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Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in Utah with about 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU provides broad access to quality higher education and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand graduate degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education and engaged learning. UVU holds the Carnegie Foundation’s Baccalaureate/Diverse Fields classification as well as the Community Engagement elective classification.
UVU is dedicated to providing a community that not only affords every opportunity for student success, but also fosters engagement and recreational activity outside the classroom to enhance the student experience. UVU's unique Student Success classes for freshman are designed to integrate new students into the UVU community through the support of student mentors and advisers, in addition to providing new students with study tips and helpful recources to get them on track for a successful university experience. Beyond the classroom, students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities, including clubs, intramurals and other student organizations available on campus.
|Total Undergraduate Students||33,246|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||282||1%|
|African American / Black||300||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||298||1%|
|Two or More Races||581||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||747||2%|
|Where do UVU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||13%|
|How old are UVU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||43%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||18 - 24|
|Math||17 - 24|
|English||17 - 24|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||25%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||58%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||56%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.24|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||65%|
The cost to attend Utah Valley University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||25 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||75%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||95%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||553|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||34%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||12%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||65%|
<1% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
<1% of all undergraduates live on campus
Although UVU’s campus is recognized as one of the safest in the nation, campus police take extra precautions to ensure the security of students and employees on the premises. The Utah Valley University Police Department, fully accredited by the State of Utah, maintains the same full police powers and responsibilities as officers in other Utah law enforcement agencies. Charged with protecting persons and property on campus, the force provides 24-hour-a-day police patrol and security protection for the benefit of all University properties, employees, students and visitors.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Utah Valley University in 2010-11|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-11|
|BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES||24%|
|TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING||9%|
|COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES||6%|
First-time students in Fall 2010 that returned for their second year: 54%
UVU is committed to evaluating the strength of its educational programs in multiple ways. In that light, the University has selected the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Progress (CAAP) to be administered to a selected group of students who have applied for graduation during the Spring semester 2012. We are specifically interested in tracking changes of students. We are specifically interested in tracking changes in the writing and critical thinking ability of students.
Last September (Sept. 2011), a sample of incoming freshmen was given assessments in writing and critical thinking areas. The Critical Thinking assessment was administered to 209 student, of which 187 scores were used. The Writing Essay was administered to 201 students, of which 183 scores were used. The tests were administered in the entry level English and Math courses, with high percentage of first time freshman in those courses.
The CAAP test is key to our assessment of the essential learning outcomes of our university. In addition, the aggregated results will be part of our public profile for the Voluntary System of Accountability as documentation of student learning.
We expect results for this assessment to be available by the end of the Summer semester, 2011.
The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) measures critical thinking and written communication using two test modules -- critical thinking and a writing essay. The critical thinking and writing scores are reported separately below.
The increase in critical thinking skills is at or near what would be expected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.
Freshman Score: 60.0
Senior Score: 64.0
CAAP score range: 40 to 80
Average ACT scores for tested students
Freshman Score: 19
Senior Score: 22
The increase in written communication skills is at or near what would be expected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.
Freshman Score: 3.0
Senior Score: 4.0
CAAP score range: 1 to 6
Average ACT scores for tested students
Freshman Score: 21
Senior Score: 22