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UVU Blogs

Here’s a list of UVU blogs- blogs written by people who attend UVU, or about UVU.

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UVU Press Releases blogs.uvu.edu/newsroom 2017
UVU Athletics gouvu.com 2017
UVU Bookstore bookstore.uvu.edu 2017
UVU Art & Design uvu.edu/artdesign 2017
UVU Art Labs uvuartlab.blogspot.com 2017
UVU PRSSA uvuprssa.org/news 2017
UVU Magazine uvualumni.org 2017
The Review uvureview.com 2017
American Marketing Association uvuama.com 2017
Tara Taylor tarataylor.on.uvu.edu 2017
Nate Mullen nathanmullen276.on.uvu.edu 2017
Charlee Smartt charleesmartt.on.uvu.edu 2016

UVU Groups

UVU Groups On Facebook

  1. UVU International Students (1,596 members)
  2. UVU Filmmakers Club Group (1,291 members)
  3. UVU Theatrical Arts Group (1,222 members)
  4. UVU Theatre Group (1,182 members)
  5. UVU Facebook Group (822 members)
  6. UVU ASL Club (754 members)
  7. UVU Friends (706 members)
  8. UVU School Of The Arts (640 members)
  9. UVU eSports Club (629 members)
  10. Utah Valley University Friends (582 members)
  11. UVU Amigos Do Brasil (534 members)
  12. UVU Audio Club (461 members)
  13. UVU Illustration (396 members)
  14. UVU Earth Science Group (334 members)
  15. UVU Psychology Club (329 members)
  16. Utah Valley University Philosophy (298 members)
  17. UVU Think Tank (185 members)
  18. UVU Longboarding Club (178 members)
  19. UVU Club Leaders 2017-2018 (176 members)
  20. UVU Athletes 2015-2016 (159 members)
  21. UVU Dance Team Alumni (147 members)
  22. Autism Studies @ UVU (126 members)
  23. Utah Valley University Pre-Health Group (115 members)
  24. Music In Media Club At UVU (91 members)
  25. UVU Symphony Orchestra (89 members)
  26. UVU Book Exchange (82 members)
  27. UVU Investment Club (64 members)
  28. UVU Nursing Class Of April 2018 (52 members)
  29. Tabletop @ UVU (45 members)

Other UVU Groups And Forums

  1. UVU Clubs

UVU Survey

We’re surveying people who attend(ed) UVU. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your first name, Years you attended UVU)

**Click here to share your experience at UVU**

UVU: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about UVU?

  • Nice atmosphere. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • The professors in the upper level classes. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • The teachers genreally work with you, and want you to succeed.. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • The free food. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • Professors. (K., 2015-2017)
  • Small class sizes. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • The talented and wonderful teachers. (April, 2014-2017)
  • The diversity of the student body and approachable professors. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • It’s always growing. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • Variety of ages of students; fantastic, engaged teachers. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Classes. (Fran, 2013-2017)
  • Faculty. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • It’s small, but still has opportunities. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • I loved the atmosphere. It seemed like there was always some kind of activity going on every week that was hosted by the school. The teachers were also very good to work with, as long as students make an effort to really take in what is being taught and discussed. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • The nursing program and that it’s not BYU. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Hands-on experience. (Kade, 2010-2017)
  • The support from teachers. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • It’s growing like crazy. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • School colors and the men’s volleyball club team. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about UVU?

  • Toilet paper. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • Parking and affordable housing in the area. There isn’t much of a campus culture. Without dorms people really don’t hang out around campus, or form a community. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • I can’t get student housing, despite being full-time, because I’m over 30. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • The lack of on campus housing. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • Professors. (K., 2015-2017)
  • I didn’t feel challenged, but I guess that’s what made it easy to hold a part-time job. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • People bashing BYU. (April, 2014-2017)
  • Administration trying to make UVU like BYU and ignoring upperclassmen’s needs, so they can graduate. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • UVU doesn’t market enough. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • Parking. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • There’s no school spirit. (Fran, 2013-2017)
  • The food options. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • Not very many graduate degrees are offered. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • Parking was a bit of an issue, especially if I wanted to park close to class. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • Academic advisors. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Begging and groveling for necessities to keep up with the “industry standards” that the school values so much. (Kade, 2010-2017)
  • Parking. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • No football. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • Too ‘commuter school’ feeling. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Things To Do

What are fun things to do while at UVU? Best kept secrets, etc.

