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U. of Phoenix is leaving downtown

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It's apparently what some University of Phoenix students have been waiting for — the November closure of UOP's downtown location.

About 150 students attending class at 675 E. 500 South will now head to the newer, expanded Murray location at 5300 South, UOP officials announced Thursday.

"They're very, very pleased with this," said UOP spokeswoman Jeri Cartwright.

At its peak, the so-called downtown location, which opened in 1995, had 250 students. The goal then was "to help students avoid a challenging and time-consuming commute" to classes at the Taylorsville and Murray campuses during I-15 construction.

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the downtown location was closed for "security" reasons and students were relocated to a Taylorsville location. Since the Olympics, however, UOP officials say they have found that students preferred classes closer to home, especially in the winter, Cartwright said.

UOP will still operate four other campuses in Utah after the closure. Combined enrollment at the Utah campuses is at an "all-time" high with 3,700 students.