Utah Valley University in Orem, UT

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About Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University is located about five miles north of Provo, in Orem, Utah. The 4-year public school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It was founded in 1941 and operates a 200-acre main campus as well as three other campuses.


Utah Valley University offers 21 certificate and diploma programs, 68 associate's degree programs, 59 bachelor's degree programs and three graduate degree programs. The university operates eight schools focusing on the humanities and social sciences, technology and computing, science and health, arts, education, business, interdisciplinary studies and university studies. It also operates a graduate studies school as well as an extended education school. About 60 departments are organized within those schools.

The school offers 150 online courses and seven online degree programs. Students may also study or complete internships abroad in locations such as Peru, Ireland and Costa Rica. To facilitate study abroad, the university has established several partnerships with overseas schools. Students studying abroad pay the same tuition rates as they do for attending Utah Valley.

In the Fall of 2010, the school employed approximately 1,700 faculty members, about 950 of which were employed full-time. At that time, it had a student-to-faculty ratio of 26:1.


Undergraduate students can apply online or by mail. The school does not use the common application but rather requires applicants to submit a school-specific application. Applications for fall entrance are due August 1 and for spring entrance December 1of each year. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, and the school usually provides applicants with their student ID number within two days of acceptance.

In the Fall of 2011, the school enrolled approximately 33,250 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. In the Fall of 2010, about 89% of students were Utah residents, 10% non-Utah residents and 1.4% international students. About 50% of the students attended on a full-time basis. Also in the Fall of 2010, the school admitted 100% of all applicants.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, in-state undergraduates paid $312 per credit hour and out-of-state undergraduates $971 per credit hour. The school also offers a half-credit-hour charge, which was $232.50 for in-state undergraduates and $723 for out-of-state undergraduates for the 2012-2013 school year. Students may pay using loans, scholarships or grants or through a payment plan that allows them to spread payments throughout a semester. Merit-based scholarships are available.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, undergraduate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body About 33,250 undergraduate and 150 graduate students (Fall 2011)**
Student Housing Not offered*
Schools and Programs 21 certificate and diploma programs, 68 associate's degree programs, 59 bachelor's degree programs and three graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1 (Fall 2010)**
Most Popular Fields of Study Based on number of degrees awarded in spring 2011: associate's: health professions and related programs (123); bachelor's: business, management, marketing and related support services (538); master's: education (18)**
Overall Graduation Rates 29% (based on students who began studies in fall 2005; Fall 2011)**
Admissions Rate Unknown; the school has a rolling admissions policy**
Entering Class Size 4,895 first year, first time degree or certificate seeking undergraduate students (Fall 2010)***
First Year Retention Rates 62% (Fall 2011)**
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students 21 (Fall 2010)*
Application Due Date August 1 for fall enrolment; December 1 for spring enrollment*
Decision Notification Date 2-3 days after submission of application*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $312 for one credit hour for in-state students and $971 for one credit hour for out-of-state students (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent Receiving in fall 2010) Federal grants (36%), state or local grants (4%), institutional grants (26%), loans (36%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 75% (Fall 2011)**

Sources: *Utah Valley University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: Mail Stop #106 800 W University Pkwy Orem, UT 84058-5999
  • Phone: 801-863-8466
  • Website: www.uvu.edu

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