Utah Valley University, located on a suburban campus in Orem, Utah, is a publicly funded university and is the largest public university in the state of Utah. UVU was founded in 1941 and was originally known as the Central Utah Vocational School. It was established as the result of the Utah State Vocational Office consolidating federal work program classes into one campus, which was located in Provo, Utah. The school’s name changed to Utah Trade Technical Institute. The school became Utah Technical College at Provo in 1967, and began issuing associate degrees for the first time, and in 1977, it moved to its present location. The school became Utah Valley State College in 1993, and began awarding four-year degrees, and obtained university status in 2007, and began offering masters degrees. UVU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
UVU has an enrollment of approximately 31,562 students. Programs offered include: 66 associate degrees, 21 certificate/diploma programs, 58 bachelor degrees, and 3 master degrees in education, business and nursing. UVU’s academic colleges and schools are the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of the Arts, School of Education, University College, College of Technology and Computing, Woodbury School of Business, School of Public Services and College of Science and Health.
Special programs offered by UVU include extended studies, concurrent enrollment, community and continuing education and distance education. UVU’s office of Extended Studies coordinates and supports educational opportunities at various locations and non-traditional times that initiate opportunities for flexible learning experiences. The Office of Extended Studies works with the school’s academic partners to offer associate and bachelor degree programs that are available by taking evening, weekend and online courses. The schools Concurrent Enrollment Program is a Utah Valley University-high school partnership program that allows qualified students to earn college credit. UVU approved high school instructors teach college classes at the high school, using college curriculum. High school students also have the option of participating in concurrent enrollment live interactive courses, which are taught by UVU professors, and are broadcast to a high school classroom in real-time.
UVU has a distance education program that is a flexible alternative for students that are unable to take classes in the traditional classroom environment. Distance learning allows students to balance receiving an education with their busy lifestyles. The distance education program consists of live interactive, online and broadcast courses. Live interactive courses are originated from the UVU campus, and are transmitted in real time to other regional sites. Students can participate in live lectures by UVU professors, and have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to discussions. Online courses accommodate student’s busy schedules, and students typically participate in online interaction with their professors and fellow students, which is enhanced with a variety of media. Broadcast courses deliver online course content through pre-recorded audio and video lectures and students can download free podcasts, and watch weekly episodes when it is convenient for them. UVU has a support services team that offers technical and logistical support to students and faculty. Support specialists monitor the progress of DE students and work with them to ensure that they meet course deadlines, and offer advice for successful course completion. Distance education course credits can be applied to any of UVU’s degrees, and associate in science, aviation bachelor of Science, aviation associate in applied science, aviation associate in science, business manage associate in applied science, business management associate in science and public emergency services management bachelor of science degrees can be earned entirely through distance education. Tuition for online and broadcast courses the same as for on-campus classes, and students are charged a $52 per course fee.
UVU is a highly respected state college that offers a wide range of degrees and programs. UVU is an academic environment that welcomes, encourages and supports every individual. UVU strives for excellence in liberal arts and sciences, applied technology and the professions, and the school’s programs prepare students for career success, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. Students are encouraged to participate in activities outside of the classroom, and student life opportunities include arts, athletics, student organizations and clubs, health & wellness, intramural, and outdoor adventure center, student government and volunteer opportunities. The completion rate at UVU is 24 percent and the typical student is a white male. A little more than half of the undergraduates at UVU take courses full time.
Tuition is $4,786 for in state students, and $13,518 for out of state students. Around 48 percent of students at UVU accept some form of grant or scholarship aid. Around 35 percent take out Federal Student Loans. The average loan is about $6,825.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:11,148
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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