Utah Valley University

  • 800 West University Parkway
  • Orem, UT 84058
  • (801) 863-4636
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When Utah Valley State College became Utah Valley University in 2008, some wondered what could remain of its humble roots. But through the college's growth and expansion, its commitment to bringing education and prosperity to the community has remained the same since the day it was founded. As World War II loomed, the U.S. needed skilled craftsmen to produce arms and ammunition for the Allied Forces. For this purpose, in 1941 Hyrum E. Johnson brought vocational classes offered around Utah to one central Provo location (now the site of the East Bay Business Park). After the war, the State Legislature made the school a permanent state institution and named Wilson W. Sorensen director in 1945. The next two decades were filled with expansion; enrollment skyrocketed after Sorenson moved the school to 1300 North University Avenue in Provo, overloading campus capacities. After several name changes, in 1967 the school became Utah Technical College at Provo and began awarding associate degrees. The demand for more space prompted college officials to purchase and begin building on a large piece of farmland in southwest Orem adjacent to Interstate 15, the site UVU occupies today. In 1982, J. Marvin Higbee became the third president of the institution. During Higbee’s five years as president, the College increased its offerings and in 1987 became Utah Valley Community College. Kerry D. Romesburg was appointed president in 1988. He emphasized international education, arts and humanities, and short-term training throughout the college’s curriculum and improved the face of campus by adding and expanding buildings. Through his efforts, voter-approved funding was obtained for an 8,500-seat special events center on campus as well as the Wasatch Mountain Campus. Under his leadership, the institution became Utah Valley State College in 1993 and began offering bachelor degrees. In 2003, College officials conducted a national search for a new president, ultimately welcoming William A. Sederburg to the helm of UVSC. Sederburg wasted no time in working with local and state officials to put in place a plan for obtaining university status. To become a university, the school needed to build a new expansive library and start offering master’s degrees. After only a year and a half, the feat was accomplished. Utah State Legislature unanimously granted UVSC university status and on July 1, 2008 the school became Utah Valley University. New Beginnings As UVU embarks on its new journey as a university, it has a new state of the art library/digital learning center to go with it. With 190,000 square feet and five levels, it provides students, faculty and community members with classrooms, labs, study rooms and offices. UVU also has its first master’s program in Education. In the near future, master’s programs in business and nursing will be offered. Soon after university status was granted, President Sederburg was named Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education, and Matthew S. Holland currently serves as president of Utah Valley University.  
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Utah Valley University Meeting Facilities
  • Total Sq. Ft. 28500
  • Number of Rooms 5
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Seating Capacity Room Size
Room Name Theater Classroom Banquet Reception Dimensions Height Sq.Ft.
Arena Floor 7000 2200 X 2500
East Court 700 X 10000
West Court 700 X 10000
North Presidential Room 150 X 3000
South Presidential Room 150 X 3000

Randi Zuckerbrug Executive Lecture 2017

  • August 31, 2017
  • Utah Valley University

Randi Zuckerberg will be discussing the newest trends in technology, business and entrepreneruship you should be watching for. With new opportunities in these fields come new obstacles. Randi will... Read More

Roots of Knowledge Lecture Series 2017

  • September 12, 2017
  • Utah Valley University

The Roots of Knowledge lecture series features faculty discussing the stories behind the images portrayed in the stained glass.

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Strengthening the Impact of Girls & Women: Resilience, Social Media, & Bias

  • September 18, 2017
  • Ragan Theater, Utah Valley University
  • Phone: (801) 863-5724

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Who should come: Women (12 years and older) and those who influence them are invited (this means men are welcome too)!

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Elaine Dalton, the UVU Board... Read More

2017 Consitutions Week: Free Markets and the Constitution

  • September 21, 2017
  • Utah Valley University
  • Phone: (801) 863-5470

The Center for Constitutional Studies will be hosting the 2017 Constitution Week Conference: Free Markets, Economic Liberty, and the Constitution. We are having nationally acclaimed scholars... Read More

Book Academy 2017

  • September 26, 2017
  • Utah Valley University

UVU is hosting a conference for writers and illustrators to help them develop their writing skills and get published. We'll have a wide array of experts covering a variety of topics. Writers of all... Read More

Roots of Knowledge Lecture Series 2017

  • September 26, 2017
  • Utah Valley University

The Roots of Knowledge lecture series features faculty discussing the stories behind the images portrayed in the stained glass.

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