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This 4-year public university is found in a small city in Utah named Orem. Because it’s located in a traditionally Mormon state, people wonder if it is affiliated with the Mormon church or the Latter-Day Saints. But it isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination. Campus housing is not provided—if you look at the image on Google Maps, you’ll see one two-story building. The university is 100% online enrollment.

Overview of Utah Valley University (UVU)

If you do travel to Utah to handle information with the university that you need to deal with in-person, you might also want to take some time to travel around and take in the natural beauty. The mountain peaks covered with snow are a sight that draws visitors’ eyes well into the spring. While you’re visiting, you might want to go to Mount Timpanogos Park, where you can spend some time in the beauty of nature.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 22 to 1. However, since enrollment is online only, your professors or TAs will only be an e-mail away. The student population is 39,931 and only 534 of those students are in master’s programs.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 22:1
Graduation Rate 32%
Year Founded 1941

Student Enrollment

Total Students39,931


Undergraduate Student

Male 20,880
Female 18,517

Graduate Student

Male 283
Female 251

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UVU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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Application Fee $35
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College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted No

UVU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

When you look at the total cost of everything you’re going to pay for one year at Utah Valley University, you’re going to be looking at the in-state or out-of-state tuition, books, supplies, rent and utilities (remember, this university does not have on-campus housing but that may not matter if you will be living at home while you attend), and other charges (such as entertainment). This total cost is around $17,588.

Your financial aid may be able to cover a large part of this total cost. What is left after financial aid is applied is called the average net price, which for a recent academic year was $8,267. More financial aid is available to those families with a lower income, so they often end up paying a lower amount for their total.

  • Families earning less than $30,000 pay around $7,334
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $8,047
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $9,755
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,001 pay around $12,141
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $12,632

Freshmen students who applied for financial aid included about 74% of the entire student body. About 2,357 students (65%) were awarded an average of $5,010 in grants and scholarships and 1,561 (43%) received an average of $3,810 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $8,267
Average Total Aid $5,010
Students Receiving Financial Aid 74%
Room & Board $7,614

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,820
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $16,570
  • Books and Supplies - $724
  • Room & Board - $7,614
  • Other - $3,430


As a freshman, you may weigh whether you should stay at Utah Valley University or transfer to another school. If you decide to stay, you’ll be part of the 64% of students who return for their second year.

The 4-year graduation rate is 13% and the 6-year graduation rate is only a little better at 29%. Because the enrollment is 100% online, you can take your classes whenever you like for the most part. Everything is provided through online instruction—if the classes were linked to the university’s website for students to take, you may be able to take them asynchronously. That is, you may not always have to be logged into the class at the same time as your professor.

The degree programs offered here include (associates, bachelor’s, and master’s): biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; computer and information sciences and support services; construction trades; education; engineering; engineering technology and engineering-related fields; English language; health professions and related programs; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; mechanic and repair technologies/technicians; multi/interdisciplinary studies; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; personal and culinary services; physical sciences; psychology; public administration and social service professions; transportation and materials moving; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 39,931

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 737 Total Graduates / 21%
Business Administration and Management, General 285 Graduates
Accounting 121 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 97 Graduates
Finance, General 72 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 405 Total Graduates / 12%
Psychology, General 405 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 244 Total Graduates / 7%
Design and Visual Communications, General 114 Graduates
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 29 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 27 Graduates
Dance, General 14 Graduates
Music Performance, General 14 Graduates
All Education Majors 242 Total Graduates / 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 122 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 24 Graduates
History Teacher Education 19 Graduates
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 16 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 227 Total Graduates / 7%
Computer Science 72 Graduates
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 65 Graduates
Information Science/Studies 43 Graduates
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 35 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 227 Total Graduates / 7%
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 106 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 96 Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 25 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 40%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate from Utah Valley, you’ll be able to earn a very good salary. Your early-career salary may be about $42,400 and your mid-career salary should be around $68,700.

Keep in mind that the 4-year (net price) cost of your education is $33,068. This affects your return on investment (ROI). Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $596,270 and your 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,283,270.

Once your cost of education has been deducted from your earnings potential, your 10-year projected ROI is $563,202 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,250,202.

An average high school graduate earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $42,400
College Grads Average Salary $42,400
College Grads Mid Career Salary $68,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $424,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,111,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $33,068
10 Year Projected ROI $390,932
20 Year Projected ROI $1,077,932
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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