“Welcome to UVU. We are thrilled that you have joined our family of gritty wolverines. As individuals charged with helping students succeed, we are committed to creating a campus environment that is founded on exceptional care, exceptional accountability, and exceptional results. As you learn more about our university, I hope you will see that we are living and applying these values every single day. You could not have chosen a more exciting time to join UVU. I look forward to building a bright future for this university together with you.”

— President Astrid S. Tuminez

University Mission Statement

Utah Valley University is an integrated university and community college that educates every student for success in work and life through excellence in engaged teaching, services, and scholarship.


Our Values

Exceptional Care

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We invite people to “come as you are” and let them know that “UVU has a place for you.” Care means that we strive always to “see” the person in front of us — their strengths and weaknesses, struggles and triumphs, past and potential, and inherent dignity and worth.

Exceptional Accountability

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We are strongly committed to working ethically and effectively. We approach each situation from a position of integrity, knowing that everything we do can help or hinder a positive student experience.

Exceptional Results

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We are committed to creating opportunity systematically for as many people as possible. Our engaged curricula, programs, and partnerships address the intellectual and practical needs of our service area and the larger community.

Our Action Commitments

Student success is the essence of UVU’s mission and the focus of the mission statement. Action commitments identify thematic areas of activity that lead toward fulfillment of the mission. Objectives are specific actions that UVU will take to achieve its mission. They are not themselves specific, actionable goals for the university, but will be implemented in operational and organizational plans. Success is defined by metrics that assess achievement of the objectives.



  1. UVU integrates educational opportunities appropriate to both community colleges and universities.
  2. UVU provides accessible, equitable, and culturally diverse learning experiences and resources for students of all backgrounds, including those historically underrepresented in higher education.
  3. UVU fosters an inviting, safe, and supportive environment in which students, faculty, and staff can succeed.


  1. UVU faculty, staff, and students practice excellent, engaged teaching and learning activities as a community of scholars, creators, and practitioners.
  2. UVU develops relationships and outreach opportunities with students, alumni, and community stakeholders.
  3. UVU employees demonstrate a commitment to student success, professionalism, ethics, and accountability.


  1. UVU supports students in completing their educational goals.
  2. UVU students master the learning outcomes of the University and their programs.
  3. UVU prepares students for success in their subsequent learning, professional, and civic pursuits.

Our history

Throughout its history, UVU has responded to the business and industry needs and population changes of its service region (Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties) population changes and business/industry needs. This responsiveness shows in its mission, program offerings, degree levels, and enrollment increases.



Central Utah Vocational School

Utah Valley University was established in 1941 as Central Utah Vocational School (CUVS) with the primary function of providing war production training.

Utah Trade Technical Institute

In 1963, the school’s name changed to Utah Trade Technical Institute to reflect its growing role in technical training.

Utah Technical College at Provo

The name again changed in 1967 to Utah Technical College at Provo. Through the next two decades, the institution was approved to grant associate degrees of applied science, art, and science.

Utah Valley Community College

With its expanded degree offerings, the institution’s name changed again to Utah Valley Community College in 1987.

Utah Valley State College

In 1993, the institution’s name changed to Utah Valley State College and the mission was expanded to include the offering of bachelor’s degrees.

Utah Valley University

On July 1, 2008, 67 years after its founding, the institution achieved university status — becoming Utah Valley University, and began offering master’s degrees.


Our Leadership

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