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Utah Valley University is a large school, and if earning your degree at a "hub" of activity excites you, this may be the university for you. Utah is the home base for companies like Adobe and Novell. In addition, the school is located only about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. It was founded in 1941 as the Central Utah Vocational School, then it became Utah Valley State College. In 2008, when it earned university status, the name of the school was changed to Utah Valley University. There are 31,556 students enrolled in 83 undergraduate majors and 50 teaching majors and minors. The uni9versity has chosen not to participate in the U.S. News and World report ranking program, but its students consistently earn first and second place overall in the national SkillsUSA competition. If you attend this school, most of your classes will have less than 50 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1.

Utah Valley University Accreditation Details

• Commission on Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association
• Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
• American Dental Association
• Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
• Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

Utah Valley University Application Requirements

If you are applying to the university as a first-time freshman, you will need to complete the online application available on the school website and submit it, any required documents and your $35 non-refundable application fee to the school. You should have your social security number available as well as a method of payment when you apply. You may also be asked to write a brief essay. You will have the ACT or SAT testing agency send your scores directly to the university. The same is true for your high school transcript. It may be sent electronically, through the mail or faxed. If you are transferring from another college, you will need to have your college transcripts sent as well, and you should check with an advisor to find out if you should register as a freshman, as this depends upon credits completed. Graduate students should apply to the program they want to pursue, whether it is the MBA, M.Ed, or the MSN degree program. As a high school student, you might qualify for admission after your junior year if you have a 3.5 GPA and have scored 25 or better on the ACT or a composite 1130 on the SAT critical reading and math tests. Admission staff will evaluate you application for maturity and motivation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for a resident undergraduate student taking an average, 12 credit, course load is $2,339 plus $350 in mandatory fees. Out-of-state students will pay $7,247 plus the $350 fee per semester. Students who take more than 25 credits beyond their major requirements will pay $180 per credit hour for the extra credit hours and that amount is $560 per credit hour for non-resident students. Graduate student tuition and fees for those earning a degree in education or nursing is approximately $3,506 a semester for residents and $9,974 for non-residents. MBA tuition is $7, 226 for residents and $15,206 for students who do not live in Utah. Beyond those costs, you will have to allow for housing and meals, books and other materials. College educations are costly and, if you need help to pay for yours, there are assistance programs available. The first step is to complete a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form. This form uses information you supply about your family financial situation as well as your own. That data will be used to calculate the amount your family will contribute to your education. When your contribution is subtracted from the actual cost of attending your school, the result is your financial need. The government then awards you grants and loans for which you qualify. They may even award you a work-study opportunity if the school participates in that program. After you receive your Award letter from FAFSA, you should begin applying for other scholarships. Utah Valley University has a general application which can be used to apply for institutional aid like the Dean's Merit Scholarship, which awards full tuition for one or two semesters. Other school scholarships include the Alumni Legacy, the Leadership Scholarship, Community Engagement Scholarship and others. Some of these are supported by donors to the university and are awarded on the basis of financial need or academic merit. You might also qualify for a scholarship through your department of study. Corporation's and private individuals offer scholarships with varying requirements as well, and these may be searched online. Another resource for funding your education is student loans. These are special loans that carry low interest and gave deferred pay back options.

Education is King, but So Is Aviation

One of the most popular degrees at the University is the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. This degree prepares you to teach in grades K-6 and also helps you get a Level I Utah Teaching Certificate. The program contains 120 credit hours. There are 36 hours of general education courses, 74 credits in the core classes and electives. There is a heavy emphasis on writing, as many of the Liberal arts courses are offered in a format such as: Writing, Science and Technology; Writing, Humanities and so forth. The major courses address managing a classroom and dealing with different types of learning as well as teaching specific subjects. Senior students complete student teaching and a capstone project. While teaching is an expected major at the university, aviation is a bit unusual. At Utah Valley University, you can study to become a professional pilot. This degree, too, contains 120 credits. There are 35 in the general education component, 33 in core subjects and 40 in your concentration, such as becoming a commercial pilot. Before you begin the program you will need a complete Federal Aviation Administration-approved physical examination. You will study courses like Personal Finance for Aviation Professionals, Aviation Law and Aviation Security as well as others. You will have the opportunity to earn a Flight Pilot Certificate, study Cross-country flying and the use of ground instrumentation. This is a big university and it offers many advantages. If this kind of educational environment appeals to you, you should explore the Utah Valley University website for more details.

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