5 fast facts about Utah Valley University

1.) 38% of UVU students are 1st generation

Thirty-eight percent of UVU students are first generation. In 2018, there were 1,280 first-generation student graduates from UVU. UVU provides mentoring, events, and support through its I Am First program, which automatically includes all first-generation students at UVU.

Last year, President Astrid S. Tuminez announced a new $15 million First Generation initiative aimed at raising funds for scholarships and programming that supports UVU’s first-generation students. Donors have already committed $3 million and UVU plans to secure full funding of the initiative in the next three to five years.

2.) UVU students challenge the idea of the “traditional” college student

  • 27% of UVU students are 25 years or older
  • 56% of UVU students work part-time
  • 52% of students receive financial aid assistance
  • 23% of graduates participate in internship for credit

3.) UVU welcomed a new president

In 2018, Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez became the 7th president of UVU. She is the first woman to serve full-time as UVU president. Raised in the slums of the Philippines, Tuminez rose to become a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft. She is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

4.) UVU is the largest public university in the state

According to USHE fall third-week numbers, enrollment at UVU is 39,931 students for the 2018-19 school year. That’s a 7.1% increase in student population over last academic year. Despite the ever-growing student population, the average class size at UVU is 23 students.

5.) UVU’s dual mission means it offers a wide variety of degrees and certificates

Degrees and Certificates:

  • 8 master’s degrees
  • 89 bachelor’s degrees
  • 65 associate’s degrees
  • 46 certificate programs

Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which offers services and programs typical of a community college but also those of a regional university to provide opportunity, promote student success, and meet regional educational needs.

UVU’s dual mission serves as an essential addition to other higher education models in the state.


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