  • Esports club. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • Take classes in the summer- there are smaller class sizes and chiller teachers. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • Join more clubs than you want to be in, and let them weed themselves out of your time. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • Finding the free food, and if you have joined a club, those are good too. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • Lots of food options, getting Starbucks coffee in the library, etc. (K., 2015-2017)
  • I don’t know, I didn’t socialize. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • Hang out at the games center at the SLWC, go to the choir concerts (on campus and off), seeing theatre shows and opera stuff. (April, 2014-2017)
  • Getting involved with research and clubs. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • The hidden events and free meetings. Activities where I get to experience something different in real life. I remember one time trying out a 3D pen a few years ago before it was a big thing. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • ? Don’t know…? I love the stained glass… (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Student center. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • Get to know your professors because the classes are so small. Be involved in clubs. Be involved in research. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • There are places to eat, but now they have a rock climbing wall and other available activities in their student center that are free to full-time students I believe. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • LDS Institute! Free parking as long as you’re attending a class, and they are always having activities and free food. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • The basketball games are underrated, anything with free food. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • Volleyball games. Men’s club and women’s team. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Recommended Classes/Professors

Any classes or professors you recommend?

  • John Anderson. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • David Litchford’s public speaking class, Kristine Doty for any social work class and Kindra Amott for any philosophy class. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • Take Early American History from Michael Goode- it’s amazing. Ethan Sproat is an excellent English teacher- very fun and supportive of his students. STAY AWAY FROM LEE MORTENSEN. SHE RUINS CREATIVE WRITING. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • Dr. Draper, Tiffany Roe, Marcy Hehnly, Dr. Breton, Colin Brinkerhoff (for math). (K., 2015-2017)
  • Dr. Draper, Cici Keetcj, Terri Sawyer, Larinda Nielson. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • I’ve loved all my music classes. (April, 2014-2017)
  • Any of the biology classes. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • My favorite professor retired. Society of the family is really fun. Eastern religions. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • Shannon Atkinson for Ethics and Values, Justin Hill for Anatomy Lab, Melissa Heath for Voice, Dr. Bracken for Physiology or Patho, Dr. Pepper for English anything… (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Any and all ASL classes. (Fran, 2013-2017)
  • The entire philosophy department. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • Any of the exercise science classes. I loved Bracken for physiology. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • The engineering and graphics design departments in the computer science building, I loved every one of my drafting 3D modeling classes. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • Jared Huff for Math, Leslie Simon for Humanities. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Any of the psychology professors are awesome. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • Depends on your major.. Check Rate My Professor. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • Dr. Hammond – Sociology. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Housing Advice

Any housing tips or recommendations?

  • Wolverine Crossing is overpriced. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • If you’re going to do student housing, be under 30. Otherwise, good luck. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • Good luck. (K., 2015-2017)
  • BYU housing is cheaper. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • Rent a room from a private homeowner or a small apartment complex. Research your rights as a tenant. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • Either make friends with your roommates, or hide forever. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • I lived at home with my family… Pretty awesome. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Don’t live in UVU housing. (Fran, 2013-2017)
  • I lived in Spanish Fork while attending UVU, and I loved being able to be a part of the college scene during the day, but being able to go home away from it all at night. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • Live with your parents as long as possible. It saves so much money. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Live as far away from campus as possible. The closer you get, the more ridiculous housing gets. (Kade, 2010-2017)
  • Share an apartment with friends. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • Do not live in Provo. I regretted it so much. It’s cheaper, but seriously live with other UVU students in Orem. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • Live at Carriage Cove for the volleyball. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Places To Eat

What are the best places to eat near UVU?

  • Cupbop. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • Kohinoor and Five Star BBQ. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • McDonald’s, iHop. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • The food court there is great, the Krispy Kreme is nearby, and there’s the Waffle Love and a really good Italian place on Provo Center Street. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • There’s not a lot near UVU, but some inside. Lots of fast food options like Jamba Juice, Taco Bell. About 5-10 minutes away are Village Inn, Noodles and Co, Rumbis, P.F. Chang’s. (K., 2015-2017)
  • J Dawgs. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • Sakura, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys, Five Sushi Bros. (OK, that one’s in Provo, but it’s REALLY good). (April, 2014-2017)
  • Shoga (sushi) is super hip and has great food and drinks. Savory Thai and any other restaurants in that strip mall on Center Street are really good. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • Cup Bop, Asa Ramen, Valley View Cafeteria, Jamba Juice. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Very few healthy options. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • Cubbys is kinda close. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • Subway was always the most affordable for me… (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • Thai Evergreen. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Joe’s Cafe. (Kade, 2010-2017)
  • The food court. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • Costa Vida on campus. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • My grandma’s. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Crime & Safety

How’s crime/safety at UVU?

