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Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University Rating: 4.7/5 (13 votes)

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Introduction

Founded in 1961 as Central Utah Vocational School, Utah Valley University has grown in stages to become a full-fledged university that offers technical certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees to meet the growing demands of a diverse community

Beautiful Orem, Utah, located just 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City and situated between Utah Lake and the incredible Wasatch Mountains, offers a plethora of outdoor activities available year round including hiking, camping, rock climbing, water and snow skiing, canoeing and picnicking. For students that may just want to take it easy and do some shopping, there are also two major malls downtown.

The university offers many student organizations as well as an active intercollegiate athletics organization and many club sports so that students may participate actively in campus life. There is also on-campus housing and numerous support systems designed to meet the needs of the diverse population that the UVU serves.

Academics

Utah Valley University believes in “engaged learning” which means that they teach utilizing the dichotomous blend of hands-on and traditional classroom teaching. The goal of the university is to have every single student graduate from their program of choice and UVU works very hard to make that happen. There are a wide array of educational choices that students may choose from that are available via seven different educational colleges.

Some of these colleges include the typical departments such as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of the Arts and the School of Education but there are also some unusual colleges dedicated to meeting the needs of specific students.

One of these is the University College which helps students that need assistance reaching college-level studies in such areas as math and English Composition. This college also provides tutoring services and academic skills services that promote interdisciplinary partnerships as students advance to university-level academics.

The Extended Education Department works with students who may not be able to attend traditional classes and offers courses, degrees and other services that help students bridge the gap between education and jobs and time/distance restrictions. Students may take advantage of online study as well as television courses and live interaction classes.

Utah Valley University’s Interdisciplinary Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in innovative learning methods that cross the boundaries of just one college. This department is home to such programs as the Honors Program, the Leadership Certificate Program and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Finally, UVU’s Graduate Studies Program is home to all of the university’s graduate programs. Students may choose from several different master’s programs including business, nursing and education.

UVU realizes that it’s difficult for some students to get to their main campus for classes every day and as an alternative, they offer both online courses and several satellite campuses that offer night classes. This meets the needs of students who can’t get to campus or who can’t take traditional day courses.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admission

Utah Valley University has an open enrollment policy for undergraduate students and the admissions process is extremely easy. To begin, students will need to complete the online application and pay the application fee. The university takes two business days to process the application and sends out an email confirmation of admission that provides a UV ID. Admissions deadlines are August 15 for fall semester and December 20 for spring semester.

After receiving confirmation, students need to submit official high school transcripts that verify GPA and ACT/AP scores that are used for placement and financial aid purposes. All students under 21 who haven’t completed at least 15 college credits need to submit ACT/SAT scores or take placement testing at the college. There are two options for testing; students may take an ACT replacement test or the Accuplacer test. Students may not register until test scores are submitted.

At this point, students interested in obtaining financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online. There will be a school code specific to UVU that may be used to request that financial eligibility information be sent to the university.

The next step to register at Utah Valley State University is completion of the Webstart pre-advisement course. This is a 20-minute online course and students need to print out the completion certificate at the end and take it with them when they meet with their academic advisor, which is the next step to enrollment. During this meeting, the student will receive personalized information and be cleared to register.

Finally, students will need to attend an orientation in order to help make transition to university life successful and introduce students the many programs and resources available to them at Utah Valley University. After attending orientation, students may register for classes and pay tuition.

Graduate Admission

Admission to one of UVU’s graduate programs is largely dependent on the requirements of the individual programs, but some of the things that students can expect to be required to submit include the application and fee, all undergraduate transcripts, two essay questions that are part of the application, and a current resume that includes educational background and professional experience. Also required will be letters of recommendation, official graduate school preparedness testing such as the GRE or GMAT. Finally, for students who have not completed a degree in the United States and to whom English is not the first language, a TOEFL score may be required.

Financial Aid

Utah Valley University offers a variety of financial aid options including need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans, and work-study programs. Students interested in obtaining assistance paying for tuition, books and living expenses need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online beginning in January. Students should make sure to work closely with the school’s financial aid office in order to meet all of the deadlines for scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5350th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The Utah Valley Wolverines is an NCAA Division I athletics organization that competes in the Great Western Conference. The organization offers several different intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf and track & field. Men may also choose to play baseball and wrestling while women have the additional options of soccer, softball and volleyball. The team colors are green and gold.

