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Utah Valley University
UVU Seal.png
Motto "Engage"
Established 1941
Type Public
President Noah Cook
Undergraduates 26,696
Location Orem, Utah, USA
40°16′40″N 111°42′50″W / 40.27778°N 111.71389°W / 40.27778; -111.71389Coordinates: 40°16′40″N 111°42′50″W / 40.27778°N 111.71389°W / 40.27778; -111.71389
Campus Suburban
Colors Green & Gold (Yellow), with White trim
Mascot Wolverine
Website www.uvu.edu
UVU wordmark

Utah Valley University or UVU, is a publicly-funded university located in Orem, Utah. Although Utah Valley has many courses of study, including a growing number of bachelor's degree programs, it still retains many of its trade and technical school roots. The university currently offers approximately 58 bachelor degrees, 60 associate degrees, and more than 20 certificate/diploma programs and high-demand master degrees in education and nursing.

The university’s Wasatch Campus in Heber City, Utah, also offers bachelor degrees in business management and secondary education, as well as associate degrees in accounting, behavioral science, business management, elementary education and general education.

Utah Valley University is a teaching institution that prepares students through a combination of academic and hands-on learning, a process dubbed "engaged learning" at UVU. The institution was awarded the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation in 2008[1].

Previously called Utah Valley State College (UVSC), the school attained university status in July 2008, changing to Utah Valley University. Matthew S. Holland, appointed as the first president of UVU, officially began his duties on June 1, 2009. [2]



UVU was founded in the fall of 1941 by Andrew Carlin, when the Utah State Vocational Office consolidated federal work program classes into one campus in Provo. At this time, the school was known as the Central Utah Vocational School. Growth brought numerous changes to UVU over the following decades, and the school was renamed several times to reflect its changing role. In 1963, the name was changed from Central Utah Vocational School to Utah Trade Technical Institute. In 1967, the school became Utah Technical College at Provo, and was given the authority to confer associate degrees for the first time. In 1977, the institution began moving to its present location beside the I-15 in Orem. In 1987, it became Utah Valley Community College.

It wasn't until 1993 that the school was named Utah Valley State College and began awarding four-year degrees. The Utah legislature approved renaming it as a university in February 2007 (effective July 1, 2008), allowing it to begin offering master's degrees, although the school continues to place particular emphasis on its two- and four-year degree programs.

In July 2008, the institution was awarded university status and changed its name to Utah Valley University to reflect the shift.

UVU is Utah's second-largest public university, and the largest employer in Orem[citation needed], with over 1,300 salaried faculty and staff, and 3,540 part- and full-time staff.

When it was a community college, the school had approximately 8,000 students enrolled, and now has 28,000 students, growing by approximately 3,000 students a year. [3][4]



Accreditation and admissions

UVU was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools in 1969, and had its accreditation renewed in 1984, 1995, and 2005. Vocational accreditation was granted in 1976, and renewed in 1990 and 1995 by the Utah State Office of Vocational Education. In December 2006, the UVU School of Business received accreditation from the AACSB.

In 2009, UVU students represented all 50 states and 73 countries[citation needed].


Faculty include Scott Carrier, an author and radio producer whose stories have been featured on "This American Life"[5], and Jay DeSart, who created an election forecast model cited by The Wall Street Journal in predicting Barack Obama’s presidential win.[citation needed]

Rankings and awards

University rankings (overall)

Forbes[6] 346

UVU has chosen not to participate in U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings.[7] Since 2001, UVU student teams have placed first or second overall in the national SkillsUSA competition. Each year, students from UVU place well in national Phi Beta Lambda and Delta Epsilon Chi business competitions. At the 2008 national Phi Beta Lambda conference in Atlanta, Georgia, UVU students were awarded twelve top-ten finishes[8].


