Utah Valley University (UVU)

800 W University Parkway, Orem, UT

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Utah Valley University (UVU), located in Orem, Utah, is an institution of higher education that emphasizes hands-on learning that it refers to as "engaged learning," and earned the school the status of a "community engaged" school. In fact, UVU has an "Engaged Learning Office" and receives grants to support its many engaged learning projects, which includes internships and community service.

UVU offers 57 bachelor's degree programs and three master's degree programs.  Additionally, UVU offers many career and technical training programs both on campus and through its partnership with Mountainland Applied Technology College.


In 1941, UVU was founded as Central Utah Vocational School to provide war production training. It was part of the Provo School District in Utah. In 1947, the school received funds to become a permanent state school, and in 1948 it received a permanent campus site in Provo. Once the school grew, the state acquired more land for a larger campus in Orem, Utah. The first building at this new site was erected in 1977.  After several name changes through the years, the school is now called the Utah Valley University (UVU). It has 46 buildings on its main Orem Campus, with additional sites in Provo, Heber City and Lehi, Utah. The school's mission remains to serve the communities in the southern Utah region, including Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.


Utah Valley University's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and a summer term that is comprised of three shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Health
  • College of Technology and Computing
  • School of Public Services
  • School of the Arts
  • School of Education
  • University College
  • Woodbury School of Business

In addition to its Colleges and Schools, UVU has several academic centers and Institutes.

Student Life

There is much to do at UVU, and many opportunities for student involvement.  UVU has many student clubs and organizations that focus on academics, sports, religion, special interests and more. For students who are interested in the arts, there are exhibits, showings and performances available at the Woodbury Art Museum, Noorda Theatre, Regan Theatre, and UCCU Center for sports events. In addition to intramural sports teams, there is the Outdoor Adventure Center, which organizes outdoor excursions that include river rafting, skiing, and rock climbing.

Additional services and facilities for students include a multicultural center, Service Learning Center, Center for the Advancement of Leadership, Honors Program, Student Ambassadors program, and more.  


The "Wolverines" athletic teams of UVU compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Orem, Utah, UVU has the following campuses and sites:

  • Wasatch Campus (Heber City, Utah)
  • Provo Airport Campus (Provo Municipal Airport)
  • Canyon Park Building (Orem, Utah)
  • Capitol Reef Field Station (Capitol Reef National Park, Utah)
  • UVU North (Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs, Utah)
  • UVU North (Lehi Jr. High School, Orem, Utah)
  • UVU West (Orem, Utah)
  • UVU South (Spanish Fork High School, Orem, Utah)
  • Mountainland Applied Technology College

Community Life

Orem, Utah is located 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City.  It is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains near Utah Lake. Students and community members have access to outdoor adventures year round, such as water or snow skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.  There are numerous parks in Orem, and the many outdoor concerts and other community activities contribute to making it a great place to raise a family. Orem also boasts a vibrant grass roots art and music scene, in addition to its excellent shopping venues.  The Orem area is also a hub for business, with many major companies and start-ups located in the region.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Utah Valley University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Utah Valley University is about 33,000. The student body is made up of 99% undergraduate students and 13% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $35 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $4,700-$5,600
    • Out-of-State: $14,000-$17,390
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $200-$240 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $620-$740 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid79%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships68%$6,224
Receiving Student Loans28%$4,770

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Utah Valley University may offer services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

Utah Valley University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 24%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years3%
Graduating in 5 Years3%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

UVU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Western Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Western Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Western Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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