In addition to intercollegiate sports, the college also offers several club sports including ultimate frisbee, badminton and soccer.

Bibliography

  • UVU Utah Valley University. Utah Valley University. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.
  • Utah Valley Wolverines: The Official Site of Utah Valley University Athletics. CBS Sports.com College Network. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.
  • City of Orem. City of Orem, Utah. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in Utah and 2623rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.01
Arrest 12 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 15 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 20 0.02
Robbery 10 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 166 0.18
Larceny 2,069 2.30
Vehicle theft 87 0.10

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Orem, UT 84058-5999
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,251 (27,679 urban / 572 rural)
Households8,113 (3.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,928
Families6,304 (3.82 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2776th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,368 $4,368 $13,538
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $718 $718 $718
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $146 $146 $451
FT Graduate Tuition $6,390 $6,390 $15,924
FT Graduate Required Fees $700 $700 $700
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $355 $355 $884
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,062 $6,062 $15,232
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,542 $15,542 $24,712
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,458 $9,458 $18,628

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,584 $4,786 $4,584 $4,786 $13,240 $13,518
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,371 $1,414
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,147 $7,362
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,806 $3,924
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,806 $3,924

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Western Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 41 38 303 75 21 3,913 92 4,611
Accounting 2 2 7 4 112 4 134
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 2 6 17 4 1 211 14 262
American Sign Language (ASL) 1 1 30 33
Art Teacher Education 7 7
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 10 11
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 1 17 23
Banking and Financial Support Services
Biology Teacher Education 7 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8 1 58 1 71
Biotechnology 4 2 28 1 36
Botany/Plant Biology
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 2 1 34 40
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 2 2
Building/Property Maintenance 1 5 6
Business Administration and Management, General 5 1 25 15 2 286 7 352
Business Teacher Education 9 9
Business/Commerce, General 1 2 34 38
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 4 4
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 4 4
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 5 1 7
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 7 4 2 84 3 101
Computer Engineering, General 1 4 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1
Computer Science 1 1 22 2 26
Computer Software Engineering 8 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4 1 23 1 30
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 9 12
Construction Trades, General 14 14
Construction Trades, Other 4 4
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 1 9 1 68 1 84
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 3 1 39 1 45
Curriculum and Instruction 1 2 19 3 25
Dance, General 1 9 1 12
Dance, Other 1 1
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 9 9
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 22 23
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 8 1 1 86 104
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 15 17
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 4 17 23
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 6 1 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 20 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 3 39 2 46
Earth Science Teacher Education
Economics, General 1 6 1 8
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 5 5
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Elementary Education and Teaching 11 3 1 181 196
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 2 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General 1 6 56 1 67
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 18 18
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Environmental Science 5 5
Finance, General 1 2 1 35 40
Financial Planning and Services 1 5 6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 9 1 174 7 196
Fire Services Administration 1 1
Forensic Science and Technology 2 4
General Studies 9 5 57 11 3 802 18 930
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 9 1 10
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 4 5
Health Teacher Education 15 1 16
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 3 3 106 2 120
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
History Teacher Education 2 1 1 24 1 29
History, General 3 1 33 1 42
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 1 5 18 28
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Information Science/Studies 1 15 1 17
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 7 23 32
Lineworker 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 1 1 30 1 37
Mathematics Teacher Education 10 10
Mathematics, General 1 1 10 12
Mechanics and Repairers, General 1 1 2
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering 6 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 4 2 84 98
Music Teacher Education 2 3
Music, General 2 11 13
Operations Management and Supervision 3 3 52 2 61
Philosophy 1 10 1 12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 8 8
Physical Sciences 1 1
Physics, General 3 1 4
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 5 1 35 46
Pre-Engineering 1 12 13
Psychology, General 2 4 38 4 294 3 359
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 4 156 1 166
Robotics Technology/Technician 2 1 1 18 24
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2
Social Work
Spanish Language Teacher Education 2 7 9
Spanish Language and Literature 6 1 1 24 1 33
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 12 2 115 5 139
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Surveying Technology/Surveying 4 4
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 1 1
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 3 2 2 93 104

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1865th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,893 ($65,721 male / $57,586 female)
Number of FT Faculty 576 (381 male / 195 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,574
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $22,884,916

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