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Utah Valley University has many awesome resources to help you succeed and thrive on campus. While there are no dorms or dining halls, there are lots of different tutoring labs available, as well as a quiet library and computer labs to work in. The atmosphere is pretty friendly, and there are always activities, lectures, and pop-up events going on. The classes are fairly well structured, and feedback is super important to faculty. There are a lot of great professors here, though I recommend you look up how other students rated them on ratemyprofessor.com before you find the one nightmare teacher!
Not all professors are top-notch, there are adjunct professors (which some are awesome, don't get me wrong) and professors who are tenured and don't seem to care as much anymore. That's why I'd make sure you find out who your teacher is before you even apply (I check ratemyprofessor.com). Certain classes have been thrown together, and leave you more confused than anything, and I've also had teachers who were hired a week before classes and were just as lost as the students. Aside from this, if you need help, you very much have to reach out and find help yourself, and it's not always great when you do find it; the university makes it fairly difficult to find information. This especially goes for learning disabilities, if you're struggling in classes, or need accommodations or financial aid.
Honestly, UVU is great. They provide a great education. One part that makes it different is that there is no on-campus housing. I know they are planning to get some in the future but that definitely makes the experience different. But they have an awesome student life center that I go to with my friends pretty often.
Honestly, there wasn't much I didn't like. There were certain classes and teachers I didn't particularly love but you'll have that anywhere. Other than that it has been great.
I like how flexible UVU is. I can work full-time and still manage 12-16 credits a semester, and with online classes offered, I can work on my degree anytime I'm not at work. The advisors, professors, and faculty are driven toward each student's success. I love it here and am glad I transferred here from Brigham Young University.
I have no complaints. I just can't offer much insight about food, dorms, etc. there because I live off-campus with my wife - who goes to BYU - and I have mostly online classes, so I don't experience much of campus life.
UVU is more of a little town with students that you'll see but might not know very well. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in clubs. The STEM courses are difficult.
Parking is difficult. The area in and around the school can be chaotic for cars.
I came to UVU with the goal of finishing my degree and getting out, but I have gotten so much more out of my time here so far. In all of my classes, I have been able to get a hands-on learning experience. Learned from both my professors as well as my fellow students.
One thing I wish I had been given was a campus tour as part of orientation. It was an online orientation but even just having someone start outside and walk you through the campus would have been very helpful. I wasn't an incoming freshman, I was a transfer student and the campus was different from what I was coming from.