Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Cons: Parking is a joke. However, they've tried to compensate with adding a parking garage... but I haven't seen anyone actually use it. Also, the amount of adjunct faculty really is staggering. It's unusual to have an actual professor. While sometimes this provides a different pragmatic approach to learning, it also sometimes provides dumb instructors who don't know what they're doing. I have often thought "I could teach this course."
Most instructors often cater (to an extreme) to the students. I have had several instructors ask the students what they wanted the course requirements to be. One actually agreed that we would have a "if you're here, you get credit" FINAL. If you do well often comes down to how much you can get the instructor to bend in your favor. Good for students who want to slack off, not good for students who actually want to learn and work hard for their education. Starting off at this university will give you incredibly unrealistic expectations about how difficult college really is.
Social life is lacking, and there is absolutely NO school pride. Often people are hesitant to even tell people where they go to school. It's that bad. There's also no sports. I suppose we have teams, but no one goes because it's expensive-- even for students. Overall, if you really have no where else to go and have a pulse, this University is for you. Or if you're planning on transferring, go for it! But, don't expect to take away a lot from UVU.
I feel that I was challenged enough for me to learn, but not to the point that my college career was ruined for me. My brother attended BYU and he was so stressed that he had no time for even a part time job, and he couldn't wait to graduate and get out of college. My teachers are understanding, I'm able to have a full time job, and I really don't want to leave.
I really like how the school prepares you for your life after college. I actually never expected to have a job in the future utilizing my English degree, but now I almost want to quit the job I have now to persue something in a related field. Some of the teachers can be arrogant, but I almost feel like they deserve to be. Even though they are full of themselves, they're still willing to help their students.