Frequently Asked Questions

As we receive questions from parents, we will post frequently asked questions here.

Topics: Getting Started, Degrees, Financial Aid, Concurrent Enrollment, Transfer, Resources for My Student

GETTING STARTED:

1. How do I schedule a campus visit with my son/daughter and talk to someone in a specific academic department?
Call the UVU Prospective Student Services office at 801-863-8811 to arrange a tour of campus and meet with specific departments, or visit uvu.edu/futurestudents/.

2. How does my child apply to UVU?
You can complete the application in paper format or online. Go to http://uvu.edu/admissions/ to learn more. There are instructions for applying as a new student, transfer student, returning student, and more.

3. Are test scores required to get into UVU?
UVU is an open-admission university, meaning no student is denied admission. The University does, however, have enrollment standards in order to help students enroll in courses that match their academic preparation and ability.

Official ACT/SAT or Accuplacer scores: Current ACT/SAT scores are required for all students under the age of 20; all students 20 or older are required to take the Accuplacer placement test. If the ACT or SAT have not been completed or are expired (two years for math and three years for English), placement testing (ACT-R or Accuplacer) is required and can be taken at Testing Services in the Wolverine Service Center. Information, exam costs and hours are available at uvu.edu/testingservices/. All testing must be completed before the admission deadline.

*The admissions deadline is August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester.*

4. What does my student need to complete before registering for school?
UVU has a "Getting Started" checklist that explains what needs to be done prior to registration.

5. Do you have on-campus housing?
No; however, there are dozens of privately owned student housing complexes near UVU with room for thousands of students, many of which are within walking distance of the University. UVU can assist you in finding housing that has been pre-approved by our Housing Office for your student. Call 801-863-8797 or search the listings online.

6. Why should my student live in UVU-sponsored housing?
Although UVU does not have on-campus housing, we do offer sponsored housing. Sponsored housing complexes are in cooperation with UVU and in partnership with the Residential Engagement Coordinator (REC) program. The REC program facilitates activities on a weekly basis that involve students in engaged activities at the apartment complex, designed to bring students together in common social communities. For a complete list of UVU-sponsored housing complexes, vist uvu.edu/housing/.

7. How do I find out about residency requirements?
For up to date residency requirements go here.

8. After my child becomes a student, can I see his/her grades?
Generally, no. You do not automatically have access to your child's educational records (grades, tuition bill, student health records, etc) because of FERPA laws. You must be able to provide documentation that establishes that you provide one-half or more of your student's support.  Learn more about that process and FERPA here.

9. Will my student be required to attend orientation before they can register for classes?
Yes. All new students are required to register for and attend new student orientation before they can register for classes. The orientation office offers multiple sessions at convenient times throughout the year. If your student is from out of state, online orientation may be an option. Visit uvu.edu/orientation/ to find out more information.

DEGREES:

1. What if my student doesn't see the major they want on the list?
Sometimes majors are listed under a different name than what your student may be looking for. For example, you won't find psychology on a list of majors. Psychology is an emphasis under the "Behavioral Science" major. Another example is "Exercise Science" which is listed under "Physical Education and Recreation." Contact the Career and Academic Counseling Center at 801-863-8425 if you want to know if a specific major is offered at UVU.

2. My student is not sure that he/she wants a four-year bachelor's degree. What types of two-year degree programs does UVU offer?
Most of UVU’s vocational and trade programs offer a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. You can get this degree in all housing construction trades, business, nursing, computers and many other areas. This degree is available because certain employers are ready to hire students after two-year degree training and do not require a bachelor’s degree.

FINANCIAL AID:

1. Paying for college can be overwhelming. Is there any financial help available?
YES! Financial Aid offers numerous varieties of aid. To learn more go to the UVU Financial Aid homepage. 

Here are some additional excellent resources:
Funding Education
Guide to Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Checklist

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

1. If my student is taking a concurrent enrollment class from UVU, does he/she need to apply for admission to UVU?
Yes. High school students who are concurrently enrolled at UVU must complete all admissions “getting started” requirements. Concurrent enrollment students will also need to submit any scholarship applications by Feb. 1.

2. Will concurrent enrollment classes be acceptable as college credit anywhere?
Concurrent enrollment credit is accepted in the same manner as all other Utah Valley University credits when transferring to other institutions.

TRANSFER

1. Do general education classes transfer to other schools?
When your student completes UVU’s general education requirements, they will be accepted by all of Utah's state-run schools as fulfilling their general education requirements. They will also be accepted by BYU as meeting their GE requirements providing they have completed an associate degree at UVU. (Caution: this does not apply to the Associate in Applied Science degree, because it does not satisfy lower level bachelor's degree requirements.)

2. If my student plans on a major for which UVU does not have a bachelor’s degree, why should he/she consider UVU rather that go directly to the school which offers the bachelor’s program that he/she wants?
In spite of a full decade of explosive growth, UVU still offers a world of education on a personal level. Smaller class sizes provide a natural transition from high school to college and can help in the success of your student’s college career, even if he or she chooses to transfer away later on.

RESOURCES

1. Does UVU have resources to help my student succeed?
YES! We have created a resource list that is organized according to the items students struggle with the most. In addition your student can always contact their advisor or instructor for assistance. Click herefor the resource list.

2. My child is a veteran. What type of services do they qualify for? Visit veteran services here to learn more about services available.

2. My son/daughter has a learning disability. Do you have any special help for him/her?
UVU has a superb team of specialists to assist those with learning disabilities as well as those who just need additional help in learning specific subjects. We have both an Accessibility Services Office and a tutoring center. Accessibility Services may be contacted at (801) 863-8747.