University College serves a unique role and mission within Utah Valley University. Based on a national model, the name University College signifies opportunity for student success through curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic services, and innovative programs. University College welcomes students at present levels of academic achievement and challenges them with higher expectations. The programs and departments of Literacies & Composition, Student Leadership & Success Studies, Developmental Mathematics, English Language Learning, Academic Counseling Center, Academic Standards, Writing Center, Academic Tutoring, Math Lab, and First Year Experience & Student Retention promote interdisciplinary partnerships as students transition into university academics.
Associate in Arts/Science
Bachelor of Arts/Science
Certificate of Proficiency
University College values student-centered learning and focuses on assisting students exploring the direction of their academic careers, seeking flexibility in degree choices, or undertaking an enhanced college experience.
The courses offered by the Department of Developmental Mathematics are instrumental in providing a foundation not only for higher level math courses, but also for civic, professional, and personal life. The Department provides an inclusive, engaged learning environment fostering student achievement while improving quantitative literacy. The Department of Developmental Mathematics offers MAT 1000, MAT 1010, MAT 1030, and MAT 1035 as transferable, college credit classes. MAT 1000 and MAT 1010 are also offered as prerequisites for MAT 1030, STAT 1040, MATH 1050, and MATH 1090. The Department of Developmental Mathematics also offers preparatory, non-transferable courses for students who need to strengthen mathematics skills before entering credit-bearing courses.
English Language Learning
The mission of the intensive English language program at UVU is to help non-native English-speaking students to understand and successfully use academic English at an American university. To accomplish this goal, our faculty and coursework provide a braod range of excellent academic and social opportunities. These opportunities help students develop and show proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, grammar, and listening/speaking.
Literacies & Composition
The Literacies and Composition Department is dedicated to assisting students and community members who wish to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills in preparation for taking college courses or for self-improvement. Instruction in the Literacies & Composition program emphasizes helping students to think critically, comprehend and respond to written texts, analyze and synthesize texts, organize ideas, use logic and support to present oral and written arguments, compose in a variety of electronic environments, and learn the conventions of academic English. The Literacies & Composition Department strives to accomplish its mission by providing a learner-centered environment which allows students to develop self-confidence along with the skills necessary to succeed in their academic or occupational endeavors. The Department uses a variety of instructional formats including traditional classroom settings, hybrid and online instruction, collaborative learning activities, peer and instructor tutorials, and individualized instruction to meet student needs.
Student Leadership & Success Studies
The mission of the Student Leadership and Success Studies (SLSS) department is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to meet the challenges of college. Students may choose from a variety of SLSS courses which best fit their academic needs. Our courses help students with the preparation for the demands of college life, the selection/pursuit of major and career paths to graduation, the improvement of time management, stress manamgement, effective library research, and the developing of essential life skills. The SLSS courses prepare students to develop and apply leadership in their lives, facilitating personal and social impact.
Academic Counseling Center
The Academic Counseling Center (ACC) is committed to meeting the career and academic needs of current and future students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our center is an ideal starting point for undecided students, with many working towards their Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Arts (AA) degree in University Studies, or those pursuing professional programs requiring formal application such as Law and Medical school. Students also have the option of a Bachelor in Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in University Studies. This provides a flexible option for students in which other degrees may not meet their needs.
Academic Advising & Counseling
Academic counselors are available to assist students in determining and achieving their educational goals. Counselors are qualified to help students select majors and careers, review prior education, and plan educational programs.
The ACC provides advisement for general education requirements and is the advisement center for those majoring in University Studies. Students are referred to departmental advisors for help in meeting their major requirements. Other services provided include assisting students experiencing academic difficulties and enforcing academic standards.
The ACC also has counselors for students seeking admission into Law School, Medical, Dental, Nursing and many other health occupations.
Referrals are made to help students achieve their educational goals. Some of these include referrals to personnel in the Accessibility Services Center, Student Health Services, Testing Services, University Studies, and to academic departmental advisors.
Career Assessment & Counseling
Our counselors provide a full range of career assessment. These services include:
The primary mission of the Academic Standards Office at UVU is to promote students’ academic success and to assist those experiencing academic difficulty. The work of the Academic Standards Office is to assist students in discovering and accessing the personal or university resources that will allow them to reach their full potential. When students fall below the grade point average standard of 2.0, the programs of the Academic Standards Office are intended to bring them back on course toward academic success and graduation.
Academic Standards will help students find success through:
Learning Strategies Support
The Learning Strategies Support Services assists students in developing increased self-awareness of their learning challenges and utilizing resources to create and implement a self-improvement plan to become active and independent learners and to achieve academic success.
Learning Strategies Support provides many resources for students:
First-Year Experience & Student Retention
First-Year Experience and Student Retention (FYESR) administers multiple programs designed to support student success which include Early Alert, Stoplight, and Retention Mentors. FYESR also coordinates UVU’s First Year Experience (FYE) program which includes:
Student Success and UVU Mentor Program
The Student Success/UVU Mentor program, in partnership with Student Affairs, focuses on preparing students for their college experience. The program is committed to leveraging students for success and persistence in achieving their academic goals. The program is fully integrated into campus-wide student success and retention initiatives. The University Student Success course (SLSS 1000), taught through the Department of Student Leadership Success Studies, is the recommended starting point for first-year students. The objectives of the University Student Success course include:
The program is home to the UVU Mentors. Our UVU Mentors are dedicated student leaders who are trained to mentor first-year students and assist instructors in every section of University Student Success. The goals of UVU Mentors are to connect personally to their students by mentoring them and modeling the skills being taught. UVU Mentors are students who are successful in their SLSS 1000 class, who then enroll in the Leadership Mentoring I class (SLSS 2200), and then were selected to serve as peer mentors. UVU Mentors are awarded tuition waivers for their service.
Tutoring services are available at no charge to all UVU students. Qualified tutors provide one-on-one tutorials and help lead group study sessions and workshops. Information about tutoring may be obtained by contacting Directors of any of the following services.
Department Administrative Offices: LA 201
Drop in tutoring/study labs at the following locations:
Individual appointments, course review sessions, and Supplemental Instruction are also available. Online tutoring is available by appointment at www.uvu.upswing.io. All services are free.
The Math Lab provides free drop-in tutoring, classroom support through Supplemental Instruction and Structured Learning Assistance, and access to resources to help students be successful in mathematics. Drop-in tutoring is offered at three main locations on the Orem Campus; West Math Lab (LA 201), East Math Lab (LA 216), and Statistics Lab (LC 301) along with limited hours in the Losee Tutoring Commons and Developmental Mathematics Computer Lab (LA 004). Additionally, tutoring is offered at the Wasatch Campus and limited hours at extended locations at Spanish Fork High School, Westlake High School, and online at https://uvu.upswing.io/
Drop-In Lab: FL 208
The Writing Center provides free one-on-one tutoring to all UVU students. Students may bring writing assignments for any class in face-to-face and web conference tutorials. Students can book appointments by registering an account at uvu.mywconline.com The Center offers free writing workshops, handouts, practice tests, reference books, textbooks, writing manuals, and ESL materials. Graduate student tutoring is also provided. In addition, the Writing Center hosts the Writing Fellows program, a form of supplemental instruction designed to work closely with discipline specific writing courses.