  • Backpack got stolen, so r.i.p.. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • Orem PD is one of the better police departments in the greater SLC area and Orem has less crime then Provo. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • I feel safe, but I’m not exactly a targeted group. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • It’s pretty safe there. There are campus police and they are very nice and helpful. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • Crime is very low. (K., 2015-2017)
  • Good. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • It seems great to me, but I usually study, and work right near the police station in the GT! (April, 2014-2017)
  • There is a problem with harassment from the LDS community when they have booths on campus. They are really aggressive and rude. There is also a problem with men harassing women on campus. My friend Lauren was punched by a dude on campus for talking about politics, and multiple women I know (including myself) have been sexually harassed by colleagues, and were shamed and ostracized by the administration and campus police for filing reports against the perpetrators. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • Pretty safe, but don’t be stupid- if you’re female, don’t walk alone in the dark; and don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Pretty good. (Fran, 2013-2017)
  • Feels safe to me. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • I had a few semesters where I wasn’t leaving until 11 pm, and I always felt safe! (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • As far as I knew, it was safe… But I’m sure it has its moments. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • Low crime, I think. I mean, I haven’t had any problems. Just be smart. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • I always felt safe there. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • Awesome. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • I never had any issues; don’t know. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Cool Facts

Any other cool facts about UVU?

  • There’s a UVU field station in Capitol Reef! (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • The Pokemon there are pretty good. There are lots of Pokestops. (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • It’s open enrollment, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an amazing school. The School of the Arts is top notch! (April, 2014-2017)
  • Everyone at UVU is here to work hard to make their life better through education. I have a lot of respect for my fellow students, because most of us have sacrificed a lot to be here. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • You may think it’s expensive, but girl don’t you dare run. It sucks! Wasting the time going and coming back! (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • Such a great education at an affordable price; a world-class university with a focus on serving and enriching the community. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Dating is like your GPA; barely okay, but you know you could do better. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • We’re getting a Chick-fil-A and we have that cool stained glass window display in the library. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • It has a perennially excellent men’s volleyball club team. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Advice For Freshmen

Advice for a new Freshman:

  • Join the esports club. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • Take a communication class from Lifecoach Litchford. He has been teaching at UVU for over 30 years and is amazing. (Tyler, 2016-2017)
  • Get involved outside your classes. Make friends, they can help save you and your sanity. Buy the school book if your budget allows, and keep it. It’s surprising how they can become relevant in future classes. (Cas, 2015-2017)
  • Try new things, join clubs, wander the school, make friends, take classes that sound interesting. College is a time to explore, and have fun! (Emily, 2015-2017)
  • Prepare BEFORE class (assignments, readings, etc.). (K., 2015-2017)
  • Get out there and be social. (Lindsey, 2015-2017)
  • Explore, but focus, too. Take a fun class outside of your major every once in a while, and WORK your butt off, too. (April, 2014-2017)
  • Don’t be afraid to make friends and be yourself. Go participate in clubs and network. (Morgan, 2014-2017)
  • Do the electives anyways. (Rachel, 2014-2017)
  • Join clubs. Find your passion. Look for ways to serve and grow. (Beth, 2013-2017)
  • Get involved. (Jake, 2013-2017)
  • Get involved in a lot of different things early (including getting to know your professors). It’s nice to see friendly faces as you walk down the halls. (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • Do full-time… Or it will take you four years to get an associate’s degree, and you end up paying a lot more. The price difference for taking 12 credits vs 18 is very minimal and if you take 18 credits you will save a bunch of money. (Landon, 2011-2015)
  • Don’t skip class. Even if you’re drowning, just be there and absorb what you can and work with your professor. Don’t think you can do morning classes. You can’t. Leave that for a couple years down the road when you have more discipline. So, no classes before 11am. Work a part-time job. There’s no reason you can’t get through your bachelor’s with no debt (I’m a junior and am living proof). And always have noise canceling headphones in your backpack and an external charger and phone cord, just in case. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Take a few classes before you decide on a major. (Jenniefer C., 2010-2016)
  • College isn’t worth the cost, do anything else unless you have a scholarship. (Ben, 2006-2015)
  • Get involved. Go to events. Don’t live in Provo. (Anonymous, 2010-2014)
  • Check out the club sports teams. (Tyler, 2009-2012)

UVU: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had at UVU (interesting/funny/crazy/dangerous, etc.):

  • A 24 hour esports LAN party. (McKay, 2016-2017)
  • A crazy religious professor docked me almost 1/2 points on a paper for not having had an LDS baby blessing. She refused to change my grade when I discussed it with her. (K., 2015-2017)
  • I was a TA for anatomy, and I really loved how it solidified my anatomical knowledge. It helped a ton for grad school! (McCall, 2012-2016)
  • I used to ride the bus to school, and there was a guy that thought the bus was an appropriate place to practice the accordion. (Ashley, 2010-2017)
  • Playing on the men’s volleyball club team. (Tyler, 2009-2012)