Digital Learning Center

In September 2006, the school began construction of a new Digital Learning Center to replace the 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) Losee Resource Center (library). The "DLC" is 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) and is located northeast of the Liberal Arts building. It opened on July 1, 2008. UVU President William A. Sederburg hired Cooper, Roberts, Simonsen and Associates and Layton Construction as the design/build team for the new Digital Learning Center, with acclaimed New York architect Jacob Alspector as lead architect. “We chose the design we’re going with because it was an exceptional design that still kept a lot of the same features of our current campus. So it looks like it’s supposed to be there yet it stands out,” said Jim Michaelis, associate vice president of Facilities Planning. The $48 million project includes networked computers, computer labs, a computer reference area (Information Commons), media center, 31 study rooms, and wireless internet throughout the building.

The library is the “greenest” state-owned building in Utah, and won two 2008 awards from Intermountain Construction magazine for its energy efficiency.


The school mascot is the Wolverine, and the colors are green and gold. [9]

The school competes in most major sports at various levels. The school's NCAA sports are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, baseball, wrestling, softball, women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The school also fields several club teams including men's ice hockey (which competes in the ACHA), men's soccer, men's volleyball, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's rugby.

The Wolverines play their home basketball games in the 8,500-seat McKay Events Center. The men's basketball team finished the 2008-09 season with a 17-11 record[10], which capped off its 26th winning season in a row. The McKay Center is also home to the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League and the Utah Valley Thunder of the American Indoor Football Association.

The baseball team plays at Brent Brown Ballpark, a 2,500-seat facility (3,000 additional fans can sit on a grass berm that wraps around third base and left field, bringing total capacity to 5,500) that opened on March 25, 2005. Brent Brown Ballpark is also the home of the Orem Owlz, a minor-league affiliate of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, that competes in the Pioneer Baseball League.

The school's club hockey team, which competes in ACHA Division 2, plays its home games at the Peaks Ice Arena, a 2002 Winter Olympics hockey venue.

The athletic program is in NCAA Division I. After numerous years of playing as an independent team, the Wolverines are now affiliated with the Great West Conference, which began its inaugural all-sports season in 2008-09. [11]

The UVU student section is called the Mighty Athletic Wolverine League, or MAWL, a name created by student and executive vice president Justin Davies.


The school has an independent, student-run weekly newspaper called the UVU Review. The newspaper began publishing under the name on June 30, 2008, the day before the university transition became official.[12] UVU Review's Editor-in-Chief was Jack Waters for the 2008-09 year, followed by Jennie Nicholls-Smith in 2009-10.[13]

Fire Academy

The school is one of few Utah universities which provides free training to Utah fire agencies. In August 2009, the university unveiled a 53-foot long Mobile Command Center, acquired by federal grants. The Utah Valley University Fire Academy Mobile Command Training Center cost an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 and provides both students and firefighters with realistic fire training. [14]



  1. ^ "2008 Carnegie Classification". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/news/sub.asp?key=51&subkey=2821. 
  2. ^ http://media.www.uvureview.com/media/storage/paper982/news/2009/06/22/News/University.Key.Passed.To.Pres.Holland-3748808.shtml
  3. ^ "UVU looking for funds to replace overloaded science building". The Daily Herald. 2010. http://heraldextra.com/news/local/central/orem/article_846a476e-58d5-5db9-bb23-8754e14098e2.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  4. ^ http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/college/article_5ffb95fb-b0d8-5cd2-b643-1b6e419e5600.html
  5. ^ http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=866
  6. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. 2009. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/94/colleges-09_Americas-Best-Colleges_Rank.html. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/orem-ut/utah-valley-4027
  8. ^ "National Leadership Conference Results". FBLA-PBL, Inc.. http://utah-fbla-pbl.org/pbl/about/news/2008-National-Leadership-Conference-Results/. 
  9. ^ http://www.wolverinegreen.com/genrel/logos.html
  10. ^ http://www.wolverinegreen.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/030509aaa.html
  11. ^ http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700241969,00.html New Great West Conference
  12. ^ http://media.www.uvureview.com/media/storage/paper982/news/2008/04/14/News/Fond-Farewell.To.The.College.Times-3323554.shtml
  13. ^ http://www.uvureview.com/aboutus/
  14. ^ http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/orem/article_5111ceff-8b3a-5fd5-bc77-4ca4270ed677.html

"UVSC celebrates first 'unofficial' university grads"; Salt Lake Tribute,http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5767536

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