Snow College is located in the magnificent Sanpete Valley in the city of Ephraim, just 120 miles south of Salt Lake City. Originally founded in 1888, the college was an academy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until 1932, the year that Snow became a state college. The college’s goal is to provide an excellent education to students with a diverse range of educational goals and in that spirit offers programs, classes, courses, technical certificates and degrees to students from ages 16 to 110.
Snow College has an extremely competitive athletics program. The Snow Badgers compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association and offer a handful of different sports as well as a cheerleading squad and drill team. In addition, the college has numerous student organizations including club sports as well as social, political, and cultural clubs. Students may choose to live on campus and Snow College offers both individual and family housing at extremely reasonable rates that include utilities.
There are numerous support systems and programs available to Snow College students, including the Student Wellness Center, the Fitness Center and several other programs.
The local community of Ephraim offers many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, picnicking and browsing the local farmer’s market. In addition, there are numerous shopping opportunities and wonderful restaurants for students that would like a little bit of time soaking up local culture.
Snow College strives to meet the varied educational needs of a diverse community. In order to meet this goal, they provide a wide array of educational options designed to meet the goals of many different people from all walks of life. The college offers technical certificates and associate degrees in over 60 areas of study. In addition to standard degrees, Snow also offers continuing education credits to professionals who need to maintain certification in their fields as well as individual courses designed for professional or personal enrichment.
In addition to traditional educational opportunities, Snow College has several programs targeted at a specialized areas of students. These programs provide opportunities to students with various needs and goals and provide extra advantages that are not available in standard programs.
The Honors Program at Snow College provides an exciting educational opportunity to students with a strong academic record. The program provides small classes that promote lively academic discussion, faculty interaction and the opportunity to learn from peers. This program is not in addition to classes but rather in place of them. Students get the chance to participate in academic and recreational field trips to cultural and educational events as well as fun activities such as camping and canoeing.
In addition to these advantages, students also have access to scholarships not available the general student population both at Snow and at select universities. The Honors Program is designed for academically advanced students seeking to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program.
Snow Senior Program
Snow College offers this program to people aged 50 and older and coordinates one fun, enriching meeting or activity per month. This program includes such activities as trips to Capitol Reef Park and sometimes stops for lunch at unique restaurants and at historical or interesting places along the way. There is a nominal cost for this program but the activities should be well worth the money.
Non-traditional educational opportunities
Snow College recognizes that many students wish to pursue higher education but cannot attend traditional daytime classes. In an effort to meet the needs of this group of people, the college offers night classes, online courses and degrees, televised courses that take place in the evening and non-credit community education classes. Also, the school offers a dual enrollment program so that high school students may get a head start on college careers.
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Snow College has an open enrollment policy and accepts applications on a rolling basis. In order for students to begin the enrollment they must first complete the online application and pay an application fee. Students should also apply for student aid at this time in order to allow time for an awards packet to be sent to the school in time to pay tuition and buy books.
The next step students need to take is to complete the Snow Start Pre-Advisement Session online. Students that haven’t obtained a student ID number will need to to do so online prior to completing the session. After completing this step, students will need to print out the certificate of completion and bring it to their advisory meeting, which is the next step.
All students that are under the age of 21 and who have not completed at least 20 college credits need to submit ACT or SAT scores. Though acceptance is not dependent upon test scores, class placement is. For students that have not yet taken either test, Snow College offers an accuplacer Math Placement test at the college. Students also need to submit high school transcripts along with any college transcripts, if applicable.
After completing these steps, students need to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in order to discuss course and program suggestions and to get cleared for registration. Finally, students may register for classes and pay tuition and fees. While registering for classes, students need to remember to register for Smart Start, Snow College’s Freshman Orientation.
For students that need assistance paying for college, Snow College offers scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. There are both need-based and athletic and academic merit-based scholarships. Students wishing to apply for financial aid need to begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid available online starting in January. Financial information for both the student and family will be required in order to complete the application so the student should have this available prior to beginning the process.
The Snow Badgers compete quite successfully in the National Junior College Athletic Association and offer men’s and women’s basketball in addition to men’s football and women’s softball and volleyball. The teams consistently play well and athletes regularly go on to play at the NCAA level at four-year institutions. The Badgers’ colors are blue and white and in addition to the sports teams there is also a cheerleading squad and a drill team.
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