then last year’s; the numbers reflecting the student’s majors remains high in the same fields as the previous year. With most students yearning to pursue pre-nursing and business as their selected fields, life science and pre-occupational therapy find themselves with only one major each.
Incredibly over half of the students at CEU have not chosen a desired field to pursue. With approximately 855 students listed as undecided out of a total of 1,665, it is possible that the numbers could change drastically throughout the school year.
Pre-nursing and business/commerce’s high numbers definitely stand out amongst competing fields, but could still fall behind other popular fields by the end of the year such as criminal justice with 54, nursing 48, cosmetology 30, engineering 25, welding 25, theatre 24, psychology 23, auto mechanics 23, early childhood education 23, heavy equipment and trucking 19, pre-med 17, business administration 17, accounting 13, biology 13, elementary education 13, music 11, building construction 10, and diesel mechanics with a total of 10 students pursuing this major.
Some of CEU’s least popular fields include art with nine, pre-physical therapy with eight, drafting with eight, ELAP with seven, pre-dental with seven, English with six, mining with six, chemistry with five, communications with five, IELC with five, computer engineering with four, computer networking with four, pre-veterinary
with four, pre-forestry with four, dance with four, geology with three, health with three, pre-pharmacy with three, physical education with three, administrative assistant with two, business communication with two, early education with two, history with two, language with two, math with two, mechanical engineer with two, physics with two, political science with two, pre-engineering with two, sociology with two, and special education with only two students pursuing their majors in that field.
The least popular majoring fields this year seem to be anthropology, apprenticeships, archeology, electrical engineering, family studies, life science, pre-occupational theory, radiology tech, recreation, secretary studies, speech therapy, wilderness and zoology with one student majoring in each of these fields.
The excessive drop in enrollment has also caused an excessive drop in desired majors as compared to previous years. Many numbers have dropped since last year in fields such as criminal justice which had 65 students last year, nursing 49, cosmetology 36, engineering 34, early childhood education 29, welding and technology 24, elementary education 21, psychology 20, pre-medicine 18, education 17, business administration 15, biology 11 and pre-dentistry with 10 students last year.
The statistics prove that numbers are much lower this year then in previous years, which are reflected upon the majoring fields.
For the most part the numbers have dropped excessively compared to last year’s, but the fields desired the most by students remain the same. Last year the liberal arts department had the highest amount of desired majors with 401 with pre-nursing following right behind it.
Pre-Nursing as of September 19 has a total of 109 students compared to last year’s 110 students, making it the most heavily perused career choice for CEU students. Business falls into second place this year with 90 students matching last year’s number of business majors.