Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University, or UVU, is a publicly funded university located in Orem, Utah

Utah Valley University has an enrollment of nearly 35,000 students. Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the State of Utah. The university offers approximately 58 bachelor degrees, 66 associate degrees, 21 certificate/diploma programs, and 3 high-demand master degrees in education, business, 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.

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.

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 initial accreditation from the AACSB with that accreditation being maintained in 2011.

In September 2011, President Matthew Holland reiterated UVU’s position on open enrollment. In a Deseret News article, Geoffrey Fattah wrote, “Starting in the fall of 2012, UVU will implement a new ‘structured enrollment’ policy. While remaining open enrollment, Holland said new standards will be implemented. Applicants age 23 and under must score at least a 19 on the ACT and have a 2.5 GPA. Students age 24 and older will be expected to meet the minimum requirements on the Accuplacer entrance exam.”

About 88% of UVU students come from Utah but an increasing number of students come from other states, and other countries. In 2009, UVU students represented all 50 US states and 67 countries.

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