Mormon mission change: Utah universities start with fewer students

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At the beginning of the first full school year since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lowered age requirements for its missionaries, Utah colleges and universities say they are expecting to lose students, with some projected declines numbering more than 1,000 people.

But at a couple of institutions expecting to be hardest-hit by the change, the losses don’t look as serious as feared. At Snow College, for example, President Scott Wyatt was darkly contemplating layoffs last year to ease the loss of tuition dollars. While the junior college did lose two-thirds of its sophomore class, Wyatt said a bumper crop of freshmen more than made up the difference and they may post enrollment growth this fall.

"We’re seeing a huge increase of students from the Wasatch Front, students who want to get away from home, affordably," he said./p>

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